1995 Trident Indicator Issues

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  1. Richard Sharpe

    Richard Sharpe Well-Known Member

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    Im having a puzzling issue with the indicators on the trident. I have fitted new metal body indicators all round initially after fitting they all worked fine, recently they have started all flashing at the same time no matter which switch i use to activate them. I have replaced the flasher unit so in know that is fine.
    Having a fiddle I have managed to narrowed it down, if i disconnect the front left indicator then the other 3 work perfectly, if i take the indicator off the bike and plug it in they all work perfectly, as soon as I touch the indicators attachment screw to the mounting then the fault re appears.
    Could this be a problem with the indicator itself or an earthing issue further down the line?

    Visually the indicator itself is fine and exactly the same as the others, i cant see any exposed wires and it does work so the bulb is ok.

    and help narrowing this down would be really helpful.

    Thanks
     
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  2. capt

    capt Elite Member

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    There may be an issue inside that indicator housing. A bridge in the globe or short in the power wire , shorting to earth ?
     
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  3. joe mc donald

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    Richard Sharpe.
    Yes you may need to run separate earths from the indicators to the bike. Should get away by earthing both rears.
    Happy Christmas.
    Joe.
     
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  4. MadMrB

    MadMrB Elite Member

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    #4 MadMrB, Dec 23, 2019
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2019
    I had a similar issue on my Bonneville, and it turned out to be a short/fault in the cable within the indicator, swapped the cable and problem resolved.

    Edit: Sorry I just remembered it was due to a fault with the indicator connector cable within the headlight, as in the picture below. It had been working fine for a few weeks and then started playing up, swaped the cable and sorted.

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  5. Tricky-Dicky

    Tricky-Dicky Crème de la Crème

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    Sounds like a short as in the pre flasher unit wiring IE switch to flasher relay, as its affecting in the same way as using a hazard switch.
     
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  6. Richard Sharpe

    Richard Sharpe Well-Known Member

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    thanks i replaced the indicator and it seemed to fix the issue
     
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  7. Richard Sharpe

    Richard Sharpe Well-Known Member

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    thaks joe
     
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  8. joe mc donald

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    Fantastic. You know sometimes it simple things that confuse us so much. But I am glad you sorted it.
    Happy New Year.
    Joe.
     
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