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Bonzo

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Hi folks,

Went to work on my 16v this afternoon and indicators were working fine.

Bike sat outside for 5 hours in the rain and on the way home I noticed the indicators weren't working. When I pressed either side button the clock slowly diminished too (the numbers not the backlight) and returned again (gradually) when I cancelled the indicators.

Never happened before. Obviously damp related, but where should I start looking?

    

larrikin

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You could be out of blinker fluid.
Indicators stopped working after rain?? Blinke10


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92KK 84WW Olaf

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It works.

It doesn't work.

It works

It doesn't work.

It works.

It doesn't work.

The indications for the future are good.


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red 578 bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 689 58,645 now 106,950 miles Deceased.
1983 K100RS 0011171 Fricka 606 Alaska Blue 29,495 miles Damn K Pox Its a Bat outta Hell Now 37,190 miles. 
1996 K1100LT 0233004 Lohengrin Mystic Red 38,000 miles currently 42,640 miles.

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1968 Yamaha 80 YG1
1971 Yamaha 125 YAS-1
1968 Honda 125 SS
1970 Honda CD 175
1973 Honda CB500-4
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RT

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That happened to me after getting caught in a massive rain storm. Luckily the weather got hot afterwards.
The culprit for me was the indicator switchblock, water got in. It dried out and everything worked after a day. I put some electric tape over the top join of the block which seemed to work in future rain. Maybe didn t look the best but neither do I.
Good luck Bonzo
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Bonzo

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..or in my case

It doesn't work.

It doesn't work.

It doesn't work.

..etc

    

RT

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That happened to me after getting caught in a massive rain storm. Luckily the weather got hot afterwards.
The culprit for me was the indicator switchblock, water got in. It dried out and everything worked after a day. I put some electric tape over the top join of the block which seemed to work in future rain. Maybe didn t look the best but neither do I.
Good luck Bonzo
RT


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RT

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Sorry got carried away.


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92KK 84WW Olaf

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In fairness a few of us did and you didn't complain.

Water in the witch would be the main suspect, when you get some dry weather dry it out and clean it up and DeOxit.


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red 578 bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 689 58,645 now 106,950 miles Deceased.
1983 K100RS 0011171 Fricka 606 Alaska Blue 29,495 miles Damn K Pox Its a Bat outta Hell Now 37,190 miles. 
1996 K1100LT 0233004 Lohengrin Mystic Red 38,000 miles currently 42,640 miles.

Past:
1968 Yamaha 80 YG1
1971 Yamaha 125 YAS-1
1968 Honda 125 SS
1970 Honda CD 175
1973 Honda CB500-4
Honda CX 500
    

Bonzo

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I read of many folk on here recommending DeOxit, but which type - there seems to be many different versions?

    

Bonzo

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@RT wrote:That happened to me after getting caught in a massive rain storm. Luckily the weather got hot afterwards.
The culprit for me was the indicator switchblock, water got in. It dried out and everything worked after a day. I put some electric tape over the top join of the block which seemed to work in future rain. Maybe didn t look the best but neither do I.
Good luck Bonzo
RT

Cheers RT,

Did your clock numbers disappear too (and then gradually re-emerge when you hit the cancel button)?

    

RT

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Yes I lost everything except engine power, although I think my headlight stayed on. I got off my bike in a small town were I was booked in for the night, totally saturated. The temp was 35 deg C and sunny. My books squelched all the way up to the bar and the locals were staring at my wet footprints, wondering where I had been. 
Some of us rode through a mini tornado up Glen Innes way a couple of years ago with no ill effects except water in the final drive. By then I had my trusty electric tape over the join on the switch. I had replaced the switch with a new one earlier and it just didn t seem to mate up properly at the join.
Do a search on DeOxit on the forum when you have 5 hours to spend and see how much it is loved and hated.(mostly because of the spelling argument. Hello to Blakey.)


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Point-Seven-five

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I am using DeOxit D5.  Three years on three bikes and it feels like I still haven't used half the can.  Best $13 I've spent on maintenance.  I have fixed at least 5-6 electrical issues with it, most recently just this past Wednesday when it got a "new" gas gauge with a funky connector working.   
By not removing the plating on the contacts, DeOxit doesn't encourage further corrosion the way that polishing with an abrasive does.  Following up with a thin film of dielectric grease helps prevent corrosion and water related issues.


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1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

Bonzo

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Thanks very much guys Indicators stopped working after rain?? 112350

    

Bonzo

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Well, it's been over two weeks since my indicators gave up the ghost. I've had the R/H indicator block apart & left it open for a few days (after some time under a hairdryer - first time I've touched one in 25 years), but it still ain't playing. And the clock digits still fade out when I hit the indicator button.

I wonder why the clock fades? What's the connection?

Anywhere else I should be looking?

    

RicK G

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The clock is connected to power all the time so unless you have a battery that is really had it then I would be looking for an earth/ground problem. Have you cleaned all the earth connectors under the tank and at the gearbox. I have found as many others also have that when things just don't make sense that it is more often than not a bad earth.


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Bonzo

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Cheers Rick,

Yeah the battery is in top condition so I'll get the tank off & check the earth's.

    

Holister

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Do you have brake fluid seeping out of the reservoir. You'd notice slight oily residue around the joints in the switch block/brake assembly and maybe some paint peeling off. I've seen this interfere with blinkers before. Its slightly conductive and can interfere with continuity of power and earthing to the blinkers.
Just replace the O-ring at the base of the reservoir. Wash everything with water and spray with electrical contact cleaner or brake cleaner.


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Bonzo

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Holister,

Yes! There is the smallest amount of leakage from the reservoir. Hadn't even noticed it, but it's there.

I'll get on to it in the morning.

Nice one mate  Indicators stopped working after rain?? 112350

    

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