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my headlight quit on me and the side lights dimmed down..any idea…

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Recently my headlight quit on...
Recently my headlight quit on me and the side lights dimmed down..any idea what's going on?
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Motorcycle
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Motorcycle Mechanic: Brian D, Motorcycle Mechanic replied 8 years ago
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2002 What kind of bike would be helpful. Thanks Brian D

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2002 Harley soft tail
Motorcycle Mechanic: Brian D, Motorcycle Mechanic replied 8 years ago
First thing i would look at is the headlight bulb, i would suggest just unplugging it and see if the running lights brighten up. if they do then the light has a short in it causing the problem. just replace the bulb. if not then you will need a test light or volt meter to test for power at the headlight plug. also look under the front tins for a broken black ground wire that hooks to the triple tree. check these few things and let me know what you find. thanks Brian D
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Is this a problem more common to all bikes or is it more specific to Harley's?
Motorcycle Mechanic: Brian D, Motorcycle Mechanic replied 8 years ago

If it is the bulb, it could happen to any bike. most all bikes with single headlight use the

h-4 bulb. Brian D

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