GS500E Turn Signal Help

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by ticspd, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. ticspd

    ticspd Guest

    Amateur biker seeks help for his '90 Suzuki GS500E.

    Both my rear and front turn signals stopped working at the same time.

    I have a repair manual that recommended checking the Turn Signal Switch
    Connector, and the actual switch does work. I checked the fuse on the
    bike as well, and its not blown.

    Now I'm stuck. I know there's a turn signal relay, but i don't know how
    to locate it and then proceed to test it?

    If anyone has any recommendations, that would be great!
    ticspd, Aug 30, 2005
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  2. Do you hear a flasher unit ticking at all, when you signal a turn? Are
    all four turn signal bulbs in good condition? It would be rare for all
    four bulbs to burn out simultaneously. When one bulb on one side burns
    out, what usually happens is that one turn signal will light and stay
    on, the flasher won't flash because it needs the current draw of two
    bulbs to heat up the contacts and make them open up. Then when the
    contacts cool down, they close again, light the light, heat up again,
    and so on as long as the switch is in the position to flash a signal...

    Most electrical stuff is located underneath the left hand side cover on
    Japanese motorbikes. The "turn signal relay" is probably actually a
    flasher unit, but who would pay $41 for a turn signal flasher when you
    can buy one for $10 at any auto parts store? (1)

    The "turn signal relay" is shown on the TURN SIGNAL fiche on and is a little plastic box with a square hook to
    hang it on the typical sheet metal tab that would be part of an
    alectrical panel under the left side cover. If you buy a little
    cylindrical autombile flasher unit, you'll have to buy a plastic clamp
    to secure it to the panel.

    To check out a flasher unit, check to see if there is 12 volts going to
    when you put the turn signal switch into the left or right position.

    (1) My GS-1100 has a special timer that shuts the turn signal off after
    the bike has travelled a certain distance or a certain amount of time
    has passed. Check your owner's manual to see if your GS500E has that
    timer feature...
    krusty kritter, Aug 30, 2005
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  3. ticspd

    ticspd Guest

    Wow thanks for the response.

    The GS-500EL doesn't have a timer feature, it's a manual cancel.

    The flasher unit does not tick at all.
    The bulbs are fine as well.

    I will try to test the relay as recommended!

    ticspd, Aug 30, 2005
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