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post Feb 7 2013, 07:31 PM
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I have had a issue with my brake light staying on and burning out for months, It had been in and out of the local dealership twice on the same problem. And been told twice it was just a bad bulb and everything was fine.
I knew that the front brake handle was not fully releasing and causing the problem but up until today could not convince my local HD shop.
So I took it back for the third time today and the head mechanic looks at it for five seconds and says bad master cylinder I can have it replace for you in a hour.
Well Hell yeah! where we you the first time I came in, The Bike is fixed at no cost a couple of weeks before the original warrenty expires and I am happy again.
But sure happy I bought the extended service plan.
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post Feb 7 2013, 07:34 PM
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Awesome. Glad you got that fixed and nothing bad happened (ya know? Brakes? Shit coulda happened).
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post Feb 7 2013, 08:50 PM
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Cool!

Good wrench!
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post Feb 8 2013, 05:12 AM
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Just pisses you off how incompetent most 'pro' mechanics are doesn't it? I'm a cheap bastard who does his own work generally; but when I do take it in to a shop, I EXPECT SOMEONE WHO IS BETTER THAN ME TO WORK ON MY BIKE. Most of the time, I've been disappointed.
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post Feb 8 2013, 10:20 AM
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Seahag I agree with you on doing your own wrenching, I generally do the repairs on my vehicles or at least the simpler repairs.
But I knew damn well this was a warranty issue and I did not want to eat the cost of a front master cylinder.

I did buy the HD service manual and the electrical diagnostic manual ( eBay $50 for both ) to make sure the problem was what I thought it was.
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post Feb 8 2013, 10:22 AM
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fixed at last

fixed at last

good god almighty

fixed at last
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post Feb 8 2013, 10:33 AM
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Clay I agree,.....bunch of tools !
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post Feb 18 2013, 07:59 AM
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Ass Hats… No, no too kind of a word; incompetent, uncaring, and ass hat's. Shit! I guess ass hat's fits!

Front master cylinder has a small switch that is replaceable. Think it goes for $10.00. The problem was not the brake master cylinder but the switch. I've replaced them at least twice. This does not call for a total replacement of your master cylinder, like the ass hat's who worked on your bike told you, but just replacing the switch.

(IMG:http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8106/8484697437_3b2e237e31.jpg)

The switch is #1 in the drawing. It fits into a groove in the switch housing and is held in place by the copper wedge in the drawing. The two cables are cut and the new ones are soldered in and then heat wrapped. Job takes a guy like me about an hour (being generous)….. Fuckin' Harley Davidson does it again!!! ASS HAT's!

The reason your light kept staying on was because either the wedge was holding the switch in or the switch assembly slipped out of it's groove and the small switch was being held in place by the switch housing. Does not have a fucking thing to do with the Master Cylinder… Fuckin' ASS HAT's…..

Ride safe
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post Feb 18 2013, 09:57 AM
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Ordy You could be right on this one but Skyler the head service tech at Corpus Christi HD told my that in my case the brake fluid had seeped past the ram seal on the master cylinder and corroded it causing it to be sticky at the very end of its travel. He said it was fairly common with the late model bikes.

I believe he was right because I had pulled it apart and checked the switch more then once, and twice it had been to the dealer.

But the end result is I am not frying brake light every ride.
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