Damn, bp405 woke up grouchy this morning
What brought you to the conclusion that you have a dead short? It is blowing a fuse, tripping a breaker or the brake light is on all the time?
Hey there late bird! Thanks for chiming in. I think bp405 was having a bit of fun at my expense and probably rightly so. In answer to HIS questions: Yes, a laser pointer and a Powerpoint presentation would be really nice. A beer too . . . and he could do some amp draw testing with his multimeter and tell me if the brake switch or something else is shorting. . . !
Here is my problem:
-- about 3 weeks ago while futzing with the Big Boss over the "High Oil" concern, I found a pigtail hanging lose. . .
-- a pigtail connector from the tail light was just hanging. Naturally, like any engineer, I said I can see where THAT goes and plugged it in.
-- a few days later I noticed that the tail(or brake filament) light was always lit, even with the machine OFF. So, I removed the bulb. . . but left the harness connected.
-- Thus, I entered another sad episode with the Big Boss. Apparently, the guy I bought this from knew that connecting that causes BIG problems and he left it off and likewise, never told the buyer about it! (me).
-- Somehow, plugging that IN causes direct interference with the starting circuit to the extent that when the START button is pushed(and apparently ONLY when that is pushed) the starter just CLICKS as if the battery is dead. So, now, a new starter and battery later, a little light comes on above my little brain and I realize WHEN
my problems STARTED. I have been manually pull starting this torque hound.
-- the NEW battery, fully charged even did this. . . so, when the little light came on, I pulled THAT plug and for the first time in weeks my shoulder socket felt better, it started right up-- and continues to.
SO, I believe the 3 wires (orange, R/W, ground) that come from the light are somehow dead shorting. Not sure why they only do it when the final 10 inches for the socket are attached, but that is the case. Even with no bulb. Bulb socket and wires look fine.
My first plan is to see if the brake switch failed closed or at least if it is operating to light the brake light correctly, then, if necessary run 3 new wires from their source back to the brake / tail light. Obviously, replacing that last harness and plug is right up there too.
Question: This is called a tail light as if it is only lit when the head lights are turned on. In fact, is the tail filament always lit? like a running light?
By the way, I do have a full schematic for a Sportsman 500, but not the Big Boss Sportsman 500, probably pretty much the same. . .