Originally posted by Kbike
Just a bad light bulb, that what I said to myself when I noticed the light for the fuel gauge on my 1996 K1100LT went dark last week
I went ahead and pulled out the lamp and through it in my pocket to pick up a new one when time permitted.
Went to take out bike today and turned the key and smoke started to come out from below the fuel gauge. I shut down and took a look and found that when this lamp is removed the light fixture shorts to ground. The lamp pushes against the center pin when installed and lock it back so it would not touch the hot lead, strange design.
Instead of taking out a fuse it caused the cable harness to melt, there are four wires from the fuel gauge plug going into the what looks like the main harness located in the front of the bike under the tach and speedo gauges. The wires are melted to each other all the way up to where they go into the taped section under the front where this harness disappears into the main harness.
I talked to someone at the local BMW dealer just before they closed tonight and they mentioned a half harness where it plugs into the main harness might just be melted and that part is 70 dollars, is there a point where it connects to the main harness. After looking it seems it goes right into the taped group of wires under the front gauges.
Has anyone changed this out on their own or should I bring to the dealer and take out a another mortgage to pay the bill. This one looks like it will cost big time
Any help would be appreciated