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Cory

Pop up Navigation Light Not Working

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Cory

I have a 2015 VLX with one of those pop up  (swiveling) bow navigation lights.  It just stopped working.  It’s not the light bulb.  I checked the light bulb by taking it out and connecting it directly to a 12V battery.  It works fine.  All the other boat lights work fine also.

Any ideas?  Is there a fuse for the nav light, if so where?  

Thanks

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jbcanski2

Mine cuts on and off like it has a bad connection. I haven't had time to troubleshoot it yet though.

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Padge

There is a fuse under the dash for it 

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Ronnie

Use a Volt/Ohm meter or 12v test light to check the connections. Those connections are notorious for getting corroded and not letting a good light get power. If it's not getting power at the fixture. It's most likely is the fuse.

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Cory

There is no power at the fixture so I’ll look for a fuse under the dash later today.  Unfortunately, I’m at the cabin for the weekend and don’t have my volt meter here.  

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Cory
11 hours ago, Padge said:

There is a fuse under the dash for it 

Ok.  Thanks for that bit of info.  I found the fuse box under the helm and the NAV fuse.   Unfortunately, that fuse is just fine and in fact I’m getting power right up to the swiveling NAV unit.  The issue is with the Aqua Signal light box itself.  I can’t see any obvious signs of corrosion, though my kids were flipping that thing around a bunch a couple weeks ago.  I guess I’ll find out what a replacement unit costs on Monday.

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wdr

That is going to be the going rate and has been since I bought mine last year. Not a bad price considering it is all SS. If you checked the bulb and it is still good it is most likely the guts. They sell replacements LED bulbs for it also which I would seriously consider buying IIWM.

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Padge

Actually check inside. Sometimes the contacts get stretched and the bulb doesn’t touch both sides. Take the bulb out and squeeze the contacts tighter and reinsert bulb to see if it works. 

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Cory

It’s not the bulb contacts.  It’s something in the guts of the unit.  My kids will get heck if I see them fidgeting with it again.

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That Guy

I've got one new in box I never got around to installing, do $60 shipped to you? PM me if interested.

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Cory
1 hour ago, That Guy said:

I've got one new in box I never got around to installing, do $60 shipped to you? PM me if interested.

Interested. We’re on our way home, I’ll PM you later tonight. 

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Pnwrider
7 hours ago, Cory said:

This might be the unit:  https://www.fisheriessupply.com/aqua-signal-series-24-bi-color-hide-away-combination-sidelight-24600-7

 

anyone know where to get it for less.  I assume Malibu will sell it for even more.

I can get wholesale and tax free thru fisheries supply, but it’s still more than the offer you got above. If that falls thru, give me a shout. 

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Argonaut

I need one of these lights too ..: seems the small black box inside is shorted out..,

for a nav light, what does that electronic box actually do?

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csleaver

I think that box is a mercury switch.  It would make connection when flipped up, break connection when flipped down.

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Argonaut

Thanks Csleaver! Safe to bypass then? For the time being until and if I can find one used or on sale perhaps..

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formulaben

Seems like a solution looking for a problem...just one more component to fail.  I'd for sure bypass it and put in a warm white LED light.

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Slurpee

I bypassed that switch on my light with a bit of solder and wire. It rusted into a fixed off position within a month of having the boat.

Now I turn on the light. It’s on. Off. It’s off. I  get the safety feature of the mercury switch.  But it’s a bit more dangerous that it fails when you need it imo.

 

 

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Argonaut

Thank you both.

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Argonaut

Thanks for the link! Btw, I see that defender industries back east is having a sale that ends today if anyone needs something.

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