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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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I was searching around on google and saw a tutorial on making a electronic trunk release for the f4i. Awesome so I bought the parts needed and put it together today. Turns out it's not as great at the tutorial make it out to be. I jumped the actuator from the license plate lights since my bike doesn't have them and it worked for about 10 seconds. Then it blew the fuse that controls the tail lights and gauges. Took it all apart and just plugged in the actuator. Blew the fuse again. Plugged in just the switch, blew the fuse again. Tried 15amp fuse with just the actuator, blew it, same thing with the switch alone. Same story again with all tests with a 20 amp fuse. Just for kicks I tried a 30amp and had smoke coming out of the actuator after 2 seconds. Tried just the switch and my headlights would turn off. No blown fuse but I clearly have a problem somewhere and don't know where to find it. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 08:34 AM
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First off, the actuator is probably supposed to be powered only long enough to open the trunk, and no longer. Leaving a solenoid designed for intermittent duty on for longer periods (longer than a few seconds) will overheat it, short it out, and generally cause some of the symptoms you described. Replace the switch with a momentary pushbutton, buy a replacement solenoid (yours is likely toast by now) and you should be good.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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I bought a new actuator and tested it with out the switch, worked great, tried the switch by itself and blew the fuse, so I ordered a new momentary 12v switch. Should be in tomorrow.
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Ok, installed new switch and new actuator, and everything works great! My guess is that with my poor soldering skills I probably overheated something in the first switch I bought and thats why I kept blowing the fuses on the circuit. I was MUCH more careful with my soldering this time around and now its just cool to have a rear seat that opens with the push of a button.
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