Cleaned Start Button


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tandem54
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Location: Surprise, Arizona
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500

Cleaned Start Button

Postby tandem54 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:17 pm



Went for a ride on New years day and had NO headlights when I started the bike.
I checked the fuses then re-started the bike and now I have lights!!
First time I was able to ride on New Years Day! (I add a set of used intercoms to the helmets & needed to try them out!)
I know the switch controls the lights when starting, So today I disassembled, cleaned and greased the Start/Reverse Button (25 years of grime!)
Had to be careful, I hate it when plastic breaks and I'd hate to see what a switch costs!! (or where to get one)
So I cleaned and greased throttle grip too, checked it all and now I HAVE lights!
(PS the intercoms worked great!)


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redial
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Location: Kapunda, SouthAustralia
Motorcycle: 1997 GL1500 Spectre Red Aspencade

Re: Cleaned Start Button

Postby redial » Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:53 am

I hear that Olive Oil works well on brittle plastic. Leave it sit for a while, then wipe the excess off. Have a go while the cook is not using the oil for cooking.
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Dogsled
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Location: Boardman, OH
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Re: Cleaned Start Button

Postby Dogsled » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:49 pm

I rode for a month before I knew my start button wasn't returning all the way and keeping the headlight off......gone are the days of chrome car bumpers in from of you to give you a hint the lights weren't on. It took me a week to figure out what was going on.......Using my principal that the most obvious is the last thing you check. A simple external spray of WD40 worked....... Not so lucky before I broke the stuck flashers.

Anyway, now sticking my thumb behind the starter button has become second nature..........
"Fight until hell freezes over, then fight on the ice"

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tandem54
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Re: Cleaned Start Button

Postby tandem54 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:35 am

I have my bike in the garage all the time and see the lights on when I start it,
but I didn't want to have to worry about it when I'm on the road. I went to the store after that and I was worried the whole time.
I know it's illegal to not have them on and I didn't want to get stopped for that,
I figured it would scare me if a cop pulled me over!! :o :o
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Dogsled
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Re: Cleaned Start Button

Postby Dogsled » Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:20 pm

It's great to be an American and be afraid to have a cop pull U over....but it is true.....I figure I can just fire them on the spot seeing as my hard earned dolaars pay their wages....It is amazing how cops view themselves in this society today....All I can say is if you're that afraid to talk to someone without threatening to taze them....Best Buy may be where you belong!!!!!!!!


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