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neutral light

Postby ntintruder » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:41 pm

I have a 1978 GL1000 and I noticed that the neutral light does not go out when I shift into gear. The light dims slightly but does not go out, and so I'm wondering if I remove the switch, are there contacts that maybe need cleaning or should I just try to find another switch?

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Re: neutral light

Postby aussiegold » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:47 pm

just my opinion, but get a new one. do the job once and do it right i reckon.... :) some have had some luck trying to clean them , some have not.
here is a pretty good pictorial on how to do it.

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Re: neutral light

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:23 am

It depends what the cause is.

A lot of the time, the wire going to the neutral switch is getting pinched somewhere along the way, and is getting (partially) shorted against the frame, which provides enough of a ground to light up the neutral light.

If not, it's generally carbon buildup in the switch itself. Sometimes this can be just flushed out with a solvent and everything will be fine. Replacing the switch obviously fixes it as well.

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