Clean and reuse neutral safety switch?


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DetroitWingnut
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Clean and reuse neutral safety switch?

Postby DetroitWingnut » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:40 pm



I understand you can clean and reuse a dirty neutral switch that is causing green light to stay on. Others say this is only a temporary fix. But because Honda has discontinued this part for 75-81 Goldwings (at least according to my local dealer and Cyclemax), may be only option. Anybody have a good link for for this fix?



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Re: Clean and reuse neutral safety switch?

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:44 am

Remove it,disassemble it,clean it,replace the "O" ring and put it back on.
A little prying the frame from the engine may/will be necessary to extract it.
Cleaning fixes the problem but it can Re-accure if the engine is gunked up,so it's a good idea to Sea Foam the engine first.
Here's a link to look at.http://www.wingovations.com/#/repairing ... 4541312843

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Re: Clean and reuse neutral safety switch?

Postby DetroitWingnut » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:15 pm

Thank-you Virgilmobile!

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Re: Clean and reuse neutral safety switch?

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:51 pm

I've done this on a few of mine.I think I still have used one laying around if needed.with a O ring.
Yup... Int hand.

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Re: Clean and reuse neutral safety switch?

Postby dondons1984 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:15 pm

so would this cause my motorcycle to not light up the neutral light then at all? I push the start button on my 83 1100 and I get nothing. no click or anything at all. was working before but the connections on everything look pretty bad minus the grounds I have cleaned up and all that are associated with the starting process. I even now dont get a headlight at all. I am wondering if I put in the wrong fuse in the fuse box possibly?

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Re: Clean and reuse neutral safety switch?

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:50 am

No headlight either? Hmmm.
Test probe the red wires on the start solenoid.The main30 amp dog bone fuse may be bad.It's inside the solenoid trap door.
You can also check for switched volts on the fuse block.

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Re: Clean and reuse neutral safety switch?

Postby moffat » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:16 am

The Neutral switch is certainly available here in the UK from David Silver Motorcycles. I suggest you get a new switch and don't fiddle with the old one as its only a temporary measure if you do that.
Whist removing the neutral switch to replace it also remove the oil strainer just behind and clean it. There is a procedure on this site to remove the neutral switch which requires engine bottom bolt slackening off a lot or even removed and the frame prising away from the engine-Sounds awful but easily done but use a wooden wedge not a steel pry bar as if and when you slip the paintwork gets damaged!




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