Headlight adjuster


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daljaz
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Headlight adjuster

Postby daljaz » Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:33 pm



The headlight adjuster does not work on my '84 GL1200. The know turns with some resistance and I removed the knob and the cable does turn. The headlight does not move. Could it be a bad cable?
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Re: Headlight adjuster

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:05 pm

I think the best way to find out is to remove the headlight, and watch the worm gear at the other end of the cable to see if it turns when you turn the knob. It could be just bound up with dirt or corrosion.

daljaz
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Re: Headlight adjuster

Postby daljaz » Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:18 am

Thanks..I will try this

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Re: Headlight adjuster

Postby daljaz » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:03 pm

I was able to get some WD40 into the cable housing and it freed up and starting working. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Headlight adjuster

Postby budman » Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:24 am

daljaz wrote:I was able to get some WD40 into the cable housing and it freed up and starting working. Thanks for the help.


WD40 the cable cure all
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Re: Headlight adjuster

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:50 am

Actually, for control cables like throttle and clutch, WD-40 isn't the greatest - it leaves behind an oily film, which collects dust and dirt, turning it into oily sludgy grime. Same goes for locks - never use WD-40 on locks.

Instead, use dry graphite lubricant. It sprays in like spray paint, with a volatile carrier that evaporates very quickly. It leaves behind a dry coating of graphite, which is an excellent lubricant, and won't attract dirt or dust.

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Re: Headlight adjuster

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:07 pm

WD-40 ..Just a note.It was developed for NASA as a water displacement solution..thus the name "water displacement formula number 40"...It's largely comprised of fish oil.




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