Is this normal ?


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Is this normal ?

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:22 pm



Hey all,

I have had my 96 GL1500 for a year now, and had a situation come up recently. . . .

Two nights ago while out for a late night ride, and hit a small pothole, the jolt was enough to knock the key clear out of the ignition switch. . . . I just got home from another late night ride, and this time I hit a ripple in the road that jared the bike pretty good, and again knocking the key out of the switch.

Are the keys SUPPOSED to be able to be removed while in the RUN position ?


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Re: Is this normal ?

Postby Mh434 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:28 pm

Uhhh...nope!

You might try disconnecting the battery, spraying contact cleaner liberally into the ignition switch, and turn the key on/off several dozen times. I strongly suspect that the pins that normally keep the key in are gummed up, and not contacting the key the way they should. The cleaner ought to free them up & get it working again.

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Re: Is this normal ?

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:35 pm

+1
But, if it's the pins, you need to insert and remove the key repeatedly to clear the stickiness. Then, assuming that fixes it, put in some kind of lubrication in there to keep it that way. I'd say regular light weight oil, but I'm sure someone would chastise me for suggesting that. It works on all my locks.

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Re: Is this normal ?

Postby Happytrails » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:54 pm

I've never had jammed up pins. Would you use some CRC cleaner on that?
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Re: Is this normal ?

Postby Mh434 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 1:45 am

That's what I'd use. Can't hurt, and will probably work great.

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Re: Is this normal ?

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:33 am

Thanks all, I will pick up some electronic contact cleaner and some dri-slide in the next day or two.

I have always been able to remove the key while the bike was running, but it has gotten easier and easier (less tension) lately, to the point of. . . .OPPS !

Again, THANKS for the fast replies !
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Re: Is this normal ?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:15 pm

This is usually due to a combination of a worn key and worn ignition lock. You could try getting a new key cut (get it cut from the key code, don't get it cut from the old key) and see if that fixes the problem.




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