Switch's Sticking


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MitchW
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Switch's Sticking

Postby MitchW » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:51 pm



Does anyone know of a way to fix sticking switches. My hazzard light, mute and cruise control switches on my 1996 GL1500A are all sticking. When pushed in, they won't come out when pushed again, without a lot of manipulation.

If there isn't a way to free these up, can you still buy these switch blocks or due to age, am I stuffed?

Thanks



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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby HALBUDD » Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:25 pm

I dont know if its available in OZ but the best thing to use is a spray contact cleaner. Some people use a little WD-40 spray lube but the electronic contact cleaner is better. I had the same problem on my 96 aspy when I bought it.----------------------Good Luck---------------------Hal
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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby MitchW » Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:24 am

Thanks Halbudd,

I appreciate it.

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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby bohdan » Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:34 pm

Take a look in the DIY articles. There is a section on that too.

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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby joeincalif » Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:16 pm

I use contact cleaner in my 97SE. When I got it the 4 way flasher was sticking, I took it apart and sprayed cleaner, It popped out and I just don't use it, actually never had a reason to use it.
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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby MitchW » Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:14 pm

Thanks, I was hoping to avoid pulling it apart as I'm not real confident in my ability to get it back together.

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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:24 pm

HALBUDD wrote:Some people use a little WD-40 spray lube but the electronic contact cleaner is better.

I wouldn't use WD-40. It doesn't dry well and after some dust gets in there again, you will need to clean it all over again.
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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby MitchW » Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:36 pm

I did think of that. Thanks

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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby mikeblakeney » Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:59 pm

In aircraft we us LPS3 from this catalog...for stuff like this.

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/pdf/2016I ... t16478.pdf

it has a rust inhibitor and is supposed to not attract dust like wd-40.

I have a spray can of #3.

Although I have sprayed contact cleaner and wd-40 in bike switches. They both work okay.
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MitchW
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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby MitchW » Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:17 pm

I was just about to but a couple of switch blocks when I decided to persevere with the contact cleaner. After a few squirts and pushes of the various buttons......Presto.

It worked a treat. Thanks guys.

Next time you're over in Australia, give me a bell. I at least owe you a beer for saving me all that doe....lol.

Cheers

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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:32 pm

Mitch,

Go to Bunnings and buy a can of INOX - it works very well for the application you require - and also another product you can use is LANOSHIELD.. I use both of these products exclusively when freeing up rusty nuts, corroded fittings and electrical switches - with no intention of having to do them again in the near future. Has worked very well for me for the last 10 years or more.

If you are ever in Penrith - look me up - or send me a PM...

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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby MitchW » Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:04 am

Where do you go to have work done on your bike if you don't do it yourself. The only Goldwing dealers are Hawkesbury and Sydney City.

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Re: Switch's Sticking

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:23 am

I live in Penrith - and there is one dealer I have gone to for a number of years - name is Mick Dyer motorcycles - good honest workshop and fair prices - plus they know what they are doing. I also support another mechanic (used to work for Mick Dyer) his name is Eli Wright - and he operates a business in Katoomba - very knowledgeable young man - and an excellent mechanic, he has done major service and carb strip down and repair on my GL1500 and previously stripped and rebuilt carbs for the GL1100 Interstate I sold earlier this year. Prices are good and work is guaranteed - no shortcuts at either business - you get an honest repair and not ripped off.

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PS - I do most work myself - but if it looks like the bike could be off the road for a period of time - I will get them to do it - quicker and easier for me - however I will source parts if required beforehand - and then I am only paying for labour. A liitle bit of planning can save them and me in time.




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