Sticking buttons


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Morgul
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Sticking buttons

Postby Morgul » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:44 am



The buttons on my cruise control and four-way flasher often stick in the on (pushed in) position. Can I free them with a little WD-40 or is it more involved than that? My bike is a 97 GL1500 SE.



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gogs11uk
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Re: Sticking buttons

Postby gogs11uk » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:09 pm

I would be more inclined to use an electrical contact cleaning spray than WD40. Just be careful not to get it on your plastics

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Re: Sticking buttons

Postby wing07 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:19 pm

When mine were sticking I found that just spraying into the switch was only temporary. Take out the screws that hold the housing together to get at the switches. Then clean them with contact cleaner then lightly spray with wd-40 and reassemble. That stopped all my problems.

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Re: Sticking buttons

Postby Morgul » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:28 pm

Makes sense. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Sticking buttons

Postby starfleetengineer » Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:55 pm

You can also use a silicone base spray. It is the old grease that is causing you problems. I used a contact and brake clean on mine, but I took my switches out of the boxes. Spray them with brake clean, then give them a good spraying with a silicone spray. Reinstall the swithces and spray them again. I work for a forklift company and we have a lube called chain lube. It will work it's self into areas and won't gum up.
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bigguy_362001
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Re: Sticking buttons

Postby bigguy_362001 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:29 pm

I had Mine apart the other day the cruise switch is really a bad design the part the makes it return is in the switch itself and you have to take the screws out to get at the part that is the mechanics of the switch. but I can not get mine to work anyway.

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Re: Sticking buttons

Postby kb2vdr » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:28 pm

I had the same problem with my flasher switch. I went to Radio Shack and bought a can of contact cleaner/lubericant and took out the two screws to open the switch housing and flushed the switch several times with the cleaner lubericant, let it set overnight and it works like new now. Good Luck

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Re: Sticking buttons

Postby bigguy_362001 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:51 am

Thanks I may have to try that

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Re: Sticking buttons

Postby vtxcandyred » Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:21 am

WD-40 is NOT a lubricant. It will clear up some sticking problems and take stickers off pretty good. For a switch, using a good contact cleaner then an electrical silicone lube would work. Not just silicone but ELECTRICAL silicone lube. There is a difference. Not all silicone lubes conduct electricity well.




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