Sticky Wicket

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Sticky Wicket

Postby andypar » Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:59 am

2000 GW SE. (Serial number 2000001) Both the cruse switch and the hazard flasher switch stick when pressed in. I've tried WD-40 to no avail. Really have to flick them both to disengage. Thoughts?

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Re: Sticky Wicket

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:05 pm

WD-40 is really the wrong thing to use, particularly on anything electrical. It was designed as a storage medium for aircraft to prevent corrosion (WD = Water Displacement). As such, it leaves an oily coating after the carrier evaporates. This is great for long-term storage, but it's horrible on things like motorcycles, because that oily coating attracts dust and dirt, which, mixed with the oily coating, turns into grimy, oily, sludge. The end result is the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish - particularly on electrical contacts, which don't work well with grime contaminating them.

If a simple solvent (brake cleaner is my favorite) won't dislodge the problem, I'd think about taking them apart and finding out just what the problem is rather than trying to spray things in them hoping it will fix it.

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Re: Sticky Wicket

Postby gareva1 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:08 pm

If you don't want to deal with the cleaning of the switch (since its an older bike), you can buy a replacement switch for around 30-40 from any dealer or electricalconnection

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