Four way flasher button.


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Four way flasher button.

Postby kickstand37 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:45 pm



I have a 4 way flasher button that is not operating properly. In order for the 4 ways to come on, I have have to push and hold the button in. I used the electronics contact cleaner, and also the silicone lubricant spray . Neither of these things worked. Has anyone had a similar problem, and does anyone have a fix. Button is supposed to push in for the 4 ways to come on, and push a second time and 4 ways shut off. :?:



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Re: Four way flasher button.

Postby themainviking » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:29 pm

kickstand37 wrote:Button is supposed to push in for the 4 ways to come on, and push a second time and 4 ways shut off. :?:


Yep, that is the way mine work. If the contact cleaner did not do the trick, you may need a new button.
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Re: Four way flasher button.

Postby artgrantz » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:55 am

I spray mine a couple of times a year with WD-40. There are a lot of guys here who will tell you not to use it, but I do and it works for me.
It is my understanding that Honda does not sell the individual switches, just the whole panel. Very expensive. Radio Shack has a switch that fits perfectly. Part # 275-731. I do not know how it holds up in the weather. I will try to post a pic here.

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Re: Four way flasher button.

Postby Red Ron » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:07 am

I saturated mine with silicone spray and just kept playing with it and it started working. I think, since it is seldom used gunk builds up and prohibits it from working properly.

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Re: Four way flasher button.

Postby artgrantz » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:36 am

I forgot to mention that the picture that I posted, of the switch, is not mine. I got it from an online forum a while ago and saved it for reference. It was probably this forum but I don't know for sure so I can't give credit to the original poster of the info.

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Re: Four way flasher button.

Postby Paulcf » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:31 am

These buttons are a constant source of trouble! There is a separate post article all about this but what I have done is simple. Once I got the gunk/water out, I sprayed it with silicone once and then anytime it gets wet, I 'exercise' the buttons to mitigate the water from damaging it further. I try to cover the buttons when I hand wash the bike (You never, ever use a power spray right?!). For a vehicle designed to be outside and in the elements, these buttons are pretty fragile as I discovered when I took one apart. Surely Honda could have designed something more robust?

I'd hate to own a 2012 Wing with all the buttons! It would take a full day to 'exercise' all those buttons!
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Re: Four way flasher button.

Postby mbuesing » Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:23 am

kickstand37 wrote:I have a 4 way flasher button that is not operating properly. In order for the 4 ways to come on, I have have to push and hold the button in. I used the electronics contact cleaner, and also the silicone lubricant spray . Neither of these things worked. Has anyone had a similar problem, and does anyone have a fix. Button is supposed to push in for the 4 ways to come on, and push a second time and 4 ways shut off. :?:


Very common problem so here we go again.

The lube inside starts to harden.
Remove the switch, clean out the old gunk and reassemble with spray Lithium.

(IMPORTANT NOTE: When removing the cover from the switch, do it in a clear plastic bag. The small spring WILL go flying.) :evil:
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Re: Four way flasher button.

Postby winger05 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:40 pm

IMO, there is no need to dis-assemble the switch and taking the chance of breaking it. You can resolve this issue by simply doing the following:

Remove the side trim strip on the shelter (fairing)

Remove the (1) hex screw that secures the black switch panel to the shelter

Carefully pull the entire switch panel out of the shelter opening

On the backside of the switch panel, remove the inspection/dust cover that covers the back of the flasher switch

Remove the (2) small phillips screws that attaches the flasher switch in the panel

Carefully pull the flasher switch assembly away from the switch panel

Rotate the switch assembly until you see 2 very tiny holes in the switch body

Spray contact cleaner (radio shack) into the 2 tiny holes using the straw attachment on the cleaner nozzle and work the switch off and on a few times

Repeat with contact cleaner spray

Spray a silicon lubricant (with straw attachment) into the 2 tiny holes plus the switch "shaft" that moves in and out of the switch body. Again, work the switch in and out a few times



The switch should now be fully functional and you can now re-install the switch by going in the reverse order of the dis-assembly. Hope this helps anyone experiencing this problem. It has ALWAYS worked for me.




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