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My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by Borninusa » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:33 pm



My first GW ......and my first posting
I just picked up a '08 wing. I have never owned one before but I think I may be in love.

Anyways....I have a small issue.
I picked up the bike yesterday and upon riding it home and playing with the controls a bit, I noticed something wrong with the cruise control button. I would turn the cruise on...then off....but upon turning it off within prob 2 seconds, the light would pop up on the dash saying it was on. I know probably not some big issue, but to me its an issue that I would like to resolve.

Is it a matter of maybe just opening the housing where the cruise controls are at and maybe cleaning the contacts? Or something more?

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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by DaveO430 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:00 pm

I assume you mean the cruise main light and not the cruise set light. If it's the main switch I'll say like I have a hundred times, leave it on, no need to ever turn it off.

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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by Borninusa » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:07 pm

Yep, the cruise main light pops back on. I guess there really is no need to turn it off anyways...upon thinking about it more

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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by jinx » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:59 pm

Sorry to be anal about this but are you talking about the ON/OFF switch to the left of the resume set switches ?
If so is the ON/OFF button popping out when you turn off the cruise or is it staying in ? IF the cruise is off pressing the
ON/OFF button should turn the cruise on and the button should stay in. Then if you press the button to turn the cruise off
the button should pop out and stay out and the cruise lights should be off.

Like Dave 0430 I rarely turn the main cruise control off.

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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by themainviking » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:53 pm

As the others have stated, I leave it on. In fact, I have a 2009 and I have not turned it off since I bought the bike brand new. There have been sticking problems reported with this button over the years here on the forum, and by just leaving it alone, I think I am avoiding the problems with the button not engaging when I want it to.
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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:32 pm

I will chime in here too with "why would you ever want to turn off the power to the Cruise Control?"

there is no need, the clutch, brake, and even the throttle will over-ride it and disengage it.
Yup, roll the throttle back to idle and the CC disengages.

I have never turned mine off, except maybe once by accident in the very early days after I bought my 1800. I rank that button right along with the Kill Switch, I never use that thing...
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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by joeincalif » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:08 am

+ 1 on leaving it on. When I get a new wing one of the first things I do after I start the bike is turn the cruise ON.
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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by WingMan71 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:27 am

Borninusa wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:33 pm
Anyways....I have a small issue.
I picked up the bike yesterday and upon riding it home and playing with the controls a bit, I noticed something wrong with the cruise control button. I would turn the cruise on...then off....but upon turning it off within prob 2 seconds, the light would pop up on the dash saying it was on. I know probably not some big issue, but to me its an issue that I would like to resolve.

Is it a matter of maybe just opening the housing where the cruise controls are at and maybe cleaning the contacts? Or something more?
Yes, everyone is saying "just leave it on", and that's one way of dealing with it. But, if you want it fixed, your switch is gummed up and sticking inside and you'll have to get the switch cleaned out in order to "unstick" it.

Yes, everyone also says that you can unstick these switches by spraying contact cleaner or WD40 into the switch from the outside. And, yes, sometimes you get lucky and that works.

The problem is Honda puts this grease-like lubricant inside the switches on the contacts when the switch is made new. Over the years that lube gets really hard almost like a little rock. (I restore vintage Hondas for a hobby, so I have seen the guts of many of these and how hard it is to clean without disassembling the switch.)

You can try spraying from the outside of the switch, but what is actually the "outside" of the switch? It is NOT the outside of the handlebar cluster housing that the switch mounts in. You can spray from there all you want and almost none of the spray will actually get inside of the switch itself. To get spray inside the switch, you will have to disassemble the handlebar switch housing and separate the individual switch from it. You don't have to completely remove it from the housing, just get to it so that you can actually spray stuff into the actual switch body itself. On some really nasty ones, the only real remedy is to disassemble the individual switch and clean out the old hardened lube, re-lube it and close it back up.

No, that's not easy on this particular switch, but I've done enough of these to know what you're gonna be up against.

Good luck with it.

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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by nitefuzz » Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:02 am

My switch was sticking very badly so I decided to just leave it on and not mess with it. After seeing that light on, on my dash all the time I decided to tear into it and clean and lube it. I popped it apart leaving it still partially hooked up but open enough to spray some electrical cleaner in there. I put a plastic trash bag over the fairing under the handle bar and then covered that with an old towel (old to me, probably not old to my wife, but lets not tell her) I didn't want any of that cleaner dripping or running down the plastic, which it will because I flushed the switch out thoroughly. I know everyone says to not use WD-40 because it attracts dirt and will just gum up again. I gave just a little burst of WD-40 and closed it all up. That has been two years now and the switch works fine. It took me about ten minutes to do this and I figure if it gums up again I will just repeat this process and I'm good to go. This is what worked for me and have done the same on other switches with the same great results. Good luck and keep on winging.

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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:53 pm

WD-40 makes a mess of electronic parts.


CRC 2-26 is less than $3 at Home Depot

https://www.homedepot.com/p/CRC-2-26-5- ... /100398344




Lubricant displaces moisture, helping prevent corrosion
Can be used to help prevent electrical malfunctions
Lubricant is plastic safe
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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by nitefuzz » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:45 pm

AZgl1800 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:53 pm
WD-40 makes a mess of electronic parts.


CRC 2-26 is less than $3 at Home Depot

https://www.homedepot.com/p/CRC-2-26-5- ... /100398344




Lubricant displaces moisture, helping prevent corrosion
Can be used to help prevent electrical malfunctions
Lubricant is plastic safe


hey AZgl1800 I would never use WD-40 in the past but I was at the end of trying everything else and after cleaning it with CRC I only gave a small burst of WD-40, I am half afraid to see what it may look like in there now after 2 years but at this point I have had no more sticking from that switch or any others. Again I do not flood it with WD-40 just small puff, so am hoping all is fine. I would not recommend using WD-40 heavily on electronic switches nor would I. It seems that CRC is great for cleaning these items but it does not have a great lubrication quality from it........... is there something out there that works like WD-40 but won't cause other problems.

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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:46 pm

AZgl1800 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:53 pm
WD-40 makes a mess of electronic parts.


CRC 2-26 is less than $3 at Home Depot

https://www.homedepot.com/p/CRC-2-26-5- ... /100398344




Lubricant displaces moisture, helping prevent corrosion
Can be used to help prevent electrical malfunctions
Lubricant is plastic safe
That's the tiny little 5 oz can. The regular size 11 oz one is a bit more, similar to the Amazon price: https://www.amazon.com/CRC-Plastic-Mult ... 486&sr=1-1

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Re: My first post (and its gotta be a problem question)

Post by nitefuzz » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:53 pm

Thanks for the info AZgl1800, the CRC I have is not the same as you posted, I will be going to Home Depot to look for the CRC 2-26, if I they have it I will be using that for now on instead of the WD-40.

Keep on Winging

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