switches sticking

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switches sticking

Post by mjrobertson1 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:14 pm

has anyone else had problems with their switches for the cruse controll or radio controls sticking in and not coming back out. If so is there something that you did to fix to or did they have to be replaced.

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Re: switches sticking

Post by brentman » Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:12 pm

Cold weather makes the problem worse. The grease gets thick and causes the mechanism to stick.

Take the screws out of the switch assembly and clean the buttons with electrical cleaner and follow with some spray lube. You might get lucky.


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Re: switches sticking

Post by joe c » Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:55 am

Try WD40......spray liberally and wrap a rag around the unit to keep the runoff off the bike. My CC sticks occasionally and that's what I do.

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Re: switches sticking

Post by keithg64 » Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:53 pm

My emergency flashers stick and I cleaned it out with electronic cleaner and wd-40 it for a lube.
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Re: switches sticking

Post by DanComperini » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:26 am

I tried the WD-40 route with some success. I finally had my left side directional switch replace and can’t believe the difference a new switch makes. I bought the switch online somewhere for a reasonable price. Shop around to save $$$!

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Re: switches sticking

Post by KenWiggers » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:36 pm

I just bought an'03 w 81k. In checking out switches the first time the emergency flasher stuck. Also the front brake light switch was intermittent. Dousing them with WD-40 seems to have both of them working with not further problems. 8-)

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Re: switches sticking

Post by canon » Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:27 pm

When cleaning those switches contact cleaner as sold at Radio Shack works better than WD-40. WD-40 is too thick & won't work good in cold weather.

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Re: switches sticking

Post by dsobees » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:11 pm

I echo the use of contact cleaner rather than W-40 for freeing up these switches. WP-40 is only a temporary fix in my experience. If you've already used WD-40 then simply follow-up with a good electrical contact cleaner. This will remove the WD-40 and further clean the switch. Cold weather makes this problem worse as the cold makes the grease thicker and makes the switch more likely to stick.

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