GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking


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caronroger
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GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby caronroger » Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:49 pm



Is your Emergency Flasher Switch Sticking and won't turn off.
Mine has been doing that for quite a while and Honda wants to replace the entire module at great expense.
I found two problems. First, the switch button was very tight in the square opening in the dash.
I removed the left hand pocket and then the Emergency Switch assembly from the dash.
There is a black plastic cover on the rear of the switch assembly. Remove this cover and the white switch will be visible and available to get to. There are two small screws holding the switch to the assembly. Very carefully remove these two screws without droping them inside the bike. This will allow the switch to be removed from the face plate. Now you will be able to activate the switch. Purchase some contact cleaner from the Shack (Radio Shack) or your local electronics store and spray the switch stem that activates the switch until it works smoothly. I like the contact cleaner from the Shack as it has an oil base which lubricates the switch. Carefully re-install the switch using the two small screws you removed a few minutes ago. Not too tight as they are going into plastic. If the Emergency Flasher switch now works fine installed in the face plate you are done. Just put everything back together. If it still sticks remove the switch and take a small "Basterd File" and carefully enlarge the square hole on the face plate the switch button fits into. Just enlarge it enough to give it the clearance it requires to operate properly.
I found it took me about 30 minutes to do the entire job.
If you have never removed the pocket there are four push pins you need to remove. Using a ball point pen or a simular object push the center button of the push pin then lift out the four pins with your fingers.
I hope this helps.
Roger Caron



hankor
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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby hankor » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:39 pm

hi being a auto tech we stay away from oil base cleaners on elect. for the oil will attact dirt but the ideal is right it worked on my fog light problem hankor

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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby Maverick » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:35 pm

Also, if you spray a little from the outside everytime you change your oil your switch should be alright and not hang up.
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caronr
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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby caronr » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:08 am

hankor wrote:hi being a auto tech we stay away from oil base cleaners on elect. for the oil will attact dirt but the ideal is right it worked on my fog light problem hankor


Hankor,
You are right about the oil and dirt collection. I should have mentioned that after I was able to get the switch to work properly I washed the oil based cleaner off with silicon spray. Yesterday my CB switches were very difficult to get them to operate properly so sprayed each one of them with Silicon Spray also and immediately they were working again like they should.
Caronroger

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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby Red Ron » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:11 am

Mine '08 stuck once also when I was cleaning the bike. Courious as to what year your bike is.

caronroger
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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby caronroger » Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:26 am

Red Ron wrote:Mine '08 stuck once also when I was cleaning the bike. Courious as to what year your bike is.

Mine is a 2006 which is now a Roadsmith Trike.
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canon
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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby canon » Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:37 pm

If you have a 2006 GW the extended warranty will cover complete replacement of switch. Other option is to replace switch from Radio Shack. Very inexpensive compared to OEM.

Remy
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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby Remy » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:20 pm

You can actually dismantle the switch itself. Once you have it out of the panel the switch can be opened up. Carefully prise the retaining wings holding the electrical connector block to the switch and remove. You can now access the switch mechanism which can be cleaned and regreased.

caronroger
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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby caronroger » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:58 pm

Remy wrote:You can actually dismantle the switch itself. Once you have it out of the panel the switch can be opened up. Carefully prise the retaining wings holding the electrical connector block to the switch and remove. You can now access the switch mechanism which can be cleaned and regreased.


Remy,
In essence that is what I did.
I also had problems operating my three CB Radio switches. I sprayed the same Radio Shack contact cleaner around the face of each switch several times and now they work first time every time
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cw5p
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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby cw5p » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:08 am

I have a 2002 GL1800, and would like to get access to my flasher button in order to try and get it Unstuck from being on all the time. I have read so much this morning but haven't seen anything that tells me how to get to the switch. Meaning; do I just remove the panel over the switch itself and if so, is there a proper procedure to do this and not break anything? This appears to be the easiest method, but I have found that is not always true while working on my cycle. A detailed, step by step process would be appreciated if someone can help.

wigoldwinger
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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

Postby wigoldwinger » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:18 pm

Yep, the flasher on my 08 stuck when it was only a few months old. Haven't used it since I got it unstuck from that one-time use. Maybe I'll try this fix since it couldn't have been dirty contacts because the thing was practically still new.

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Re: GL1800 Emergency Flasher Sticking

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