Headlight and starter switch both went out at the same time


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Headlight and starter switch both went out at the same time

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1986 GW Interstate GL 1200
My headlight and starter switch both went out at the same time. I replaced the solenoid but no luck. I can jump the solenoid and YES it does start.

What’s next to check? Could it be the starter switch? Can the headlight be related or a coincidence?
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Re: Headlight and starter switch both went out at the same time

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dph03 wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:50 pm
1986 GW Interstate GL 1200
My headlight and starter switch both went out at the same time. I replaced the solenoid but no luck. I can jump the solenoid and YES it does start.

What’s next to check? Could it be the starter switch? Can the headlight be related or a coincidence?
Dennis
It's the starter switch. The starter switch turns the headlight off when it is pressed, to make more power available to the starter.

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Thanks! I thought it could be connected. But was afraid to ask. haha!

Is there a good illustration for the switch replacement?
Thanks for all your work Buddy!

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Before you buy take it apart and clean the contacts.

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I never removed the grip before. I assume I need to here.

Question, do you remove the throttle cables at the grip to get the grip off the handle bars?

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When I cleaned mine up, I didn't remove grip or throttle cables. Just removed the switch housing.
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I'll have to try again. The 2 lines coming into the lower housing appear to block me from removing the lower housing. I even unscrewed the lines, I thought they were locked in. Maybe this is the problem. I didn't want to pry....

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Re: Headlight and starter switch both went out at the same time

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Mine was the same, though only the headlight went out, and i spent lots of time trying to get the handle off.

If you "unadjust" the slack in the cable(s) you can get the push pull cables off and the entire handle assembly comes off. Then you can remove the switch. CAREFUL springs will send parts far away! Take the switch apart while inside a large plastic bag to jeep all the parts.

Then you can clean and polish the contacts, put back together and be good!



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