Kill switch heating

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Kill switch heating

Post by Motard87 »

Hi everyone!

I'm Tim from Belgium, driving a 1500 gold wing from 95.
The other day I swapped out my alternator for a new one...

While testing I noticed that the kill switch was heating up...
In my opinion this is not normal... but all fuses etc are holding up so no malfunction in the wiring then?

Does any one have some feedback for me?
Any one else noticed or encountered this?

Kind regards

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Re: Kill switch heating

Post by WingAdmin »

All three ignition coils as well as the cruise control system are powered directly through that switch, so it's not an insignificant amount of current flowing through it. However it definitely shouldn't be getting hot. I might be tempted to take it apart and clean it out with electrical contact cleaner. First perhaps check the connectors on the switch and make sure they are clean as well. Any kind of dirt or something causing resistance will cause it to heat up.

You don't want resistance in that switch - any resistance (and there is some, if it is heating up) means less voltage is getting to the ignition coils, which means weaker spark and poorer mileage.
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Re: Kill switch heating

Post by Fiberthree »

Check the screws on the kill switch an make sure they are not loose!

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