Starter switch vs solenoid

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Starter switch vs solenoid

Post by erkmann »

A few weeks back my headlights would not come on after starting my Wing, but then found starter button hanging up a bit and not returning fully. Contact cleaner and compressed air fixed that. Now, when I hit the starter button I sometimes need to let off a bit before starter engages. I can hear/feel the headlight relay, and when the starter relay engages it fires the starter every time. It’s not as if the starter relay is clicking without the starter engaging, it’s just the starter doesn’t spin unless I’ve ‘tickled’ that starter button just right.

My diagnosis/plan is to replace the faltering starter switch assembly ($90), unless anyone has ever sourced just the starter switch. I think the relay is fine.


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Re: Starter switch vs solenoid

Post by DenverWinger »

Think the starter switch is serviceable if you disassemble the switch assembly. Careful of little parts that like to disappear when you disassemble it. Clean the contacts up real nice, clean out the old grease and reassemble with fresh grease. Should work like new.
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