Switch Lubrication.


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Switch Lubrication.

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Can you use WD40 to lubricate the left and right control switches? i.e, turn signal, hazzard, hi/lo beam/kill switch cruise ect....

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Re: Switch Lubrication.

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NO!

WD40 will make it worse and gum up the switches even further.

Use and electrical contact cleaner if you are just going to spray it.

There are several how to's articles HERE, from just spraying from the outside to taking the switches completely apart and lubricating them (the better way IMO).

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viewtopic.php?f=14&t=32453

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=56249

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=46606

I took all my switches apart, cleaned them with electrical contact cleaner and alcohol and lubricated with a silicon lubricant.
As good as (or better than) new IMO.
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Agree with the above. Keep WD 40 away from the bike!

I used the CRC cleaner on the momentary switches. Radio and Cruse up and down switches. Give them a spray and work the switches.

For the locking switches, to do it right, you need to take them apart. Clean out the old dielectric grease and replace it. The second link is a good one on how to do this. The old grease gets sticky over the years and the switch contacts get corrosion on them. Just be careful when taking them apart. There are small springs in there that can pop out of the switch. Also, the turn signal switch has a small ball bearing that can jump out. Some people use a big zip lock bag to put the switch in when taking them apart to catch any flying parts. Put in new dielectric grease and the switches will be buttery smooth. You are not spraying them every year to get them to work again. It is worth the time and effort to do it right the first time.

Here is the grease you need.

https://www.autozone.com/greases-and-ge ... 42f3a7478a
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Thank you very much for the replies. Very helpful.
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I definitely need to clean my blinker switch.
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Rigid wrote: Thu Nov 10, 2022 9:26 pm I definitely need to clean my blinker switch.


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Re: Switch Lubrication.

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So which blinker fluid is better? Synthetic or Conventional?


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Re: Switch Lubrication.

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Chiefw3 wrote: Thu Nov 10, 2022 6:16 am Can you use WD40 to lubricate the left and right control switches? i.e, turn signal, hazzard, hi/lo beam/kill switch cruise ect....

Thank you
WD-40 is not a lubricant. WD-40 is a multi-purpose product that is typically used to remove corrosion, prevent rust and get all kinds of things unstuck.
It was originally developed to remove water from the outer skin of Atlas missiles to prevent rust and corrosion.

While WD-40 does have some lubricating properties, it is not a good lubricant and should not be used for this purpose. Using it on anything that needs proper lubrication will not give you the results you want.

First, the WD-40 loosens rust and corrosion, which it actually does well. For a while, parts that you applied the product to will move smoother than they used to.

After the volatile compounds have evaporated, however, moving parts will start to seize up again. Crud, grime and particles start to accumulate on the leftover WD-40 and you will be in the same as or a worse position than you started. And that is why I would recommend against using WD-40 as a lubricant.


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