PROBLEM WITH LIGHTS


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GRAPEAPE94
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PROBLEM WITH LIGHTS

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I have an '06 WING and am having a problem with the lights mounted in the mirrors. My turn signals work fine but the problem is with the running lights. Some times the left one will not light, then other times it's the right one. Some time when one is out and I use that turn signal it will stay on like it should.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: PROBLEM WITH LIGHTS

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Your turn switch is dirty. Spraying electrical contact cleaner should help.
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+1 on the turn signal switch. Hit radio shack or auto parts store for contact spray, hose it down through the slot and work it a while them re-spray. It maybe the environment there, but out west its the dust that makes it start sticking. Most will not endorse WD-40 but I followed up with a little bit and my switch is working great now, it wasn't returning to center and was feeling gritty! I'm just recovering from a terrible dust storm and had spray out several switches, and air gun every nook and cranny; moon dust really gets everywhere.
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Re: PROBLEM WITH LIGHTS

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PastoT wrote:+1 on the turn signal switch. Hit radio shack or auto parts store for contact spray, hose it down through the slot and work it a while them re-spray. It maybe the environment there, but out west its the dust that makes it start sticking. Most will not endorse WD-40 but I followed up with a little bit and my switch is working great now, it wasn't returning to center and was feeling gritty! I'm just recovering from a terrible dust storm and had spray out several switches, and air gun every nook and cranny; moon dust really gets everywhere.
The problem with WD-40 is that it is a "fix it for now but make it worse later" kind of spray. When you spray it in, it cleans out all the dust and dirt that is making the switch not work properly. The problem is it leaves behind an oily coating, meant to prevent corrosion. This oily coating is sticky, and attracts dust and dirt. Before you know it, your switch is not working again, due to the rapid build up of dust and dirt again.

Use proper electrical contact cleaner (I use CRC, and have for years) which cleans out the switch and leaves no residue, and you'll have good results.
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I agree, I think I spray my switches out with CRC more often than most so the WD-40 doesn't hang around long enough in mine. Its terribly dusty where I'm at and sometime I think I could hose them out weekly. Nasty nasty ranch dirt :cry:


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