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Information and questions on GL1800 Goldwings (2001-2017)
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toanogreen
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My emergency flasher button won't catch. I push it in and it just comes right out. When I bought the bike it stuck and wouldn't stop flashing. I put a little WD-40 on it and I got it to disengage. Now it won't engage. The other buttons work fine. The seller added driving lights and that button works ok (the button stays on when on or off (?). Any ideas?



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toanogreen wrote:My emergency flasher button won't catch. I push it in and it just comes right out. When I bought the bike it stuck and wouldn't stop flashing. I put a little WD-40 on it and I got it to disengage. Now it won't engage. The other buttons work fine. The seller added driving lights and that button works ok (the button stays on when on or off (?). Any ideas?
WD-40 in the switch will flush it enough to get free, but the oils and residue left by the WD-40 then gum it right back up again.

Use a plastic-safe contact cleaner (CRC is a good one) to flush it out. You want something like that which is a solvent, and leaves behind no residue.

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I have not had to take the switches apart on my 1800 yet. If they are like the ones on the 1500, you need to take the switch apart and clean out the old electric grease. It becomes sticky over time and contact cleaner is just a band aid. If you do take it apart, very careful. There are small springs in there! I cleaned out all the grease and put in new. Switches were like new. Just make sure it is grease for electrical contacts. You can get it at an auto parts store where the tail light and turn signal bulbs are.

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The buttons in the GL1800 are fairly easy to clean out when they stick, but you do have to be careful of springs. It's a good idea to disassemble them with the switch (and your hands) inside a large ziploc bag, so that if the springs do take flight, you don't lose them forever.

This is the hazard switch from a GL1800 that I took apart and cleaned recently.

After removing from the bike (two screws to remove the switch), you pry the tabs outward:

Pry away the contacts
Pry away the contacts

Next remove the contacts (black thing with wires attached):

Lift away contacts
Lift away contacts

Be very careful, as there are two copper contacts underneath, each with their own spring, as well as a slide spring:

Contacts and slide spring
Contacts and slide spring

Remove the slide spring:

Slide spring removed
Slide spring removed

Lift away the slide, revealing the latching mechanism beneath:

Slide lifted away
Slide lifted away

Using a plastic-safe contact cleaner (I use CRC) spray all the grease and gunk out of the latching mechanism:

Latching pin mechanism
Latching pin mechanism

Do the same with the latching channel:

Latching channel
Latching channel

Assembly is reverse of disassembly.

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Post by toanogreen »

This "looks" easy and straight forward, but...
Thanks for the pictures.

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I WingAdmin

These the only thing to do, my Goldwing is a 2003, and I had to do the cleaning of all the buttons or almost, the problem is that the fat that Honda puts it dry, you must thoroughly clean and put a silicone grease Which hardly dries.
There is another solution changing the switch $$$$$$$$$$

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Post by AJC »

Thank you all for the wonderful tips and helpful pictures.
I'm wondering about the ends of the wig/wag-zshaped-arm made of (copper?) inside the reverse and the cruise control.
It seems that the ends are different. One end is round and the other square.
Has anybody noticed this or is mine worn out?
Thanks in advance for any and all responses.



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I all !!
To have almost all disassembled the switches, and lubricate with silicone grease, your part seems to me in good condition.

FlyBoy2121 :mrgreen:

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Next time use Dialectic Grease. It is made for electrical contacts. You can find it in an auto parts store where the Lock Tight and thread sealants are kept. It comes in a small squeeze tube like Lock Tight.

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Post by AJC »

Thank you FlyBoy2121 and SnowMoer!
Well, I finally figured it out by taking off another switch and comparing...
It turns out that the zig/zag ends are indeed different so when putting it back together the "square" end goes into the plastic while the round end is the free agent.
When reassembled, the free agent needs to stick out, supported by and pushed up by the flange underneath.
I used alcohol, q-tips (lots), contact cleaner and dielectric grease but only a small amount of the latter.
Thank you all again!
Last edited by AJC on Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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I Guys

I followed the advice of Fred Harmon's (https://pbase.com/fredharmon/reverseswitch)

And no switch to get stuck today, I did this 7 to 8 years and more.

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Thank you FlyBoy 2121. Most helpful!



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