Reverse switch sticking

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Reverse switch sticking

Post by Goldwingknight »

I have a 2003 gl1800 and my reverse switch keeps sticking in. Has anyone else had this issue, if so how did you fix it? :D

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Re: Reverse switch sticking

Post by MikeB »

This posting should help. Works for many of us.
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Re: Reverse switch sticking

Post by jackjohn »

I have found the best way is to replace the switch pack. This is a few hundred dollars but you get all new switches. You can carefully take it apart and clean the dirty dried grease out of it with electronic cleaner, re-grease it with a light coat of lithium grease, just be very careful the little pieces don't go flying when you open it. I don't recommend WD40, it is for displacing water and will do a fair job polishing stainless steel, not for cleaning switches.
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Re: Reverse switch sticking

Post by baumedagn »

Try using CRC contact cleaner. Spray it in the switch and work it a little bit. If that doesn't do it, you may need to open it up and clean it. There are many posts on this type of problem throughout this forum.
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Re: Reverse switch sticking

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Did you fix it and what did you do?

It's Not good to leave your post hanging as others read through posts later on to fix their problems.

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