Radio buttons sticking


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ni0k
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Radio buttons sticking

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I'm having trouble with the radio buttons (NOT the handlebar buttons) sticking. I ride a lot of gravel and tiny bits of gravel get in the area around the buttons. A Honda dealer mechanic told me to use plastic toothpick to clean the gravel out but I haven't had success with that. I've also tried spray lube but no joy with that either. The shop manual has no dis-assembly procedure for the button keyboard. Anyone been down this road?



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Re: Radio buttons sticking

Post by GoldWingrGreg »

Lube would be the worst thing to use. It helps collect dirt and dust.

If needed, once the shelter is off, the radio can be removed and the control panel removed from the top of the radio. I remove many control panels to replace the bulbs, but have only disassembled the control panel one time and my memory cannot offer any suggestions. However, once the control panel is off, I'm sure you'll figure it out without much difficulty. Once the buttons are removed, cleaning is easy.

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Re: Radio buttons sticking

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ni0k wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:04 am
I'm having trouble with the radio buttons (NOT the handlebar buttons) sticking. I ride a lot of gravel and tiny bits of gravel get in the area around the buttons. A Honda dealer mechanic told me to use plastic toothpick to clean the gravel out but I haven't had success with that. I've also tried spray lube but no joy with that either. The shop manual has no dis-assembly procedure for the button keyboard. Anyone been down this road?
I had similar problems with the 2003 GL1800 I owned. I didn't think of the plastic toothpicks, nice idea. What I used was the back side of an Xacto Knife blade.
I noticed that when I depressed the button, the forward part of the button pretty much stayed stationary with the aft part of the button moving down. I had a couple of pieces of grit that had lodged in the forward part of a couple of buttons. I swiped the slender sharp object through the forward part of the button opening to clear the obstruction.
If the obstruction is multiple small pieces of grit, you can most likely blow them out with compressed air once you depress the buttons.
MikeB
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