GL1800A Reverse

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GL1800A Reverse

Post by » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:24 pm

Anyone help with this? I have a 2002 1800A today the reverse switch stuck in reverse had to disingage by pulling on the switch with a pair of pliers, cleaned the switch but it won't disingage without pulling manually. first time any ideas.

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Re: GL1800A Reverse

Post by gareva1 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:49 pm

That switch is part of the cluster and can't be separated...I'd start looking in salvage yards for a whole new handlebar switch cluster.

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Re: GL1800A Reverse

Post by brianvanleer » Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:19 pm

I just finished repairing my right bar assembly.

Reverse Switch would not latch into Reverse and the Cruise control was latched Enabled. Both switches suffer the same problem; Dried, gummy lube inside the switch body. Basic details follow, individual skills will determine success.

Caution or you'll be hatin' life. There are springs and many little contacts which can easily get lost or fly off into space. It would be easier if the hand grip assembly is removed from the bike so it could go to the bench. Otherwise, let you skills determine your individual course of action.

The switches have 4 main pieces which all snap together and then the button pushes onto the plunger.
A light weight plastic cover which snaps over the contacts as a simple insulator.
The main outer body which everything clips to.
The contact assembly which snaps into the Main body..
The plunger assembly which rides inside it all.
Then there are the small springs and sliding contacts which are the bits which are easy to lose.
The button is not easy to remove from the plunger.

At the bottom of all of that are two tiny pieces, which are 2 of the 3 parts, for the push-push latching system (a small leaf spring and a trap wire). The third part is formed into the plunger itself. The leaf spring keeps the trap wire engaged into the ramps and gates formed into the bottom side of the plunger.

Clean the old lube out and re-lubricate the assembly. I just used silicone dielectric compound. The springs under the sliding contacts were also gummy. Anywhere that grease gets to is now gummy.

Before you go to this next problem test the cleaned and lubed switch first. The other possibility is that the tiny leaf spring is sprung. It's easy to bend but not too much. It's easy to ruin.

Good luck,

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Re: GL1800A Reverse

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:12 pm

I hate disassembling those tiny little switches, with their springs, ball bearings and so on. I've lost too many of those parts as they go flinging off into space.

I now use a large, transparent plastic bag - like a super-sized ziploc, big enough to get both of my hands into and then some. I disassemble the switches in there, so when the springs let go and pieces go flying, they stay in the bag, instead of vanishing into oblivion under my bench somewhere.

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