GK1800 2nd Gen LH Audio Panel Button Stuck


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rickshein
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GK1800 2nd Gen LH Audio Panel Button Stuck

Post by rickshein » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:27 pm



Does anyone know how to unstick buttons on the left hand audio panel (between left hand cubby and your left knee)?
Two of my buttons (CB and FM) are stuck. I've disassemble the panel and the button part that gets pressed just slides in and out in the plastic panel and then engages the circuit board beneath. Seems like the moving part couldn't be simpler, but for the life of me, I can't figure out what is making them stick.
Has anyone else fiddled with this?
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rickshein
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Re: GK1800 2nd Gen LH Audio Panel Button Stuck

Post by rickshein » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:03 am

OK - I've fixed it. The problem was that two of the buttons - CB and FM - had glued themselves to the audio panel faceplate. Not quite sure what caused it. It is like a drop of plastic cement had been applied between the buttons.
IF THIS SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU, this is how to fix it:
1) Get the audio panel off the bike. Easy peasy - once you can figure out how each electrical connector comes apart. Mini-puzzles.
Here's a picture of the back of the panel after removal.
2) Release the cables from the the holder on the back of the panel and then remove the back panel by pressing in on the 7 tabs around the side of the panels. On the top and the side opposite from the dials, there are two sets of tabs. The back panel release tabs are the longer tabs (they match the tabs on the knob-side of the panel).
Here's a picture with the back panel removed.
3) Note where all the wires are where that exit the box. You will need to tuck them all away when done. It's a tight fit.
4) Snip the cable tie where the cable comes out so you can get the cables out of the way.
5) Remove the 7 Phillips head screws attaching the circuit board. Lift and move the circuit board and plastic cover out of the way (no need to disconnect any wires).
6) Remove the plastic frame covering the backs of the buttons. It was sandwiched in, so just lift to remove.
7) Remove the button assembly. This was tricky. You have to depress all the tabs around the assembly simultaneously to get it out. My solution was to take razor blades and wedge them in one at a time. See picture. When they are all released, the assembly will lift out.
8) With MOST of the buttons out of the way, I was left with the front panel and two glued-on buttons. With a little bit of persuasion, I got the buttons out. The photo below shows the button with residual glue/whatever.
9) I cleaned off the goo with some Scotchbrite (sides of buttons aren't really visible so I was not worried about loss of gloss finish - not that after years of service there was much left anyway). The buttons pretty much snapped right back into place in the button assembly.
10) Reverse the above steps to reassemble.
- Step 4 - Get a fresh cable tie and secure that cable down tightly.
- Step 3 - Tuck all the wires away when reattaching the back panel. If you are like me, it may take several attempts to get the panel to lay flat.
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