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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-15-2012, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Switch cleaning 101

My turn signal was starting to act up, not signaling left unless I monkeyed with it. Time to clean.
I thought I would post this, to help anyone who is having the same problem.
It's easy to do and only takes a few minutes.
My bike is a 2000 ACE T, I assume most other Honda switches are similar.

I removed the 2 screws that hold the switch housing together. Carefully pull the 2 halves apart. I did not remove it from the handle bar, and did not disconnect anything. Just let it hang.
Use electrical contact cleaner. I wish I had not lost the little plastic spray tube, but I did fine without it. Do not use anything else (brake cleaner, carb cleaner, etc), as some cleaners will attack plastic parts.
The contacts are hard to see, I marked one of them (I am holding turn signal in the right direction, so you can see the back side of the left contact). The front contacts are on a plastic slider, and you can not see them.
I chose to not disassemble any further, as I didn't think it was necessary.
I sprayed the cleaner liberally inside the switch. Clean everywhere you can with Q Tips. Spray while moving turn signal switch left and right, back and forth. After it's all cleaned up, give a few minutes to dry out.
I applied lube to the slider only, where I have it marked in the photo. I don't know what the correct lube to use is, but I used Militec-1 grease. It is designed for military firearms, and is good at all extreme temps. I applied only a tiny amount, with a toothpick.
Reassemble, and my turn signals work fine now. While at it, work your hi/low beam and horn switches, and blast them out too.
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Thanks. I blasted mine with contact cleaner without taking them apart. It helped, but it needs to be taken apart. Thanks for the write up.

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That's what I was doing, but you'll see when you take it apart, that the blasting from the outside can't work well. It's not a straight shot from the slot on the outside, and is only a temporary fix until you can open it up.
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Thanks. Great and for me very timely write-up.

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Wouldn't dielectric grease have made more sense to use?

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Wouldn't dielectric grease have made more sense to use?

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I don't think he lubed any electrically active parts (ie contacts) - just the guide and pivot points.

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Photo was great, as was the write-up.

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Well my mid-level cleaning didn't help long. I had to take apart the switch assy, and there are two floating contacts with little springs behind them. One contact was stuck, from the old grease from the factory that hardened and got gummy.
I completely disassembled it, cleaned off old grease, cleaned up the contacts, reassembled, and regreased with dielectric grease. Works great now.
Not hard to do, just keep up with the little parts.
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I've never had good luck trying to clean any of those switches without taking them completely apart. Spray cleaners always seem to be temporary. Did the ones on my son's Virago this weekend. Took over an hour, but they work like new.


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