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I have a 1999 Shadow Aero 1100. When I push the start button, the headlight dims but it won't start. For a while, it would start fine sometimes but now it won't. Should I pull the switch out and clean the contacts? The switch doesn't look serviceable. Thanks!
 

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Your start switch will look something like this...
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Carefully pry apart the housing from the contacts...there's also a ball bearing on the bottom of the switch that is not shown...
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You'll see that the switch housing and the contacts will only go back together one way...
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Done!
 

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When cleaning these switches, I use Electrical Joint Compound to keep cleaning the contacts and seal water out, insteadda silicone which merely keeps moisture out...

I`ll study up on "dielectric compound",
Dennis
 

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Your start switch will look something like this...
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Carefully pry apart the housing from the contacts...there's also a ball bearing on the bottom of the switch that is not shown...
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You'll see that the switch housing and the contacts will only go back together one way...
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Done!
Wow! Thanks for the super thorough explanation with pics. I'll try that.
 

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I spread a white sheet on the ground, to catch any fallen parts >I pull my bike onto it, then start disassembly...
Be careful/Watch that itty bitty ball,
Dennis
 

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My Paw told me that most mechanicing that I would do, 85% was cleaning.
So after scraping gaskets, cleaning grease off of blocks and scrubbing many parts in a bucket I was a believer.
I later graduated to electric contacts ( My ho trains tracks were so shiny. ).
So keep it clean, and keep it running.
 
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