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While riding today I noticed that my 'Cruise Set' wasn't working and when I got home I found that the brake lights were also lit all the time. I disconnected the rear brake switch first but the lights stayed on. When I disconnected the front brake lever wires the lights went out so I took off the micro switch block which I assume is faulty.

I've attached a picture which shows that one of the micro switches is shorter than the other. The one sticking out the farthest clicks nicely on and off but the short one does not. The short one pushes in on it's spring but does not click. Am I right in assuming this is the fault or is the micro switch supposed to act in this way?
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Sometimes you can clean those switches and be okay. I've used WD-40 or plastic-safe contact cleaner and they both worked about the same.

I'm sure new switches are still available but I can't even find them on the list.
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Thanks Dennis. I've sprayed it to within an inch of it's life but still no click on one of them. I think you've answered my question though in that both micro switches should click? Only one of mine is so I'll look for a new one.

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It's on the master cylinder. http://www.westernhonda.com/fiche_section_detail.asp

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Yup. That was the very first place I looked, and missed the switch completely. I'm amazed that I don't walk into walls.

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And John, I don't know if that switch is supposed to "click". It can probably be taken apart and cleaned, but with a list price of under $12, it's hardly worth the bother. Just go to your local dealer and get a new one.

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I have just checked my old switch, the micro switches both click and they are at the same length as the long one in your picture.

It is a cheap part, 8.88$ in Partzilla, if you like to replace.
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I have just checked my old switch, the micro switches both click and they are at the same length as the long one in your picture.

It is a cheap part, 8.88$ in Partzilla, if you like to replace.
Thank you for checking the click, confirms my thoughts that it was my problem. I've got one on order now. $35 over here but then again all parts are expensive here!

Thanks to everyone else too for the info which was really useful.

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I've got one on order now. $35 over here but then again all parts are expensive here!
Wow! Three times list seems like more than continental markup.

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