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overly-detailed for noobs to some repairs (includes me)

Time to OPEN the plastic halves of the switch covers, move as needed out of the way.
Remove plastic cover over assumedly 20+ year old grease, a small tube of Dielectric Grease from any parts store will last you years

Clean with CRC Electrical Spray Contact Cleaner, the BLUE CAN is safe around Wing plastics.

Apply new grease, operate switches to distribute grease, assemble cover and enjoy working switches!
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It'll be interesting to hear if cleaning the starter switch will do the trick.
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Thanks Ken for clearing it up. You were talking about when in a failed mode. It is now operational again, so far. I will try the quick, easy fix of just spraying the contacts and monitor for a failure in the future. If it continues to happen intermittently, then disassemble and clean thoroughly, I have plastic friendly CRC already, I use it in other electronics. Next time, if it fails, I will go through the reverse check, now that I understand it, but I need it in failure mode to make that test.
Lots of great info on this, more than I expected, so it's not just a simple on/off switch in operation by itself.

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It'll be interesting to hear if cleaning the starter switch will do the trick.

It's always a dirty starter switch. No matter what is wrong, cleaning the starter switch will fix it.

Hell! The other day the neighbor kid lost his new puppy. I cleaned my starter switch and the dog came home.

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It's always a dirty starter switch. No matter what is wrong, cleaning the starter switch will fix it.

Hell! The other day the neighbor kid lost his new puppy. I cleaned my starter switch and the dog came home.

I just got in from work, found this thread and if there hadn't been so many replies already about the switch, I was going to quote you saying to clean the switch as my post.
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It's always a dirty starter switch. No matter what is wrong, cleaning the starter switch will fix it.

Hell! The other day the neighbor kid lost his new puppy. I cleaned my starter switch and the dog came home.

Damned near pissed my pants on this one!
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I tried cleaning by just spraying from the outside, but that doesn't help much, most likely because it doesn't get to where it needs to be and is probably pretty crusty in there. So a project for this weekend will be to disassemble the switch and thoroughly clean it all out as per Aloha Tom's suggestion. Snapping the switch returns the light.
Dennis, nice to hear from you especially the humor part, or were you serious?

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I tried cleaning by just spraying from the outside, but that doesn't help much, most likely because it doesn't get to where it needs to be and is probably pretty crusty in there. So a project for this weekend will be to disassemble the switch and thoroughly clean it all out as per Aloha Tom's suggestion. Snapping the switch returns the light.
Dennis, nice to hear from you especially the humor part, or were you serious?
This link may help.
https://www.goldwingfacts.com/1500startbutton.htm
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I heard the Dog ran away again, Dennis didn't clean the switch "good enough" and it didn't last.....!

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Dennis, nice to hear from you especially the humor part, or were you serious?
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Thanks for the tutorial Erdeniz, I won't be taking the grip off but I will also be cleaning the cruise switch, it kinda sticks too.

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