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    Indicator switch playing up
    on: Oct 24, 2016, 07.25 am
    Oct 24, 2016, 07.25 am
    Seem to have developed a problem with the indicator switch... it's like it has partially broken off inside the housing, meaning it stays to the left or right when operated and doesn't return to centre. Annoyingly, it is only like this sometimes!

    Anyone else had any switch issues? Thoughts on fixing? I'm loath to go squirting WD-40 into electrical housings.

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    Re: Indicator switch playing up
    Reply #1 on: Oct 24, 2016, 08.24 am
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    That does sound bizarre,.....if it's not actually broken inside then I'd say that it needs some lubricant asap. Not sure if WD40 is the best thing to use in this case but I wouldn't have thought that it could do any harm.

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    Re: Indicator switch playing up
    Reply #2 on: Oct 24, 2016, 09.43 am
    Oct 24, 2016, 09.43 am
    Had the same problem usually after touring in bad weather.  Get a can of switch cleaner I get mine from Maplins £4 search in google.  Spray it on done it about 3 times had no adverse reaction.

    Last time it happened I did drop a bit of WD40 in to and seemed to do the trick but prefer using the cleaner.

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    Re: Indicator switch playing up
    Reply #3 on: Oct 24, 2016, 01.25 pm
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    Mine did that and a little squirt of WD did the trick, works normal now.

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    Re: Indicator switch playing up
    Reply #4 on: Oct 24, 2016, 05.07 pm
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    I'd be loathe to spritz WD40 into the switch housing - the turn signal is made up of three microswitches and you don't really want any lube getting in them (in addition to the microswitches for the other stuff). Take the cube apart (it's rather easy), and lube just the turn signal bar -- if I recall, it's plastic, so you don't want to be using WD40 anyway, a silicone-based lubricant would be better, IMO.
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    Re: Indicator switch playing up
    Reply #5 on: Oct 24, 2016, 07.08 pm
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    AZBob, it was over a year ago that I applied WD40 to the turn signal switch with no ill effects.  Have used it on other bikes electrical connections as a cleaner as well as numerous other applications with never a bad experience.  It's base is fish oil with petroleum and other added ingredients.  As we all know WD stands for Water Displacement. 

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    Re: Indicator switch playing up
    Reply #6 on: Oct 25, 2016, 07.20 am
    Oct 25, 2016, 07.20 am
    Gave it a tiny little squirt of WD40 last night, freed up nicely.

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    Re: Indicator switch playing up
    Reply #7 on: Oct 25, 2016, 04.25 pm
    Oct 25, 2016, 04.25 pm
    *Originally Posted by nervouswreck [+]
    AZBob, it was over a year ago that I applied WD40 to the turn signal switch with no ill effects.  Have used it on other bikes electrical connections as a cleaner as well as numerous other applications with never a bad experience.  It's base is fish oil with petroleum and other added ingredients.  As we all know WD stands for Water Displacement.

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