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VictorLouis
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PostSubject: Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation   Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation I_icon_minitimeTue May 05, 2020 5:49 am

By that I mean it takes far more effort to push left or right than my other bikes. Ditto the push-to-cancel. More like a SHOVE-to-cancel, LOL. I only really discovered it due to a recent splinter in my left thumb causing it to be sensitive. Embarassed

Do you think I would be ok with a shot of evaporative lube applied there, like Ballistol? Don't worry, NO WD-40. No
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PostSubject: Re: Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation   Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation I_icon_minitimeTue May 05, 2020 5:53 am

I was also having trouble with mine when I first got my SWing a few years back. I used WD-40 with no problem. I just used a small squirt instead of drowning it. I worked it back and forth a few times and it's worked great since.

P.S. I also used the "straw" so I could get it inside and not all over everything else.
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PostSubject: Re: Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation   Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation I_icon_minitimeTue May 05, 2020 5:55 am

I had exactly the same problem occur a few months ago. It felt like it was going to break if I pushed it any harder.

I put in some WD-40 and after some gentle excercising it works smooth as silk.

Something worth considering doing when servicing time comes around.
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PostSubject: Re: Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation   Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation I_icon_minitimeTue May 05, 2020 9:31 am

WELL THEN, if WD-40 has been done twice, LOL....than I will certainly try the Ballistol first. Glad to see that I am not imagining this.
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PostSubject: Re: Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation   Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation I_icon_minitimeWed May 06, 2020 6:21 am

It happens because the grease applied to the contacts & pivots at manufacture drys out, wd40 (other lubricants are available Wink ) is softening the hardened grease
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PostSubject: Re: Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation   Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation I_icon_minitimeWed May 06, 2020 8:56 pm

It's a pain to use the turn signals on my scooter, I've tried WD40 and an electrical switch lube but may have to get into the thing yet. But I can't gripe, that's the only problem I've had the scooter so far in the 12,000 miles I've put on it in the year I've had it. I thought I'd have to change the belt but after riding the scooter like I stole it has eliminated the squawks and it's running like new now. Anyone knows you should open the throttle all the way on take offs, my flight instructor demanded it.
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PostSubject: Re: Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation   Turn signal switch: Stiff in operation I_icon_minitimeThu May 07, 2020 9:18 am

Yes, the Ballistol worked great for the task. My next try would've been Eezox. So, I am shocked that WD40 hasn't tackled it for your bike. Crying or Very sad
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