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Old 10-25-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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lubricating switchgear

Indicator button on my XL600 was getting stickier and stickier to operate. Took the switchgear apart, and found that a couple of the white plastic switch parts that contain spring loaded ball bearings which engage with detents in other parts in order to switch left/right/off as required, were filled with crud.

Cleared the crud, but am not sure what to lube the parts with. Thought maybe vaseline, but would that be too sticky?

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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I feel like white lithium grease would work well here
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:25 PM   #3
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White Lithium might be too heavy, but it would resist washout real well. I'd try dielectric grease.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:29 PM   #4
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silicone spray to clean with, silicone grease (plumber's grease) to lube.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:32 PM   #5
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I've used dielectric grease for switches before with no problems. It works well. Silicone or white lithium grease as mentioned above would be good too.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:03 PM   #6
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You can also try the dry lube but the silicon works very very well.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:54 PM   #7
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My switches are full of Teflon Dry lube, sure nice and smooth. Easy to re-apply as it comes out very thin and seeps in, then dries out leaving the Teflon behind. Does not retain dirt & crud like greases.....I like that very much.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:02 AM   #8
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The best I have found for switches and pots.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:36 AM   #9
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I've used the light-weight white grease for bicycle bearings (which might be white lithium as previously mentioned). That said, some sort of dry lubricant might be a better way to go.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:53 AM   #10
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:03 AM   #11
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I wished that BMW would learn to apply that properly in their switches. The way they do it, leaves big clumps that eventually congeal with moisture and grits. Not easy to get into them switches and clean up the mess, lotsa little parts that may just fly off.

Not pretty what some of us have found in them switches after a few hours of surgery. All lubed now with Teflon Dry Lube.....the one I am using is Dielectric. Much easier and faster to reapply through the little holes behind the switch covers.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:13 PM   #12
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Vaseline would work fine, it isn't to far for dielectric grease. I use it on battery posts to stop them from corroding and it works great.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:18 AM   #13
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Not sure if it's the same stuff he's using, but I squirt some Dupont Teflon Chain Lube on my handlebar switches when they seem to be getting sticky. Smoothes them right up.
Lloyds "Non-flammable electrical contact cleaner" first then Lloyds Teflon Dry Lube.Specs are pretty close to the Dupont stuff, I already checked the MSDSs and Technical Application Sheets. Sure loosens up the plastic actuation parts that Teflon. And sometimes them Conformal Coatings for further protection/weatherproofing of electrical parts but them can be pricey, as in over $20.00 a can. Will last me 20 years or so like the last one.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:01 AM   #14
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