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I have a problem on my 04 where the cruise control button will not stay in. Was working last week but today it will not engage, just comes right back out to a non-set position. I have search the forum and found sticking button problems but did not find this. I tried the electronic spray cleaner without success. I haven't changed anything that would do a automatic disengage but, that would not effect the button staying in anyway. Any suggestions on a fix? Thanks Ron
 

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I suspect that the button sticking in the engaged position is a different animal from not staying engaged. No actual experinence, but my thinking is that while first might be cured by cleaning or lube, I suspect yours may only respond to replacement.
 

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Disassembled the switch box without removing it. Pulled down the inside metal plate cover, sprayed a lot of electronics cleaner on the plastic mechanism, reassembled and it's working again.
 

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cruise button

If you plan on replacing, your bike will be down a while. See the topic I started.

http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=209838

I spent a lot of time just getting to the switch, by taking off all the front end tupperware. First time for me. I ended up damaging my slam hammer tip, because the mirror mount screws were absolutely jackhammered into place. When it ruins the tip of a slam hammer, they're too tight.

After 2 weekends working on it, I decided to take the switch apart, and clean it with the radio shack contact cleaner

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103700

It took 3 days of spraying, cleaning, working the switch before mine broke loose. While you're cleaning the cruise switch, clean up the throttle cables since you're right there, and hit the other switches in that handle.

I didn't disassemble the switch, I just kept spraying and working it once it'd exposed it.

If you do decide to replace, I'll probably be selling my replacement switch, Honda PN 35013-MCA-505 that fits 01-03 Gold Wings per Bike Bandit

http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-gl1800-gold-wing-2002/o/m2389?q=35013-MCA-505

Cleaning worked, but it took a long time for it to break free. At least if you're cleaning the switch, you can work on it in the open without tearing half the front end off.
 

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I have a problem on my 04 where the cruise control button will not stay in. Was working last week but today it will not engage, just comes right back out to a non-set position. I have search the forum and found sticking button problems but did not find this. I tried the electronic spray cleaner without success. I haven't changed anything that would do a automatic disengage but, that would not effect the button staying in anyway. Any suggestions on a fix? Thanks Ron
rgw,
If you are talking about the sw that turns the cruise system on/off (and not the one that sets the cruise speed) it is the same as the reverse switch that Fred shows on his site.
http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/reverseswitch

If mine quit like that, before spending big bucks to replace that switch cluster, I would just straight wire it. Mine has been stuck on for about 5 yrs and I just have never seen a reason to turn it off.

Good Luck!
 

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If you are talking about the sw that turns the cruise system on/off (and not the one that sets the cruise speed) it is the same as the reverse switch that Fred shows on his site.
http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/reverseswitch

If mine quit like that, before spending big bucks to replace that switch cluster, I would just straight wire it. Mine has been stuck on for about 5 yrs and I just have never seen a reason to turn it off.

Good Luck!
Mine still works and Its alway On LOL
Come to think about it. Why do they even have an on/off switch?

That switch is one of the hardest to get too. It's the furthest one to the Top and you pretty much have to remove all the switches to get to that one.
There is a Little metal arm that has to move side to side when you push the button in. Its probably just dirty but the little guides for that Arm could be worn out too.
Not a Job for the faint of heart. Need good fingers and Good Eyes. Also need lots of patients, the ability to stand on one leg with your head upside down holding your Tongue to the Left.
 

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Same here. I never turn off my cruise control. Never had a reason to and never knew why the option is even there.
 

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I had trouble with cruise kicking out that was caused by the aftermarket front brake lever not releasing the brake switch:oops:. This also meant that the brake light was staying on.

It may not be the cruise button at all.
 

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If you plan on replacing, your bike will be down a while. See the topic I started.

http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=209838

I spent a lot of time just getting to the switch, by taking off all the front end tupperware. First time for me. I ended up damaging my slam hammer tip, because the mirror mount screws were absolutely jackhammered into place. When it ruins the tip of a slam hammer, they're too tight.

After 2 weekends working on it, I decided to take the switch apart, and clean it with the radio shack contact cleaner

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103700

It took 3 days of spraying, cleaning, working the switch before mine broke loose. While you're cleaning the cruise switch, clean up the throttle cables since you're right there, and hit the other switches in that handle.

I didn't disassemble the switch, I just kept spraying and working it once it'd exposed it.

If you do decide to replace, I'll probably be selling my replacement switch, Honda PN 35013-MCA-505 that fits 01-03 Gold Wings per Bike Bandit

http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-gl1800-gold-wing-2002/o/m2389?q=35013-MCA-505

Cleaning worked, but it took a long time for it to break free. At least if you're cleaning the switch, you can work on it in the open without tearing half the front end off.
Just curious. Do you have a soldering iron? If only the switch was bad, replace the switch ONLY. Hour or less spent on it. No need to replace the whole harness and minimal disassembly required. Just use the leftover (and VERY) expensive wire for wiring some more accessories. I know it crabs ya to spend $139 on a darned simple switch, but..... there is an easier way.
 

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Cruise Control & Reverse Switches - GL1800

Just curious. Do you have a soldering iron? If only the switch was bad, replace the switch ONLY. Hour or less spent on it. No need to replace the whole harness and minimal disassembly required. Just use the leftover (and VERY) expensive wire for wiring some more accessories. I know it crabs ya to spend $139 on a darned simple switch, but..... there is an easier way.
My switches were starting to get sticky. At first, they wouldn't pop back out when pushed in. Then, a few months later my reverse switch wouldn't stay engaged. I used Honda Spray Silicone and sprayed around the switches towards the inside of the switch housings. After several sprays and activating the switches, they work fine again. Silicone spray is a great lubricant and it doesn't attract dirt or moisture.
 
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