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RICKG
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:01 am    Post subject: starter switch Reply with quote

a known failure point, if not on your regular maintenance schedule (i'm guilty) is the starter switch. I noticed gradual performance degradation on my starts and found burned contact points in the switch. cleaned up with contact cleaner and soft wire brush, performance restored.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2021 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Rick.
I've noticed on mine that if it sits for a while it takes a number of times stepping on it before it starts to work. My guess is that the dampness of where it is - ambient air moisture - is causing some corrosion to build up on the contacts when it's not in regular use. That gets rubbed off when I start it up again and start using it regularly.
I haven't pulled the starter switch out to look at it but is that a fairly simple process/project?

My jeep sits in the garage of my family's house near the beach so I think the moisture from the air is causing the corrosion. In the Winter it's in the garage in an enclosed bag with dehumidifier bags to keep the air dry.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 screws secure the switch to the starter. start to finish less than 1hr maintenance. I had one weld up and grenade a few years back-not pretty.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!
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