For Ks with high miles or those
that have been exposed to the elements it is not uncommon
for there to be some corrosion of the contacts in the
start/kill switch. It is fairly easy to take the start/kill
switch apart to clean those contacts.
The first step is to remove the
right combination switch from the throttle perch. There is a
small Phillips screw at the bottom of it that holds it onto
the throttle perch.
IMPORTANT: Many times the last time that screw
was touched was when it was installed at the factory so the
threads might be sticky. Therefore I recommend using a
quality Phillips screwdriver with a good head and lots of
direct pressure on the screwdriver to initially break the
threads free. If you don't do this then you run the risk of
stripping the head of the screw.
Once you have the combo switch
removed you can take the start/kill switch assembly out and
clean the contacts with some fine steel wool:
If the kill paddle has broken off
or the green button has decided to go on vacation then
there's a person in Spain who makes start/kill switch
replacements so that you can avoid the expense of replacing
the entire right combo switch.
Here's a link:
(I have no affiliation with that
seller. I am just providing the link.)
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