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Start/Kill Switch Rehab or Replace

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:

 

Replacement:

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:

http://www.hardtoptire.com/familia-hardtop_en.php?id_familia=105&id_catalogo=19

(I have no affiliation with that seller. I am just providing the link.)

 

2021 Drake Smith - Please do not use or reproduce this elsewhere.  Feel free to link to it though.