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Switch Removal

Postby thiggy » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:32 pm

I need to remove my 4 position light switch. I installed it prior to installing the hood/fuel tank assembly. Is it possible to remove the light switch without removing the hood?

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Re: Switch Removal

Postby Bob Perry » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:39 pm

Depends on how big your hands are and if you have good dexterity. For me I'd probably loosen the dash and turn it but I have kinda large hands.
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Re: Switch Removal

Postby bythepond88 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:52 pm

I have done it, because the grounds for the wiring harness on my Lo-Boy go underneath one of the dash mounting bolts, and it is more of a pain to replace that bolt while keeping the wires in place than it is to manoeuver the switch in and out with the dash in place.

However, I never considered Bob's suggestion of just turning it. I think that it would work if I just took out the right side bolt and loosened the left side (which has the ground wires) and pivoted the dash so as to have more room.

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Re: Switch Removal

Postby thiggy » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:00 pm

Actually, what I assume would have to be done is to remove the rear tank to dash bolts and loosten the two lower dash mounting bolts and pulling the dash back for a bit of clearance. If that gives me enough space to disconnect the switch, it will be better than completely removing the hood assembly.
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Re: Switch Removal

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:48 pm

yes, you can do it that way, I have done it. While you are at it, think about how hard it will be to change the fuse, and go to your local auto parts stores and get a circuit breaker that will clip into the holder in place of it.
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Re: Switch Removal

Postby lazyuniondriver » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:00 pm

Tech Tip: Whenever replacing components not only on cubs but on any piece of equipment or machinery such as switches, relays, light sockets, fuel pumps etc; always add enough pigtail or extra wire to permit removal of the component next time without removal of the harness or leads first.

If its possible to sneak a component out with extended leads which normally would not be able to be removed without removing other components to get at the leads or connector first, you wll save yourself a lot of time if that component fails in the future.
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Re: Switch Removal

Postby Boss Hog » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:05 pm

I would not want that extra wire in there, tight enough with out more wire than you need. It can be removed with out taking the dash a loose but it is faster just to take the bolts out and prop up the gas tank. really no trouble if you have had it a part before
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Re: Switch Removal

Postby thiggy » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:20 pm

I'll give a report tomorrow after I have tackled the problem.
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Re: Switch Removal

Postby Rudi » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:24 pm

Boss Hog wrote:It can be removed with out taking the dash a loose but it is faster just to take the bolts out and prop up the gas tank. really no trouble if you have had it a part before
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Kinda neat, that is the same way I do it. After taking the hood off a number of times it occurred to me that there had to be a better way ... I also loosen the the dash bolts as well -- tips it back a tad. Gives just a little bit more room for my big hands :lol:
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Re: Switch Removal

Postby thiggy » Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:34 pm

I decided to go ahead and remove the hood since I did not have any fuel in it and the fuel line was not connected anyway. I also loostened the two mounting bolts on the dashboard to give me a little more working room. I got the switch off with no trouble. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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