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Default How to Separate Horn Switch from Horn Button ? - '74 XLH



I need to replace the switch (#8) in figure 5-4 above..... but the horn button (#12) seems to be firmly attached to the switch.

I assume there's a knack (vs ham fisted) to removing the horn switch (#8) from the switch housing cover (#2).... and the horn button (#12) is preventing that. (And yes, #6 & #7 are removed )

Since the magic touch escapes me, my questions are:
  1. how did the factory attach the horn button (#12) to the horn switch (#8) ?
  2. how does one separate the two, without destroying the horn button ?
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It’s like a tiny ball and socket give it a good tug with your fingers or some pliers and it will pop off.

In fact, if the switch is bad, hold the housing and use the pliers on the switch give it a good yank and the button will pop free. Aim the button in a way that it won’t go flying into oblivion, of course!
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Many thx doodah man. That was the ticket.

A good yank on the switch & the button popped right off. No problem.

For others that might read this thread 6 months from now..... FYI, the bakelite (or whatever that hard plastic compound is) on the back of the switch disintegrated when I applied the pliers. I guess that might be expected on a 45 year old switch that had been overheating. For me..... no big deal, the switch had already been diagnosed as faulty & was destined for the garbage.
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now finding a good sw is the next hurdle. radio shack used to sell some half decent ones.
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now finding a good sw is the next hurdle.
Possibly

Finding an OEM replacement switch (p/n 71484-72A) was easy. H-D still sells them, new. Not NOS, but newly manufactured (by Grayhill) in China.

But is it a "good" switch ? Dunno. External quality seems a-ok. It fits, it works (for now). Time will judge if the internals measure up.

BTW, Grayhill was the manufacturer of my original 45 yr old switch too.
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If you look closely at the underside of the control housing, you should see two small reliefs under each push button. These allow you to use a small pick to hold the new switch stem while you pop the new button onto the stem. Otherwise, the stem will push in and the button won't lock onto the ball end. Also works for removing the push button as well.

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