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    Default CX Window Switch Repair

    Hi All,
    I'm a veteran CitroŽn owner but new to the CX. I recently acquired an`84 GTi and am enjoying fussing with all the little surprises that one discovers with a new toy. My current issue is with the window switches. All of them are intermittent and though I can buy new ones, I thought I'd see if they can be cleaned or repaired. If they can, I'd like to know how to get them apart without damaging them permanently. Any advice?

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    Yeah they just pop apart. Give it a go There quite easy to clean.

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    that wouldnt be the cx from peter brown in tassie would it?

    also check the cable in the door gap for broken strands

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    If your worried about breaking them .... don't!! If you do break one I have plenty here, however they will need cleaning too (says he who can only wind down the passenger window from the drivers side, and only wind it up by pushing both buttons at the same time until one finally works) You'll probably need to re-clean them every 5years or so (at least that's my experience).

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    Default CX Window Switches Cont.

    I've taken off the crimped surround and the plastic rocker but the switch innards don't have an obvious (to me) way to come loose. The spade connectors on the bottom of the switch appear to be permanently installed. Cutting away part of each spade would be required for removal.

    I'll post some pics...

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    I'm in Seattle

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    Post some piccies, it's sounds like your car has the switch with the chrome soround that needs to be removed. You need to pry the rocker assembly of the switch out. The spade terminals stay in the housing.

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    Welcome to the forum Peter,

    I've had good results using an electrical spray contact cleaner. There are enough gaps in the switch body to spray thru. I do a pretty generous spray while operating the switch. This seems to do a good job of flushing the gunk away and it leaves a protective coating. This is the one I use http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=NA1012 Brand names might be different in the US but you will be able to get something similar.
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    Yes, generous soaking sprays of contact cleaner are the go, before attempting disassembly.

    Also check the state of the wires from the door frame to the door. They may be old and perishing and preventing the transfer of electrons.
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    Yes, electrical contact cleaner [leaves no residue].
    Worked every time on Volvo window swiches. We were supposed to remove, dismantle and clean, very time consuming and if you lost any of the small parts ??
    Being a lazy sod I found the spray was the way to go.
    Drivers side switches would get cig ash in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    Yes, generous soaking sprays of contact cleaner are the go, before attempting disassembly.

    Also check the state of the wires from the door frame to the door. They may be old and perishing and preventing the transfer of electrons.
    We did have this problem on a high mileage car. Replaced the door wiring run with domestic extension flex, which has very fie wires so goes a long time before the wires all break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Llewellyn View Post
    We did have this problem on a high mileage car. Replaced the door wiring run with domestic extension flex, which has very fie wires so goes a long time before the wires all break.
    Clever. And if it has some residual voltage it takes the strain of the battery
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    Thanks for the encouragement. I bought some contact cleaner and will give it a go.

    -Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ah-Me-Eight View Post
    Thanks for the encouragement. I bought some contact cleaner and will give it a go.

    -Peter

    It's really good with tonic
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