GT/GTS: How to fix the electric seat switch
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Vespa GTS300S red
Joined: 16 Aug 2006
Posts: 154
Location: Manchester, UK
Tue Dec 05, 2006 12:41 pm quote
This article was contributed by JohnW

This problem is caused by corrosion on the contacts of the switch, on the bulkhead. It doesn't take long for this to develop (my GTS is just 6 months old and had already stopped working). To fix it you need to clean the switch as follows:

1. Remove the black cover from the left side bulkhead.
2. Reach behind the switch and while applying a little pressure to the top and bottom of the switch, push it outwards (tricky but possible).
3. Pull out the wiring plug from the back of the switch.
4. Open the switch by pressing on the tang illustrated in the photo below and doing the same on the other side of the switch.
5. The part of the switch with the button has two nipple shaped contacts which will almost certainly be dirty - clean them with some fine sandpaper or wire wool etc.
6. The other part of the switch has a metal insert on one side (of the inside) - clean these in a similar way.
7. Make sure the spring is still located on the peg in the main body of the switch and push the two parts back together (also make sure the metal pins on the button part are at the same side as the contacts on the inside of the main body.
8. Reconnect the wiring plug and test to make sure the switch is working.
9. Push the switch back into the bulkhead.
10. Repeat in 6 months!

Nice, easy and satisfying job - Good Luck

Switch pushed out from it's housing

Close-up of the switch and how to take it apart

The switch opened - note the dirty contacts

Joined: 06 Jan 2021
Posts: 3
Location: London
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:20 pm quote
Thanks John.

Saved me a trip to the vespa parts department.

Also, get a small screwdriver and bend the tabs with the nipples upwards slightly
to improve the contact
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