Monday, October 17, 2011

Mondial Repairs

I arrived home from the giro and quickly made a list of things that need to be repaired, fixed or upgraded on the Mondial. These old bikes always need something. Sometimes the problems just arrive and sometimes they are chronic things you just can't seem to get rid of.  Eventually I might decide to move to a new old bike and a new set of problems!
The problem at hand:
- the ignition switch is intermittent and the ignition can cut out while riding or sometimes just to prevent the bike from starting.
A little investigation showed that the flat contact spring for the contact on the switch is made of two pieces, and one of the pieces has broken. (You can see the broken flat contact spring on the switch on the right in the picture below.) Unbelievably, I was able to find a replacement switch easily on sale for a mere $36. Its slightly different, but no big issues.
The new switch is on the left in the pic, with the bulb and fuse already fitted. I also put a jumper on it to connect two of the terminals. 
So now the switch is fixed!

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