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Starter button issues

Starter button often needs to be pressed a couple times to start. Headlight cuts out at times and I have found that when I wiggle the starter button a bit the headlight will go on and off, on and off. I sprayed the proper lubricant into the portholes (notwd40) without success. Opened the unit up to find all clean, no obvious dirt or broken connections. Ideas?

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Sound like the switch inside the housing is broken.

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