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We have a maglite that holds 5 or 6 D batteries and some liquid in rubber has now caused the on/off switch to no longer work. Is there something that can be done?

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You could leave the torch in the cupboard near the hot water tank for a few days and the switch might dry out .The contacts have probably corroded at this stage though

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Where can i buy parts for mag light 3d size flashlight , the parts that i need is a switch and rubber cap .... thanks

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly. Please see this link for the parts you need:
Rubber cap is item 7 The barrell with switch is item 6. (mouse over the item numbers and the part number is on the right. If you order the barrell with switch you probably do not need the rubber cap.
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Can't open the flash light to change the batteries? Does the bottom open up? Do the batteries get replaced from the top by removing the bulb first?

The back, tail cap, should be unscrewed from the maglite to replace the batteries. It can be pretty hard to open as they are generally not opened very often and there's a rubber seal to keep it water-proof. You could try using a pliers or vice but be careful not to squeeze it out of shape.

There's also a possibility that if the batteries are in it a long time that they have leaked and the leaked chemicals have sealed it. If this is the case you may be able to get the maglite replaced depending on what brand of batteries were in it. Maglite have an agreement with the makers of Duracell, Ever-Ready and Ray-O-Vac to replace the Maglite if one of their batteries leak in it.

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No light

Ok... You've put batteries in it, right? And they're fresh? Good.
The end cap is screwed in nice and firm? Finger tight is right.
You can see a globe in the lens? There's usually a replacement in the end-cap on these maglites.
The big black rubber button near the light end of the torch is an on/off switch. Press it! (Or if you want to test it, drive over it with a truck like they do in the commercials!)
Very occasionally the switch fails but they're tough and well designed. It is not a common problem.

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I have replaced batteries and bulb in maglite flashlight. Problem is still the same. The light comes on but immediately dims to very poor light. Can't get at switch ---it's a maglite.

Sounds like a bad switch, but if you live in the US, you have a limited lifetime warranty on your light.

Contact Maglite at:

You should also consider installing a LED bulb in your light. If you use it much at all, it will quickly pay for itself in battery life and the light is a lot whiter.

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You could have dirty contacts if the batteries were in for a long time and you never used it. The contacts are: (1) the tip of the spring and (2) where the positive end of the battery touches way inside the flashlight. You can try and clean them with alcohol. If you think it might be the bulb, try the spare. There is a spare bulb under the spring you see at the base of the flashlight when you install the batteries, you have to pull the spring out and then snap it back in after you get the bulb out. And yes, positive end goes in first in the Maglite. Hope this helps.

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