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Old 05-03-2017, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Melted switches at helm

Anyone have the problem with the black rubber switches at the helm?
Ours have melted and the rubber gets soft when not covered and rubs off on our clothes. We keep the area covered except when underway-they were like this when we got the boat.
Where do you find replace the melted switch covers?
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:15 AM   #2
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Same thing happened to mine. Citrus based cleaners dissolve the older switch covers.

They are standard Carling switch covers. Most likely contura III. Everyone sells them. They just pop off and the new one pops on. Simple

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Old 05-03-2017, 10:40 AM   #3
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Best deal I found was on eBay. I needed 13 but no one had more than 9 at any one time, so had to make a deal with one of them to order them. Ended up costing a little under $30. And I got the ones that are just black plastic, no rubber to go bad!
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I looked at a number of suppliers.
Waytek Wire had the best pricing, etc.

https://www.waytekwire.com

Each Actuator was $0.74 ea.. (not the 5 bucks or so quoted at many places)
These are the hard plastic version... Not the rubberized..
Holding up really well in the Florida heat/sun.

44437 Carling Technologies VVCBC00-000 Plastic, Black, Amber Lens Contura III Actuator EA 0.74
44435 Carling Technologies VVCZC00-000 Plastic, Black, No Lens Contura III Actuator EA 0.74

Get the removal tool.. It's worth it.
44381 Carling Technologies VRT Actuator Removal Tool for Contura Rocker Switches EA 3.02

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Old 05-07-2017, 12:22 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the info. Very helpful.
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Old 05-07-2017, 12:56 AM   #6
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Check fpmarine.com. I replaced all of mine for the same reason. And yes, buy the removal tool.
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I looked at a number of suppliers.

Waytek Wire had the best pricing, etc.



https://www.waytekwire.com



Each Actuator was $0.74 ea.. (not the 5 bucks or so quoted at many places)

These are the hard plastic version... Not the rubberized..

Holding up really well in the Florida heat/sun.



44437Carling Technologies VVCBC00-000 Plastic, Black, Amber Lens Contura III ActuatorEA0.74

44435Carling Technologies VVCZC00-000 Plastic, Black, No Lens Contura III ActuatorEA0.74



Get the removal tool.. It's worth it.

44381Carling Technologies VRT Actuator Removal Tool for Contura Rocker SwitchesEA3.02



John


Good price per unit, but looks like they get you on the shipping.
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Good price per unit, but looks like they get you on the shipping.
I thought so too..

Then I did the math and it worked out to be $1.28 each for the actuators (including 2 of the removal tools which I amortized into the per unit price).

Some of the others listed at 2.50-3.50 ea (most had shipping charges of some kind as well).

If you only need one or two, Carling or one of their distributors may send you a "sample" for free..

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