My '17 has a New Way timer. Other than cleaning occasionally, is there any other routine maintenance that needs to be performed on it?
Never heard of it! However, there is a New Day timer which is quite popular. The old ones were good but some of the later ones not so good. I've heard good reports about those currently being manufactured.
Maintenance. Wipe out the dirt and any oil it might have. Check the contacts and bakelite for wear and the brush for wear. If all are good, put the cover on and you are good to go. If worn, you might need to replace. If the engine runs smoothly without missing, fine. If it misfires, it could be caused by wear.
Dang! I keep doing that. NEW DAY, not new way. Sorry....
The only thing you may need to do other than occasional cleaning is replace a worn brush or resurface the contacts if they get rough.
This can be done but the contacts inside are only the thickness of the terminal on the out side. You can reach a point where they get too thin and might not stay in the housing.
The others have covered nearly everything, If you find it's wearing faster than you'd like, replace the brush with a plain carbon brush from an old electric drill or something. If you're already using a carbon brush this advice is now redundant
Norm - a friend had a misfiring '19. Pulled the New day off and it was full of black powder - from the brush???
Steve - as usual, too cool! Another tool for the collection.
Mark - good thing to know.
Kep - do you know of any sources of suitable carbon brushes?
I'd like to get my hands on some used original New Day caps to resurface and keep as spares.Wish I could have gone to Hershey...maybe next year.
Tim, I swear by my New Day. Never a problem as long as maintained. I wipe it clean it a couple times a season, resurface the contacts as needed and, check the brush as needed.
I was lucky enough to get three cheap NOS New days a few years ago. I'm still on the first one after literally thousands of miles.
From what I've seen I like the simplicity of design and maintenance of the New Day. I understand the new ND replacements from Lang's (made by TipTop) are pretty good too. I'm thinking it would be smart to carry a good spare in the tool box while touring.... maybe I'll get lucky and find a NOS too :-)