Removing a headlight switch is such a minor thing, right? This is true if you're an experienced Bolter. Yet to a noob, it's not exactly intuitive. Ah, the nature of the hobby! And a chance to test your thumbs of steel.


How to remove your headlight switch
By Michael "Gibsonflatpicker" Groves
1950 3100 PU
Bolter# 276390
Washington - "The Couve"
More discussion about this topic
in the Electrical Bay Forum
March 26, 2012

Duh, that wasn't so hard!

Removing a headlight switch is such a minor thing, right? This is true if you're an experience Bolter. To someone new to the hobby of restoring an old truck, this is not exactly intuitive. There's a little secret that, once you've figured it out, makes you say "duh, that wasn't so hard."

For those of you who have been scratching your head and still haven't discovered how it's done, here's the scoop. This approach is used on virtually all cars and trucks utilizing the pull type of headlight switch.



First, and any time you're doing electrical work, disconnect the battery. Because ... on many of the old switches, the connectors are not insulated and shorting one out can mean sparks, burning insulation and in worst case scenarios, you could inadvertently set your vehicle afire.

Now, reach under the dash and feel the underside of the switch (the side opposite the connectors) and find the small button shown in the picture. Then pull the headlight switch to the "on" position. Once it's in the on position, depress the button and you can now remove the knob and stem by pulling it out of the switch. Some switches may require that the knob be turned fully to the left or right.

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Note: after umpteen years, the release mechanism may be corroded, making it difficult to depress. It has been suggested in those cases, to tape a coin to your finger to allow you depress it. However, true Bolters fingers are often calloused and possess qualities comparable to hardened steel. In that case you can disregard this hint! (We don't need no stinkin' coins ~ Editor)


Once the the knob and stem have been removed, you can unscrew the threaded bezel and then the switch is free and can be removed.

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Putting it back!

When reinstalling the switch, the knob and stem should slide right in. If not, simply depress the button while gently pushing the knob in and you're done.

 

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