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New Tech tip for review
#837008 Tue Mar 20 2012 08:29 PM
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Below is a new tech tip submitted by Michael "Gibsonflatpicker"Groves. Please review and comment as may be needed.

Removing a headlight switch is such a minor thingÖ right? This is true if youíre an experience bolter, but to a noob, itís not exactly intuitive. Thereís a little secret that once you figure it out makes you say ďduh, that wasnít so hard.Ē

For those of you who have been scratching your head and still havenít discovered how itís done, hereís the scoop. This approach is used on virtually all cars and trucks utilizing the pull type of headlight switch.

First, as anytime youíre doing electrical work, disconnect the battery. On many of the old switches the connectors are not insulated and shorting one out can mean burning insulation, sparks 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 itís in the on position, depress the button and you can now remove the knob and stem by pulling it out of the switch. Picture

Once the the knob and stem has been removed, you can unscrew the threaded bezel and then the switch will be free and can be easily removed. Picture

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 youíre done.

Last edited by The Ned; Tue Mar 20 2012 11:52 PM.
Re: New Tech tip for review
The Ned #837037 Tue Mar 20 2012 09:59 PM
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first paragraph - last "you" should be "out"?
third paragraph - extra "in" before inadvertently.
fourth paragraph - some switches must be turned all the way one way or the other before they will release. For example my 53 has to be turned to the left (brightest dash lights position).


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Re: New Tech tip for review
FriedGreenTmater #837053 Tue Mar 20 2012 10:35 PM
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Thanks Vern. I'll update the tip...

Re: New Tech tip for review
The Ned #837056 Tue Mar 20 2012 11:03 PM
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grin now "our" should be "out"?


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Re: New Tech tip for review
FriedGreenTmater #837067 Tue Mar 20 2012 11:53 PM
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Thanks again... thank goodness Peg proof reads these things before publishing. smile

Re: New Tech tip for review
The Ned #837192 Wed Mar 21 2012 06:01 AM
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You now have at least 3 threads with the same title. How about putting some clue to the subject matter in the title so we'll know if we've looked at that one before?


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Re: New Tech tip for review
Cletis #837201 Wed Mar 21 2012 07:43 AM
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I was thinking the same thing cletis. I'll try to make the titles more discriptive in the future. Either way it shouldn't be much of an issue once I burn down the backlog.

Re: New Tech tip for review
The Ned #837388 Wed Mar 21 2012 10:25 PM
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Maybe an addition to the tip you've given: What do you do when you press so hard that it leave a big "dent" in your finger and the button still won't go down? One trick I've used is to tape a dime to my finger. It gives you a nice surface that you can really push!!

Re: New Tech tip for review
persh #837426 Wed Mar 21 2012 11:50 PM
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Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Re: New Tech tip for review
The Ned #837485 Thu Mar 22 2012 02:08 AM
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You may want to identify that it is a spring loaded button and if possible show a side view of the switch.
And yes this is a needed tip, thanks. I remember destroying a dash on an old car the first time I tried to remove one of these switches.


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