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Brian, Albuquerque, NM
It is better to see, and to be seen, than not to be seen and to hear from other angry drivers. Your car or truck headlight switch doesn't just turn the headlights on and off; it has separate components to turn on each of your parking, curb and/or tail lights as well. Most switches also act as the instrument panel light dimmer switch and the interior courtesy light switch.
Symptoms of a deteriorating or bad headlight switch could be the headlights not functioning, a burning electrical smell from the dash only when the lights are on, inability to adjust or dim your instrument panel lights, poor or faulty movement of the mechanical parts of the switch, and/or flickering of the lights.
Most headlight switches are fairly simple to replace. We always recommend consulting a repair manual for your specific vehicle and always disconnect the battery.
On older styles in which you pull out a button to turn on the headlights, you will need to access the back of the switch. There is a small 1/4 inch button, usually facing the passenger side of the car. Pull the switch while simultaneously pressing the little button; the switch activation plunger should then come out. Next unscrew the round nut that holds the switch to the dash. Pull the switch out from behind the dash and unplug it from the harness. Reverse actions to re-install.
Later model vehicles with dash panel mounted headlight switches are fairly straightforward. Usually it is necessary to take some part of the instrument panel trim apart to access the switch. If you do not know how to do this, you should find a manual because the plastic dash trim can be easily broken. After tackling the trim, it is usually just a matter of unbolting or unscrewing the switch, unplugging it, and re-installing. If your switch is stalk or steering column mounted, we recommend consulting a service manual for the proper procedure.
1A Auto offers a large selection of headlight pull switches, multi-fuction dash switches, and stalk switches for many makes and models which are made to high standards and bolt right in place of your original. We also make shopping for a replacement headlight switch for your car, truck, SUV or van easy - we're here to help you select the right part for your vehicle! Call our customer service toll free at 888-844-3393 if you have any questions about our switches, warranty, compatibility or to purchase, or you can buy online.
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