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How to Replace 4x4 Switch 88-98 GMC K1500

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How to Replace 4x4 Switch 88-98 GMC K1500

Created on: 2017-02-23

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a damaged, shorted, or faulty 4WD dash switch on 96 GMC Sierra

  1. step 1 :Removing the Dash Panel
    • Tilt the steering column to the lowest position
    • Turn the key to the run position
    • Put the gear selector in the lower position
    • Pull out the dash panel
    • Disconnect the electrical connectors
  2. step 2 :Removing the 4WD Switch
    • Press the tabs
    • Pop the switch forward and out
  3. step 3 :Installing the 4WD Switch
    • Press the switch into place
  4. step 4 :Installing the Dash Panel
    • Connect the electrical connectors
    • Press the dash into place

Tools needed for replacement

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

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In this video, we're going to be working with our 1996 GMC Sierra K1500. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your vehicle's 4x4 selector switch.

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Tilt your steering column to the lowest position. Turn the key to the run position. Our battery is disconnected. This will work either way. Put your foot on the brake and put the gear selector in the lowest position. You can then simply put your fingers behind the dash panel and carefully go around. Open the cup holder a little to get that clip out, and pop all the clips out. You got to scooch it forward and then pop that rear panel over the instrument cluster up, so you can move it around a little. We'll then disconnect all of the electrical connectors behind our dash.

Now this connector is a little tricky. You have this little “T” here on top of the push button. That needs to be depressed to just the right level to sneak it under. It's almost easier to use a flat blade screwdriver, pry it down and back. You can then push down and release the connector from the four-wheel drive selector buttons. Flip the panel out and release the headlight switch connector as well. You can now remove the entire dash panel from the vehicle.

To remove the four-wheel drive selector switch, push down on the plastic retaining tabs and push out on the switch at the same time to make sure they don't just lock back in. There are four in total, one on each side. It looks like we've got some little retainers on the corner to pop out, and remove your switch.

To install a new four wheel drive switch, simply line it up and snap it back into place.

Reconnect the electrical connectors. Don't forget to do the headlight switch on the other side. Line the dash back up and pop all of the retainers back into place. Remember to pull the cup holder out because of that lip, and you're good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

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