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How to Replace Headlight Switch 95-99 GMC K1500

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  1. step : Removing the Dash Trim Instrument Cluster (0:45)
    • Turn the key to the run position
    • Press the brake and put the gear selector in the lowest position
    • Pry out along the edges of the dash trim
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
  2. step : Removing the Headlight Switch (2:35)
    • Pry out the tabs behind the headlight switch with a flat blade screwdriver while pulling the headlight switch up
    • Remove the headlight switch
  3. step : Installing the Headlight Switch (3:04)
    • Press the headlight switch into the dash trim
  4. step : Installing the Dash Trim Instrument Cluster (3:15)
    • Connect the wiring harnesses
    • Pull out the cupholder
    • Press the dash trim into place

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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 vehicles headlight switch. If you like this video please click subscribe. We have a ton more information on this truck, as well as many other makes and models, and if you ever need parts for your car you can follow the link down in the description over to 1AAuto.com.

Tilt your steering column to the lowest position, turn the key to the run position and our battery is disconnected--this will work either way. Put your foot on the brake and put the gear selection 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've got to kind of scooch it forward, and then pop that real 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 the top of the push button. That needs to be depressed to just the right level to sneak it under. And it's almost easier to just 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 your headlight switch from the dash, carefully pry back the plastic tabs holding it in place. There are two on each side. We're just using a small flat blade screwdriver here. You want to keep some upward tension while you do that. Then pop the switch out of the dash.

To install your new switch, simply make sure it's facing the correct direction, and push it back in until the tabs lock 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

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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