DIY Guide: Replacing your Headlight Switch Knob
Your headlights can spell the difference between a safe drive and a dangerous one. These babies help you see at night and through heavy precipitation, and you'll want to ensure that they're working at all times. You'll also want to be able to activate them with ease and convenience. However, you won't be able to do this if you're switch knob is broken. Lucky for you, replacing your headlight switch knob with a new one will a piece of cake. In fact, you can even do it yourself in very little time. Just follow these quick steps, and you'll be able to erase any headlight activation issues.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Tools you'll need:
- Gloves and goggles
- 1/4 inch open-end wrench
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flat screwdriver
- Replacement headlight switch knob
Step 1: Before doing any auto DIY job, make sure you're wearing some safety goggles and gloves.
Step 2: Prop your hood open. Then disconnect the negative battery lead.
Step 3: Use an open-end wrench to loosen the bolts holding the steering rag joint and the steering box together. Remove the bolts holding the steering column to the firewall, as well as the bolts holding the steering column to the lower dash panel.
Step 4: Slowly lower the steering column as far as it will go. Doing so will give you ample space to pull the dash panel back.
Step 5: Use your screwdriver to remove the screws connecting the dash panel to the upper dash pad. Then remove the screws on the left side of the pad that connect to the door frame and the screws that connect the dash panel to the center console.
Step 6: Look to the upper-left corner of the dashboard in order to locate your headlight knob. Slowly pull the dash cover to give you enough space to access the headlight switch housing.
Step 7: Use a flat screwdriver to remove the center retainer, which connects the switch to the dash pad. Remove the vacuum hoses and electrical connections, then replace the switch housing.
Step 8: Push the knob and rod through the dashboard into the new housing to the point that you feel it click into place. Lightly move it back and forth to ensure that it's securely positioned.
Step 9: Re-assemble the dashboard panel and re-attach the steering column bracket and firewall bracket. Retighten the rag joint bolts and reconnect the negative battery lead. Close the hood, and you're all set.