Question about 1995 Pontiac Grand Am
Brake lights work fine but we can't get the tail lights and dash lights to work.
You may actually be able to save yourself some money if you have this problem. After taking off the defective switch you try and clean the contacts. (The spring in one of mine was stuck so that the contact never completed the circuit.) You may be able to just hit the contacts with a little sand paper and/or contact cleaner and be good to go.
Posted on Jan 16, 2009
I had the lights on my dash and tail lights go out on my 1995 Grand Am
3.1 V6. After much investigation, it ended up being that the turn
signal switch had gone bad. I got mine at Autozone - $79.99 for one
with cruise, $69.99 for one without. SW860 for the non-cruise, SW859
for the cruise version. It is sometimes referred to as a multifunction
switch - however, when I called and asked about that, it seemed as
though the parts are NOT the same (MFS was much more expensive). Make
sure you specify turn signal switch (that also controls the tail
lights, headlights, etc).
In order to replace it, you need to remove the cover around the steering column - we couldn't get the lower part of the cover off and subsequently also had to pull the steering wheel (which also meant disabling the air bag), then remove the bad turn signal switch (which also controls the headlights, parking lights, tail lights, etc), pop in a new one, put everything back together (re-enabling the airbag) and then you can enjoy a life of dash lights and tail lights once again.
Posted on Nov 16, 2008
I have the same car and had the same problem, these cars are notorious for the head light switch to fail.
Posted on Nov 14, 2008
generally when the fuse is ok and the bulb is ok the problem is corrosion of the ground wire and connection to the frame, or corrosion in the bulb sockets. for starters go to any auto parts store and get an aerosol can of contact cleaner especially for auto bulbs and connections.
Posted on Aug 28, 2009
SOURCE: i have a 69 gto
I would trace that wire that feeds the brake lights, it appears that the wire may be broken or disconnected at some point.Find the colored wire and trace it all the way to the rear. You should be able to find the cause. Use a 12V test light to ground
Posted on Jun 08, 2011
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