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Headlight dimmer switch gone bad have replacement.how do I start?

Lights work on day running lights but go out when switch to regular lights and forget bright. She has 376,000mi.time for a few bugs. I have the new part..got it for Valentines day .What do I have to do> Thanks in Advance!

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If you have tilt, tilt the wheel down. Pull the trim plate from around the instrument panel. Remove the screws that hold the switch in.(should be 7mm.)

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