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Shorting wiring in dash

Car would not start. checked battery-good. repositioned cables-engine started. wanted to check charging rate so attempted to turn dash lights on. switch pushed into dash and engine died. moving now loose switch causes various actions. In one position engine starts and runs. moving headlight switch causes engine to die. also door locks will click when moving light switch. various dash lights will momentarily come on.
Question-how does dash come apart? There are so many brackets and electric modules in dash that I can not put my hand up to push switch back in place.

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Lower plastics on dashboard give you better access when removed. Slso through the gloce co,partment when removed.you really don't want to remove the dashboard when you have all this cross action going on.It definately sounds like your battery isn't capable of supporting yourlights if the engine dies when geadkights com on. or supply any ithe load sources.. No doubt the switch needs to go back in , but thre initial suspect is the alt. good luck

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Check along bottom edge of dash cover for screws, sometimes there are a few at the top as well...generally once they are removed the dash face will pop off with moderate pulling. Once off, you can access the light switch easily. (you may need to remove the lower cover to locate dash screws)

Posted on May 28, 2009

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