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When I turn the head lights switch/knob on my 1998 VW Cabrio, my head lights do not turn on, instead, the Brake and ABS indicators on the dash board come on, even though the imergency brakes are released. Is this problem related to the ignition switch? if, how can I remove the ignition switch from the steering column?

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Couple of things. If your light switch in mounted on the column possibly the column itself and not so much the ignition switch (is located near the base of the colum) you will need to pull the panels off underneath the column that cover it. But I would check the headlight fuse first (are your interior lights coming on too?) if they are not check the fuse first. It they are and just no park.headlights you may have a short in the column if the headlight switch is forcing your ABS ind. to come on. Check the fuse first its the easiest the start to remove panels for other issues . If for some reason the ign. switch is bad it would be $20-$60 and is just a plug and play deal but doesnt control the headlights as they will come on wether the ign switch is on/off...

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4. Glove box light
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13. Radiator cooling fan
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17. Open
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