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How do I remove and replace the headlight dimmer switch in the steering column? It has become too sensative and goes to bright lights on it's own.

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The headlamp switch is retained to the instrument panel by a tabs which are located on the switch. This procedure must be followed exactly or damage to the switch and/or instrument panel will occur. This procedure releases (lowers the tabs into the switch body) so that the switch can be puled out.

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Rotate the knob counterclockwise until the knob points to the OFF position then rotate the knob clockwise one full turn.

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detach the electrical connectors from the switch

Good luck.

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