Question about 1998 Dodge Dakota
The switch on the steering column is just the dimmer control for the headlights low and high beam settings, the switch that should have changed and the connector to it inspected for heat damage (and replaced in most cases) is the main headlight switch in the dash panel to the left of the steering wheel, this switch gets hot and the contacts on the switch and wire connector contacts to it overheat and cause the headlights to go out. This is a Very common problem with this design switch, it was corrected in 1999 with a newer design dial type switch. The headlight switch is cheap and easy to replace, to remove the knob and rod reach up on the back top of the switch and push the little button there, while pulling out on the rod, the rod will come out, the headlight switch is held in the dash with a nut over the threaded tube the headlight knob and rod go into. Replace the switch and the connector as one repair, if the connector is heat damaged and you just replace the switch the new switch will overheat and fail again within a short period of time, when you replace the connector cut ONE wire at a time, solder the connector on and use heat shrink tube to seal the connection, do not use electrical tape, the wires do get hot and the tape will come off, allot of current flows through the switch and if the hot leads short out you could have an electrical fire, take your time and do it right. The headlight switch is available in the aftermarket as well as the repair connector, but if you can't find a repair connector the dealer can supply one. My parts prices come from www.rockauto.com If you wish to buy from rockauto they send me discount codes because I am a regular customer, I have no affiliation with them just trying to save you money.
Use this discount code, enter it where it says "How did you hear about us" box.
Here is the part number for the headlight switch
STANDARD MOTOR PRODUCTS Part # DS741T $9.78
Here is the part number for the headlight switch repair connector
AIRTEX / WELLS Part # 1P1190 $23.79
Posted on Mar 17, 2011
Replace light switch
Posted on Mar 17, 2011
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