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Old 07-13-2009, 11:52 PM   #1
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Hi guys..........It seems my elec problem has come down to the head light switch. so what is the easy way to remove it? 1981.......thanks again...bryan.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:03 AM   #2
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Drop the steering column from the dash, not pull it out. Pull all the screws that hold the drivers side dash, and tip it out from the top.

Well, that's how I have to do my 69. I don't know how much yours differs from mine. I've done it a few times now. Buy a great, not just good, but a great headlight switch.
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I did the one on my 80 a while back and all I did is take off the small panel below the steering colum , if you have AC remove that pipe it attaches right there on the right of the colum and detaches from the right vent, reach up with your right hand , and there is a small spring loaded button you need to find, turn the switch on and push that little button and the light buttom will come out .Unscrew the nut and pull it out , then disconnect the wire plug , it's sounds hard but if you have the new switch just look at the spring button, it is keyed so it only goes in one way. Let us know how you make out, Ron
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can be done without to much effort - provided you have small hands

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can be done without to much effort - provided you have small hands

The service for my model year (79) calls to remove the two screws on the left side of the dash panel and pull it forward as well. I am going to have to change my light and dimmer switch. I'm sure it will be a pita.
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I've had the headlight on my '80 in and out several times, including last weekend. I didn't do anything with the steering column or dash. I just removed the air duct and can reach the switch directly.

The first step is to disconnect the ground cable on your battery.
Remove the drivers seat so you can lay on your back and look up under the dash.
Disconnect your vacuum lines from the switch. (I don't have vacuum lines on my switch.) Then find the little spring loaded metal **** shaft release button by the vacuum connectors. (The arrow points to the button which is really on the bottom of the switch. The switch is upside down on the right.)



Pull the **** out as though you were turning your headlights on and press the button to release the shaft from the switch.

Use a small screw driver in the slots of the headlight switch nut to remove the nut from the switch.

Unplug the headlight connector block from the top of the switch.
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thanks guys for the info. I freaked when i saw the dash coming rearward. Im going to go under the dash as mn discribed first. taking the seat out is a great idea as well. You guys replace these things frequently? gm' gotta get a better idea.......I just ordered one from an e-bay vender for $46 new......delivered. Let you know in a couple of days.......thanks.........bryan.:s eeya
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thanks guys for the info. I freaked when i saw the dash coming rearward. Im going to go under the dash as mn discribed first. taking the seat out is a great idea as well. You guys replace these things frequently? gm' gotta get a better idea.......I just ordered one from an e-bay vender for $46 new......delivered. Let you know in a couple of days.......thanks.........bryan.:s eeya
No, I don't replace the switch frequently. I replaced mine when I switched from vacuum to electric actuators. I had an electrical problem last weekend and removed the switch to check what was hot when. (Problem was an inline fuse I forgot about.) I also removed the switch for another in-dash electrical problem.

BTW, you may get by without removing the seat if you have a mirror and treble light on the floor to find the shaft button and see how to remove the connector block. You will definitely need to remove the air duct to get your hand up from the bottom. Pay attention to how it comes out and reverse the sequence when re-installing it.
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:51 PM   #9
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I'm going out to change the switch....., cover me....
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where can i get a new headlight switch for my 82? its acting up.
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where can i get a new headlight switch for my 82? its acting up.
Hi.......got mine on e-bay for cheep.
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:24 AM   #12
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After the dash redesign, 80-81-82, the switch was accessible from below- just like a normal car.
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...........Ok....I'm dumb.........you guys arn't going to beleive this one. So all the tests and advice I got ( not you guys, guys I know). said the reason the big red wire on the alt burned (fuse link) was because I charged the battery @15 a for 4 hrs (took a nap, A viable excuse) All things pointed to a bad light switch.......okay I replaced it easly. how ever, connecting the bat term still smoked the link. One guy said, (not you guys, guy. I know) .........check battery for a short +.......- . so i did. It is now backwards from -........+. know wonder it burns the alt fuse link. God I'm dumb. I'm going to switch batterys with the camaro and see if it's all good.........You may be reading about me in the paper.......film at eleven...,,,,,bubba (not my real name). Hey running man......Did you go on the cruise to monterey with the rest?
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If you reversed your battery, you may have allot of problems in the future. doesn't a 81 have a computer? i don't know the level of protections they designed into the car for this possibility, but it may not run.
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Yea..........burned the ign mod in the dist as well. All else seems to operate ok. I'll give it a bath and buff it . red fades so fast around here. But this new buffer is so much better than the old one I was using.......Way faster settings and lighter too. .......back later........bryan.
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