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Old 02-01-2005, 07:10 AM
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headlights won't turn off!!!

I was taking out the front of the dash in my 64 t-bird. to the left of the steering column there is the light switch which is pulled out to turn them on. I tryed unscrewing it because i need to take it off in order to get the panel off. However I cannot get it off, and now the lights are on and won't turn off, i had to disconnect the batter to shut them off. So question one.... how do i get it out?.. question two... what did i screw up in order to make them stay on?
any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks~
Eric

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Did you screw the switch back down? Sounds like when you push in the knob the switch is moving and the knob plunger isn't sliding the contacts! Why couldn't you get the switch off? I am not familiar with that specific switch but all the ones I have ever seen have a little button on the body of the switch that when pressed, allows the knob and actuating rod to be pulled out the front, freeing up the switch to drop out the back.

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Willy's36 sounds right on the problem with the inability to shut off the lights. Make sure it is tight in the dash. And the switches should have a button on the body behind the dash. You should reach up behind and find the button. It is either on the back or the side and depress the button and then pull the knob out. The mechanism that holds the shaft is released when the button is depressed. I did the same thing when trying to get a light switch out of my 72 GMC.
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Yup, pull the shaft to the headlights on position, then push the spring loaded button on the bottem and pull the shaft out

end of the shaft has a ring groove, the button spring and ball bearing stops the shaft from coming out

I do recommend you buy a new headlight switch if it is original. Long explanation why but when they are worn they pull alot of amps and the breaker strip doesn't always work=fire
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ok sounds good, i'll give it a try, things are warmin up so i should get t it this weekend. good tip, i have heard some other problems with fires in these cars
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