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    I GOTTA ASK .MY HEAD LIGHTS.HIGH BEAMS ALL WORK FINE,ALONG WITH MY DOME LIGHT.MY PROBLEM IS THE DASH LIGHTS DO NOT LIGHT UP.THE HEADLAMP SWITCH DOES NOT CLIC TO TURN ON THE INTERIOR DASH LIGHTS.I DID ORDER A NEW HEADLIGHT SWITCH AND THE LOOKED UNDER THE DASH THINKING AN EASY INSTAL.MY GOD WHY DO THEY MAKE EVERYTHING SO HARD ON THIS CAR?HOW IN THE WORLD DO I REMOVE AND REPLACE THE HEADLAMP SWITCH?ANY SIMPLE SOLUTIONS?NICK

  • #2
    RE: HEADLIGHT SWITCH

    It is not the easiest procedure to remove the headlight switch. It is hard to maneuver it out of the dash aand there are a lot of wires attached to it. You first must push the knob all the way in. Then reach under the dash and push the small spring-loaded button on the right side of the body of the switch. At the same time pull out the knob. Now you can use a screwdriver to remove the bezel of the switch which hold it in the dash. The fun part then is pulling the switch out from under the dash, replacing it, reconnecting the wires and then getting it back into place.

    http://www.rockauto.com/ref/Motorcraft/sw-295.gif

    Alexander
    1959 Hardtop
    1960 Golde Top
    Alexander
    1959 Hard Top
    1960 Golde Top
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    • #3
      RE: HEADLIGHT SWITCH

      I would add that you really ought to first disconnect the positive lead to the battery as the switch has hot leads to it and your
      dash area is well grounded so a short is easy to cause.

      it is most likely that the rheostat coil in your switch has
      burned out, causing your dash lights to fail. If you don't want to buy a new switch, you can fairly easily solder a jumper wire around the rheostat. Your dash lights will work fine, although you will no longer be able to vary their intensity (a feature I have always considered fairly worthless).

      John
      58 Hardtop
      [http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...ryNumber=8452]
      1958 Hardtop
      #8452 TBird Registry
      http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


      photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
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      • #4
        RE: HEADLIGHT SWITCH

        Also check the fuse that is at the back of the switch.

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        • #5
          RE: HEADLIGHT SWITCH

          >Also check the fuse that is at the back of the switch.


          i have the same problem on my 60 bird..where is the fuse....it it too under the dash???


          mm
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          1960 TBird Hardtop. "Z" Color Reg #26178

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          • #6
            RE: HEADLIGHT SWITCH

            Look at the picture Alexander posted above at about thr 5 o'clock position. The 2 glass cylindrical fuses are located at the back of the switch.

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            • #7
              RE: HEADLIGHT SWITCH

              Thank you but i found out today the Reostat is bad and have to get whole new peice. Can you recommend who to get this from??
              mark

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              • #8
                RE: HEADLIGHT SWITCH

                Usually there is at least one on Ebay. Currently there are two - for example:

                [http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1958-...pagenameZWDVW]


                1958 Hardtop
                #8452 TBird Registry
                http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


                photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
                history:
                http://www.squarebirds.org/users/johng/OCC.htm

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