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Dodge Dakota Headlamp Switch

Q. Vincent, We have a 1997 Dodge Dakota. This morning, I pulled the headlight control knob out and no headlights. Parking lights are working. Also, tried the high/low beam, still no headlights. My husband and I checked the fuse and it is good. My husband is pretty sure he needs to replace the headlight switch, but isn't sure how to get to it (removing the panel).

Dodge Dakota Headlamp Switch

We would greatly appreciate any help you can supply. I have a 1999 Honda CRV which we had to take into the shop yesterday, so we are running out of vehicles!!!! (Never fails)

Thanks,
Jane

A. Here is how to replace it Jane.

  1. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable. Wait ten minutes before starting work for the airbag capacitors to discharge.
  2. Remove the cluster bezel as described.
    WARNING: IF THE HEADLAMP SWITCH WAS TURNED ON, WAIT FIVE MINUTES TO ALLOW THE CERAMIC DIMMER RESISTOR TO COOL. IF THE RESISTOR IS NOT ALLOWED TO COOL, IT CAN BURN YOUR FINGERS.
  3. Remove the three screws that secure the headlamp switch bezel to the instrument panel.
  4. Pull the headlamp switch and bezel out from the instrument panel far enough to unplug the two wire harness connectors.
  5. Pull the headlamp switch control knob out to its ON position stop.
  6. Depress the headlamp switch knob and shaft release button on the top of the switch housing, and pull the switch knob and shaft out of the switch.
  7. Remove the push nut retainer that secures the headlamp switch bezel to the switch mounting bracket.
  8. Reverse the removal procedures to install. Tighten the headlamp switch mounting screws to 2.2 N.m (20 in. lbs.).
Dodge Dakota Headlamp Switch
Headlamp Switch And Bezel Remove/Install

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