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PostSubject: removing the headlamp switch   Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:03 pm

Does anybody know how to remove the Headlamp switch from the dash fascia on a 96 Riv? I think it turns counter clockwise, but this thing seems like it's "locked" in some way and I don't want to use too much force in fear that I might break the dash or switch. Any advice would be welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: removing the headlamp switch   Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:06 pm

I assume you have the entire dash faceplate off already?
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PostSubject: Re: removing the headlamp switch   Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:36 pm

Yes. I want to use the switch with the dash off in order to check the lights in a another radio so they can be replaced before I install it. I'd rather not struggle with the dash to do that.
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PostSubject: Re: removing the headlamp switch   Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:51 pm

It does, in fact, just twist out. Which way, I can't remember. You may have to apply a little more force than you want to get it to move....
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PostSubject: Re: removing the headlamp switch   Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:59 pm

No lock, ea? Okay, thanks for the advice.
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PostSubject: Re: removing the headlamp switch   Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:05 pm

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No lock, ea? Okay, thanks for the advice.


Not that I can remember. AND, I looked it up in Service Information. All it says is "twist"

Headlamp Switch Replacement (Buick)
Removal Procedure
 1. Remove the instrument panel (IP) cluster trim panel. Refer to Instrument Cluster Trim Panel Replacement in Instrument Panel, Gauges and Console.
 2. Disconnect the headlamp switch electrical connector.
 3. Twist the switch in order to remove the switch from the trim panel.
Installation Procedure
 1. Install the headlamp switch on to the trim panel.
 2. Connect the electrical connectors.
 3. Install the instrument panel (IP) cluster trim panel. Refer to Instrument Cluster Trim Panel Replacement in Instrument Panel, Gauges and Console.
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PostSubject: Re: removing the headlamp switch   Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:16 pm

I can't remember which way it twists either, but I believe it is CCW facing the back side of the dash bezel.

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PostSubject: Re: removing the headlamp switch   Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:59 pm

Thanks, guys. After looking at it, one can see the switch IS locked. There are 3 keys on the dash that drop into slots on the switch. Evidently, the trick is to push the switch in, against the dash, compressing the foam rubber gasket, and THEN turn it CCW about 15 degrees. Presto!

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