Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: West Lafayette IN
Dash lights flickering? Easy Free Fix!
So my dash lights started to flicker last year, which wasn't a problem cause the trans went out on the same day along with the exhaust... So finally got the thing driving again and the lights flickering was driving me crazy and I was not going to spend over $50 on a new headlight switch. So I tore into it and figured out it is really EASY to fix. Sorry if this has already been posted, I've only been told to buy a new switch assembly and never heard of anyone trying to fix it.
Phillips head screwdriver
Step 1) Pull out the head light switch assembly (have to remove some trim work to get it all the way out)
Step 2) Look at the back of the switch box and there should be a white plastic cover being held on by 2 screws, take if off.
Step 3) You will see there is a line of soldered contacts paraelle to the plug on the side of the circuit board. Inspect these, this is where my problem was. Also look for any signs of crosion and clean it up with rubbing alcohol.
Step 4) The bottom contact (as if it was in the car) solder will be cracked and possibly another one. I have to wear reading glasses and I could see the cracks without my glasses. I am almost positive its the ground connection but it is really easy to spot because since it was arcing so much, it has changed the color metal so its no longer chrome looking.
Step 5) Take the soldering iron and heat up the connection so the solder remelts, I added some fresh solder into the joint as well. I did all the connections for safe keeping.
Step 6) Reassemble and install
Step 7) Crack open a beer cause you just saved yourself a few cases.
Sorry I don't have any pictures, my camera is on the fritz.