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Unread 03-26-2012, 02:14 PM   #46
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Just finished mine... worked like a charm. I would add a little bit of solder to each point instead of just "re-heating" them. If you can handle an iron carefully, do it.

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Unread 03-26-2012, 02:51 PM   #47
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Just finished mine... worked like a charm. I would add a little bit of solder to each point instead of just "re-heating" them. If you can handle an iron carefully, do it.
That's what I had to do. With mine I just added to the back side I didn't do any with the front by that little box.
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Unread 03-27-2012, 10:33 AM   #48
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That's what I had to do. With mine I just added to the back side I didn't do any with the front by that little box.
Why didn't you add any there? I don't know the technical specs, but that seems like a very, if not the most important part of the switch.
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Unread 03-27-2012, 02:38 PM   #49
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Thanks to the OP , nice write-up . I need this done on the 5.9 , drives me insane when I do get a chance to steal it from the wife . I also know just the person for the job . He's visiting this weekend . It will be on the bench waiting for him
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Unread 04-01-2012, 09:46 PM   #50
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Thx Sniperdude!!

I never soldered anything before, but I think I fixed the issue with my dashboard lights flickering on and off by following the instructions on this thread. Time will tell as this was an intermittent problem and I have not been using the Auto headlight mode. I did break the plastic dimmer button in two pieces but I was able to glue it back together.

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Unread 04-09-2012, 02:42 PM   #51
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If you have the problem with the VIC saying coolant sensor is bad, or random things that don't make sense, this same principle of repair applies to that as well.

You just need to take it out and resolder all the joints.
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Unread 04-22-2012, 08:50 PM   #52
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Thanks for the write-up

Thanks for putting the illustrated write-up on the site for people to use. It's a fine gesture. I finally got around to doing the job after waiting to get set of trim tools in order to remove the bezels, etc., before making the repair. I got a set of nylon tools from the Chinese Connection...er...Harbor Freight, for around $10.00. They worked. Definitely removing the trim was the biggest hassle, but next time it'll be easier. Everything seems to be working fine after dealing with the intermittent flashing dash for the last two years. Thanks again.
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Unread 05-04-2012, 08:59 AM   #53
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Thx Sniperdude!!

I never soldered anything before, but I think I fixed the issue with my dashboard lights flickering on and off by following the instructions on this thread. Time will tell as this was an intermittent problem and I have not been using the Auto headlight mode. I did break the plastic dimmer button in two pieces but I was able to glue it back together.

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Update. Over 1 month later, no flickering of interior lights. Thx again for posting this fix!
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Unread 05-04-2012, 12:17 PM   #54
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I just have to chime in that I did this and it completely fixed the issue. Thank you so much OP!!!
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Unread 05-04-2012, 12:22 PM   #55
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Great write up. I just did mine and noticed another issue. The sliding dimmer switch is made with a 2 piece metal housing. The tabs that are bent down to hold it together werent all bent down properly. Evidently it caused the slider not to make good contact ( internally) at times. I bent them down with a pair of needlenose pliers and all the issues of dimming dash lights went away. I did, however find what looked to be a cold solder joint on one of the boards too.
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Unread 05-04-2012, 03:00 PM   #56
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Well hot dog. I was going to go pull a switch from a junk yard. I'll try this now. Thanks!
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Unread 05-10-2012, 05:15 AM   #57
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Did it the other day and works perfectly. Thanks!
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Unread 05-10-2012, 06:49 AM   #58
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I did it too. Works great. Thanks.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 10:01 AM   #59
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I did this 2-14-10 and mine is still working just like it is supposed to. Just so you know it isn't a quick fix, it lasts long term.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:18 AM   #60
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What a great fix. Anyone know if it works the same for an on again off again sunroof switch?
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