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Unread 03-13-2013, 01:00 AM   #1
ChopperX
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Replaced headlight dimmer switch but problem still exists

I replaced my headlight dimmer panel switch today to try and fix the dash light flickering issue and the problem still happens. I did however buy the part off eBay and it is used for $26.

Do you think it's bad luck and the newly aquirred used part is also bad? Should I spend the extra money for a newer remanufactured part or it's it a relay or fuse? Would a relay or fuse cause the flickering issue?

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Unread 03-13-2013, 03:29 AM   #2
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Give the following a try: Repairing headlight switch that causes dimming issues *picture heavy*

I did it to mine and it works great again.
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Unread 03-13-2013, 07:22 AM   #3
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While you're in there spray some contact cleaner in the sliding potentiometer and move it up and down a couple times and spray it again. Repeat two or three times, just to get all the crap out of there. That's what helped mine out. Chances are your old one was in perfect condition and you could put either in after cleaning and resoldering them. Or clean and repair one, swap it in, clean and repair the other, and then resell it. Profit!!
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Unread 03-13-2013, 12:27 PM   #4
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I've never soldered anything before. Is it hard to do?
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Unread 03-13-2013, 03:57 PM   #5
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If you are following the steps in the link from my previous reply, then not it is not hard at all.

Just make sure you have a soldering iron that would go hot enough.
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Unread 03-13-2013, 04:55 PM   #6
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I just did this fix last weekend. It's pretty easy, just pull it out and pull the white panel off and touch up the solders. The last 5 joints on mine were cracked. Just heat them up with your iron until they melt. I added a little extra for fun. Don't worry, it's easy and very satisfying!
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Unread 03-15-2013, 09:21 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ElkhornRanch View Post
I just did this fix last weekend. It's pretty easy, just pull it out and pull the white panel off and touch up the solders. The last 5 joints on mine were cracked. Just heat them up with your iron until they melt. I added a little extra for fun. Don't worry, it's easy and very satisfying!
That is a good idea, I did that too but forgot to mention it earlier.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 03:06 AM   #8
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I followed the same instructions and it instantly solved the flickering issue
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