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post #16 of 21 Old 03-21-2011, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by bigpapparose View Post
The turn signal, headlight, dash dimmer is steering wheel mounted of course. 90$ piece. Wasn't looking forward to buying it. Luckily, discount auto took the choice away from me by not having any in stock. Lol.
LOL! That sticker shock for a new switch was the same reason I left the parts store with just my old switch in hand and sprayed it with a can of non-residue contact cleaner when I got home, which fixed it.

Even with your column mounted switch, I wouldn't think you'd have to take the steering wheel off to get at it. Just get the the plastic cover off the column, find the switch and if you can see the dimmer contacts. Spray them with contact cleaner and see if that solves it.

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post #17 of 21 Old 03-21-2011, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, turns out I didn't have to take the steering wheel off, just the column cover. Didn't have any residue remover so that will be purchased after work tomorrow. Seems simple enough and the column was a breeze to remove. Probably made it easier that the dash was in the back seat.

Appreciate the info. Will try that first. If not, I'll prob have to order a new one and bite the bullet.

Yesterday was productive none the less. Oil change, fixed daylighters, radio short fixed, oil change. Not bad
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-21-2011, 06:29 PM
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before you get too far.

if the dimmer switch is dimming the odometer display, it is working as there is only one feed to the instrument cluster (based on my 01 FSM)

since this means that the prob is in the instrument cluster, you could hot wire 12 volts to the feed coming out of the cluster to the hvac controls. it would also back feed into the cluster and everything may light up. this is risky but meh, the cluster would be considered crap anyway at this point.

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post #19 of 21 Old 03-21-2011, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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I think hot-wiring anything is probably beyond my capabilities. I don't want to go ruining anything and cost myself more than I had to initially.

The odometer does dim correctly as the switch turns, which is why I'm baffled
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post #20 of 21 Old 03-21-2011, 09:00 PM
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Read this thread. It ended up being his multi-fuction switch.

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post #21 of 21 Old 03-22-2011, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks cuder.

That's pretty much how I mine is going to turn out. I'll prob need to by a headlight multifunction switch
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