1987 Oldsmobile 88 light switch

  • 1987 OLDSMOBILE 88
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • 142,000 MILES
The dimmer switch is stuck on bright and I want to replace but how do I get it off the column
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Saturday, February 28th, 2009 AT 2:15 PM

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If the vehicle is not equipped with an air bag, skip Step 1 and simply disconnect the negative battery cable. Also, disregard all instructions below related to air bags.

If equipped, disable the SIR system, as outlined in of this repair guide.
If not already done, disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the left side sound insulator.
Lower the steering column trim plate.
Remove the steering column-to-dash screws and lower the steering column.
Remove the inflation restraint (air bag module) and the combination switch assembly.
Position the ignition switch in the OFF-UNLOCKED position. With the cylinder removed, the rod is in LOCK when it is in the next to the uppermost detent; OFF-UNLOCKED is 2 detents from the top.
Remove the mounting screws and disconnect the electrical connectors. Remove the ignition switch assembly along with the dimmer switch.

To install:

Adjust the dimmer switch.
Install the dimmer switch and attach the mounting screws. Put the ignition switch in OFF-UNLOCKED position; make sure the lock cylinder and actuating rod are in OFF-UNLOCKED (third detent from the top) position.
Install the activating rod into the switch and assemble the switch on the column. Tighten the mounting screws.
Connect the electrical connections at the dimmer switch.
Install the combination switch and replace the air bag module.
Position the steering column in place and install the column mounting screws.
Install the column trim plate and replace the sound insulator.
If equipped with the SIR system, properly enable the system, as outlined in of this section.
If not already done, connect the negative battery cable, then check the turn signals for proper operation.

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Saturday, February 28th, 2009 AT 2:28 PM

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