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Courtesy (Interior) light switches - quick fix

PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:20 am

I'm talking about the door switches which ground when the doors open & turn on the courtesy (interior) light on the dashboard.

It appears to me that the normal mode of failure for the courtesy light switches (which are identical to the headlight pod switches) is that the spade terminal fatigues & snaps off.

I have seen replacement switches from Sue Miller, Paul Matty & RD Enterprises & they all look the same:

Ray's Courtesy light switch
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Note that these have a bullet connection instead of a male spade terminal as per the original parts (on my car anyway.) In my experience that bullet connector is quite poorly made.

I cut the female spade terminal off the connecting wire & crimped on a bullet, but found that the bullet connector was not a good fit. Out of frustration I pulled the supplied bullet connector off & tried one of my bulk bullet connectors from AES - surprise it was a much better fit both ends to the harness & to the shaft of the switch..

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So if your terminal breaks off the switch, just use a bullet connector & a bullet terminal & use your original switch & save yourself some money. You also save time since you will not have to unscrew the original switch & have to figure out where all of those gaskets go.

:idea: Use that time & money & have yourself a beer on me!
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:12 am

Nice! Thanks!

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PostPost by: alan » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:54 am

on my sprint the original are bullet and on my +2s :mrgreen:
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