GM Cavalier/Sunbird/Skyhawk/Firenza 1982-1994

Headlight Switch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1982-90 All Cavalier
EXCEPT 1985-87 CAVALIER TYPE 10, 1988 RS/ Z24, 1989-90 Z24

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Pull the knob out fully, remove the knob from the rod by depressing the retaining clip from the underside the knob.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Headlamp switch installation - 1982-90 Cavalier with base instrument panel

  1. Remove the trimplate.
  2.  
  3. Remove the switch by removing the nut, rotating the switch 180°, then tilting forward and and pulling out. Disconnect the wire harness.
  4.  
  5. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  6.  

1985-87 CAVALIER TYPE 10, 1988 RS/Z24 AND 1989-90 Z24

See Figure 2

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Pull out the left pad trim plate.
  4.  
  5. Unfasten the 2 screws securing the switch to the trim plate.
  6.  
  7. Detach the headlight switch electrical connection and remove the switch.
  8.  



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Fig. Fig. 2: Headlamp switch removal and installation - 1985-87 Cavalier Type 10, 1988 RS and Z24 and 1989-90 Z24

To install:
  1. Attach the switch electrical connector.
  2.  
  3. Fasten the 2 screws securing the switch to the trim plate.
  4.  
  5. Install the left pad trim plate.
  6.  
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8.  

1991-94 Cavalier

On these models the headlamp/parking lamp switch is a rotating switch, located on the left steering column lever, or multi-function lever, along with the cruise control and turn signal switch. Please refer to the Turn Signal Switch removal procedure in Suspension & Steering .

1982-88 J2000, 2000 and Sunbird and Cimarron
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Pull the knob out fully, remove the knob from the rod by depressing the retaining clip from the underside the knob.
  4.  
  5. Remove the trimplate.
  6.  
  7. Remove the switch by removing the nut, rotating the switch 180°, then tilting forward and and pulling out. Disconnect the wire harness.
  8.  
  9. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  10.  

Firenza, Skyhawk and 1989-94 Sunbird

See Figures 3, 4 and 5

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Pull out the left pad trim plate.
  4.  
  5. Unfasten the screws securing the switch to the trim plate.
  6.  
  7. Detach the switch electrical connection and remove the switch.
  8.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: Headlamp switch removal and installation - 1982-85 Firenza and Skyhawk



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Fig. Fig. 4: Removing the headlamp switch - 1986-88 Firenza and 1986-89 Skyhawk



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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the headlamp switch assembly - 1989-94 Sunbird shown

To install:
  1. Attach the switch electrical connector.
  2.  
  3. Fasten the screws securing the switch to the trim plate.
  4.  
  5. Install the left pad trim plate.
  6.  
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8.  

 
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