GM Grand Am/Achieva/Calais/Skylark/Somerset 1985-98

Headlight Switch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1985-91 Vehicles

See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cluster trim, instrument panel trim or headlight switch trim screws, as required.
  4.  
  5. Unfasten the headlight switch attaching screws.
  6.  
  7. Pull the switch out, unplug the connectors, then remove the switch assembly.
  8.  
  9. The installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  10.  
  11. Connect the negative battery cable and check the headlight switch for proper operation.
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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the headlight switch assembly on a 1988-1991 Grand Am



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the one screw under the headlight switch ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... and extract the unit from the dash

1992-98 Vehicles

See Figure 4

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Fig. Fig. 4:

The headlight, turnsignal, cruise control and hazard switch is all in one switch on the 1992-98 models.


CAUTION
Some models covered by this information may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in this section.

  1. If equipped, disable the SIR system as outlined earlier in this section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. On models without a airbag, remove the horn pad and the steering wheel. For details, please refer to Suspension & Steering of this information.
  6.  
  7. On models with an airbag, remove the inflator module and steering wheel. Refer to Suspension & Steering for details.
  8.  
  9. If applicable, remove the tilt lever from the column. If necessary, use locking pliers with a piece of rubber (such as a spark plug boot) between the jaws to help prevent damage to the tilt lever during removal.
  10.  
  11. Remove the upper and lower steering column covers, then extract the dampener assembly.
  12.  
  13. Detach and remove the headlight switch assembly.
  14.  
  15. The installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  16.  
  17. Connect the negative battery cable, the check the headlights for proper operation.
  18.  

 
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