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280Z High Beam Switch Repair

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On the 1978 280Z:

I would like to clean the headlamp dimmer switch contacts.  I think they are dirty or fouled, and the low headlamps aren't very bright.  Maybe the ground connection from the switch needs improvement.

Yes, I checked the voltages at the headlamp connectors, which are full battery voltage. I also cleaned the connections under the steering column, and most other terminals or connectors.

Can you take off the turn signal switch from the steering column without removing the steering wheel? 

If I need to, I could get a new switch, but I have time over the winter to try cleaning it first.

 

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I was just into this area of my 77 (same as 78), and after being in there...

On ‎9‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 10:21 AM, TomoHawk said:

Can you take off the turn signal switch from the steering column without removing the steering wheel? 

I would say "Yes, but I think it will be a pain in the butt". Getting to the hardware is possible, but finicky. And I worry about damaging the springy horn contact.

With pulling the steering wheel being so easy, I would just remove it. It's just so much easier.

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I'm pretty sure the switch assembly is two parts, with one part being a clamping mechanism.  Two screws hold it together.  I have a spare in the garage, from a 78.

I think that you could unplug the switch and ground the head lamp wires directly, to see if they get brighter.  If they don't get brighter then cleaning the switch won't help.

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