How to Remove and Replace Headlight Switch?
It is always a thrilling matter to be able to replace any part of your vehicle with a new one. Like every other part, the headlight switch needs removal and replacing if the previous one gets faulty.
As a newbie, you may think it is somewhat a complex project to do. However, the process is pretty easy and quick that you can complete in your garage.
Instead of spending some money behind the mechanic, how about you learn how to remove a headlight switch and do it yourself every time.
We have added step-by-step guides to make it more understandable to you. So, without any procrastinating, let’s get into the main topics.
The Headlight Switch Removal Process
Table of Contents
- The Headlight Switch Removal Process
- Removing Headlight Switch on a Toyota Camry 2007-11
- Frequently Asked Questions
Keep in mind that the procedure of changing your headlight switch can be different based on the model of your vehicle. However, the steps that we mentioned below are appliable to most of them.
If you want to replace it with a new headlight switch, check the following steps.
Removing Headlight Switch on a Toyota Camry 2007-11
The reinstallation process of a headlight switch is almost like reversing all the steps above.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you change the headlight switch?
The headlight switch can be easily changed by removing the headlight assembly and then unscrewing the old switch. Make sure you have a spare set of headlight bulbs, as you’ll need to install them after replacing the switch.
How do I know if my headlight switch is bad?
You can check for a bad headlight switch by looking at the headlights. If the switch is worn out, the headlights will no longer turn on or off. In addition, you should always get your car inspected if it has been parked for a long time.
Besides that, you can check if your headlight switch is bad by testing it with a multimeter. If it fails to turn on, then the headlight switch is bad. If it works, then your headlight switch is fine.
What causes headlights to turn off while driving?
In most cases, when you stop for the night, the headlights of your vehicle automatically switch off. This is because the vehicle’s engine runs off the main battery, which stores the electricity needed to light up the headlight. When you start moving again, the headlight automatically switches back on.
However, there are several instances where headlights do not automatically switch on and off, especially during winter. If the headlights of your vehicle don't turn on or off when you start or stop, then it's best to check the following issues:
- Check the fuse in the tail lamp.
- Ensure that the fuses for the headlights and turn signals are not blown.
- Check if the car has been plugged into the outlet continuously for over 10 hours.
- Check if the battery of the vehicle is fully charged.
- Make sure that the vehicle is in good working condition.
How do you check headlights with a multimeter?
You can check headlights with a multimeter, if they have LEDs or halogens as bulbs. If the bulb has a filament, then you will need a tester to check the continuity. Make sure that you don't touch the bulb or the sockets, since they could be damaged and cause a short circuit.
When separating or tacking something on any vehicle part, never use too much force without enough knowledge of the matter. The part can break or malfunction, and you may have to spend a lot on the repair cost. The same applies when replacing headlight switches.
Aside from that, we also recommend removing the headlight switch knob to either check or replace it occasionally.