Light Switch Harness

Derek Pulvino dbpulvino at
Tue Jun 6 13:46:56 EDT 2006

I got a new connector from Scott, who I think sourced from the dealer.  He 
also supplied a new lead with a connector on each side...which I'm guessing 
I'll have to cut in half and splice into the existing loom for the switches.

The other thing I'm wondering about is how I will get the wires out of the 
old connector...bic pen to depress the retainer tabs?

Right now is just down/maintenance time for the car as I was lucky enough to 
be able to borrow a power steering hose (huge pia!), new 
thermostat and coolant system flush, fix the lights, and finally recondition 
the rear calipers so I can have an e-brake again.

Derek P

"Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, it doesn't go away."  
from "Valis," by Phillip K. Dick

>From: Kneale Brownson <kneale at>
>To: "Derek Pulvino" <dbpulvino at>,200q20v at
>Subject: Re: Light Switch Harness
>Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 13:33:39 -0400
>No secret retainers for the light switch harness connectors.  I use a
>flat-bladed screwdriver that has a 90-degree bend in its shank so I have
>something to push with.  Where did you find a "new harness" with new
>While you have the connector off, take a piece of emery cloth and clean up
>the male contacts on the back of the switch.  If you've had connector
>plastic melting, the contacts will be contaminated with the plastic.
>At 09:47 AM 6/6/2006 -0700, Derek Pulvino wrote:
> >Gang,
> >
> >I bought a new harness for the wiring cluster on the steering column 
> >the lights plug in.  Hopes are that replacing this and the wires running
> >to/from the low/high beam switch will cure my intermitent low beam loss.
> >
> >Last time I dug in there, I remember trying to push pretty hard to try 
> >get the harness off, but that it wouldn't budge.  Anybody with hints on
> >this?  I don't think there's any tabs I need to release to remove the
> >harness, are there?

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