Light Switch Harness

Kneale Brownson kneale at
Tue Jun 6 14:06:09 EDT 2006

I seem to recall the connector will come apart if you spread its sides
slightly with a small screwdriver.   The different colors of plastic
indicate what parts go together.   The wire ends  will just fall out then,
if my memory isn't totally shot.  

At 10:46 AM 6/6/2006 -0700, Derek Pulvino wrote:
>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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