Light Switch Harness

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Tue Jun 6 14:33:52 EDT 2006

> From: "Derek Pulvino" <dbpulvino at>
> Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 10:46:56 -0700
> To: kneale at, 200q20v at
> Subject: Re: Light Switch Harness
> 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?
No. Requires a thin flat blade. Try R.Shack, as used to release wire trap
> 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.
Fix the lights? Install HL relays, even if running stock lighting.

E-brake problem may be frozen cables. BTDT, a bigger PITA than overhauling
rear calipers.

> Derek P
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>> 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
>> connectors?
>> 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
>> where
>>> 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
>> and
>>> 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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