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Old 07-15-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Replace or removing headlight switch

I'm new to the Airstream world. Have 1996 MH with Freightliner chasis. Dashboard cracked and piece fell off. Have every thing removed but can't figure how to get the headlight switch knob detached so switch can be removed. Is there a trick?
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Yes ---- on the back side of the dash plate, is a little button near the dash end of the switch that, when pressed all the way in, will release the headlight switch shaft to pull out.

It is probably the standard Ford switch from the 70-80's

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I'm new to the Airstream world. Have 1996 MH with Freightliner chasis. Dashboard cracked and piece fell off. Have every thing removed but can't figure how to get the headlight switch knob detached so switch can be removed. Is there a trick?
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:35 AM   #4
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Remove headligth knob

Oh, I thought I was supposed to be looking for spring loaded button on the backside of the knob. I had my finger on the button in your photo (and thanks for that) and was reluctant to press it until I knew the switch wouldn't detonate into a million pieces. Will take blank dash panel to engraver today. Then consult a guy I met when I needed motorcycle windshield cut down to see if he can handle the dust cover replacement for me. Thanks again.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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Headlisght switch remvoal

Like clockwork. Removed stem and knob from switch assembly and then loosened nut. Worked like a charm. Went to industrial engravers this morning and he's trying to match the burl pattern on the dashboard face. He seemed to be pretty close by the time I left. This evening I removed the dust cover and return to the engraver tomorrow so he can reproduce that item as well. Can anyone suggest a place where I can purchase the little plastic knobs on the back of the cluster that hold screws in place. Out of about a dozen screws I am left with only two white knurled button type knobs.
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