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    Removing and refitting headlight switch in dash?

    Hi guys,

    Something that bugged me for months since I bought the car was the fact that soft rubber facia on all buttons has been a little scratched, due to the previous owner being a lady with long nails

    Anyhoo, finally found a second hand light switch off eBay in great condition and got it through the post today.

    Now how do I remove the last one and install this one???

    Many thanks!

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    Could I buy your old one off you? Mine puts the front fogs on all the time........ Believe that you push the switch in to remove it but not done it yet

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    IIRC to remove the headlight switch you grab the switch lever and turn it anti clockwise and give it a real good tug and it just pops out, seem to remember reading on here its just clipped in but its tight.

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    I actually read the above, but will give it more thought and time lol!

    SiGainey, sure buddy. It comes with the whole facia, so the square-ish bit with the dimmer for the dials as well... interested?

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    Cheers fella, PM'd you

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    No worries chap, replied

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    I tried removing mine because a few of the bulbs seemed to be dead behind the switch. The cable was very tight and it was difficult to get it out. I found it a lot easier to open the fuse panel and unscrew it so you can get at the back of the switch from the side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wibble111 View Post
    IIRC to remove the headlight switch you grab the switch lever and turn it anti clockwise and give it a real good tug and it just pops out, seem to remember reading on here its just clipped in but its tight.
    Almost, you grab the switch lever, push it inwards(it's spring loaded), then twist anti clockwise, you will feel you are tugging on something, then pull the whole unit out.


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    Joe, is that the entire facia or just the actual switch that you turn? I want the whole black plastic part out that sits in the dash, not just the switch...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD09 View Post
    Joe, is that the entire facia or just the actual switch that you turn? I want the whole black plastic part out that sits in the dash, not just the switch...?
    The whole switch and surround(facia?), complete square bit comes out.


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    All done! Although it would have been much easier had I tried to turn it CLOCKWISE in the first place! Was struggling for ages, pushing it in, turning it and then pulling and it just wouldn't shift! But clockwise it is, by about 5 degrees and it came out easy peasey!

    Thanks to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD09 View Post
    All done! Although it would have been much easier had I tried to turn it CLOCKWISE in the first place! Was struggling for ages, pushing it in, turning it and then pulling and it just wouldn't shift! But clockwise it is, by about 5 degrees and it came out easy peasey!

    Thanks to all!
    Well, it was one way or the other.


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    Lol, true!

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    OK, I CANNOT get this out without taking a hammer to it haha Got the square bit off, pushed the headlight lever, push it in, turn it right about 10 degrees, it stays in but pulling it will not remove it from the dash! I've wiggled it a bit, can get my hands to the right and back of the switch but it just wont come out!!!!!! Any ideas?
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    Have you unplugged it Si?

    When you say you've got the square bit off... what do you mean?

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    Hi, no not unplugged it


    Shows where I am at. All ideas apreciated
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    Hmm?

    Haynes says: "With the light in position 0, press the switch inwards and turn it slightly to the right. Hold this position and pull the complete switch assembly from the dash."

    So you are doing the right thing, so I'd say that one of the black plastic tabs which should retract when you do the above has broken and is wedging the switch in place. I'd guess you'd need to take the lower dash out and try to push the switch out from behind? It is only held in with some very small (matter of mm's) tabs and if you are replacing the switch anyway...
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    OK, finally sorted this out - the best thing to do when the securing tang won't release, is to pop the cover off the fuse box (right by the headlight switch) and then remove all the T25 screws which will allow you to get your hand in and feel where the bit is that doesn't move... All sorted now - fully working headlights and fogs woohoo!
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    Any of you guys got a part number for this? I would love to change mine!

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    Hope this little video helps anyone who is trying to remove the switch:

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    ^^Now that's a knackered switch!


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    It's on the list of things to replace!!! Funds are getting low though!
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    This is why I love this forum - someone always has the answers to my questions! The bulb behind my light switch has just started flickering and so needs replacing. Really bugs me, so I'll be removing my switch sometime soon. Thanks chaps.

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    I know this is a REALLY old thread but i was going to as the same question so thought it would be silly to make a new thread..

    I've been trying to get my light switch out but mine doesn't seem to push in like mentioned above ....

    Is there a different method with a 2001 a3 ?
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    I really doubt it's different m8, just keep on trying as you turn it from off to sidelights, try pushing the rial in
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiGainey View Post
    I really doubt it's different m8, just keep on trying as you turn it from off to sidelights, try pushing the rial in
    I've tried that mate, but it doesn't push in

    From reading the post and watching the video, it looks like the knob should be spring loaded but mine isn't.
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    A mate of mine had a 2001 A3 and his was exactly the same.

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    Thanks guys .......

    I gave it a really good push today and it is spring loaded. I still didn't manage to get tit out but don't think it will be a problem now
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