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Old 02-15-2006, 14:01   #1 (permalink)
SquidInk
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2002 headlight switch knob removal

I want to remove the dash gauge cluster from my 2002 V6 Mustang ragtop but I
can't get the headlight switch knob off. The aftermarket manual I have says
to use a small screwdriver to press the tab in the slot of the knob shaft
and pull; and there is a slot in the knob shaft with a visible metal tab;
but I have tried unsuccessfully on several occasions to get the knob off. I
have pushed that little metal tab forward, backwards, in, out, down and even
tried pulling on it with forceps, but the knob won't budge. Is there a
trick to getting this darn thing off? Any tips?

Thanks - Squidly


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Old 02-15-2006, 16:03   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 headlight switch knob removal

I cannot remember 'exactly' how I got it off but I did. Inside the slot,
there is a little clip that sits in a groove. You have to move the clip so
it is not sitting in the groove so that you can slide off the knob. Once
you get it off, you will easily see how it works.
If I remember correctly, I used a tiny screwdriver and moved the clip back
towards the nose of the car while pulling on the knob. It's very tiny and
very hard to see how it works while the knob is on. It's a spring clip.

Sorry I cannot be more helpful than that.

"SquidInk" <wakeme@noon.com> wrote in message
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> I want to remove the dash gauge cluster from my 2002 V6 Mustang ragtop but

I
> can't get the headlight switch knob off. The aftermarket manual I have

says
> to use a small screwdriver to press the tab in the slot of the knob shaft
> and pull; and there is a slot in the knob shaft with a visible metal tab;
> but I have tried unsuccessfully on several occasions to get the knob off.

I
> have pushed that little metal tab forward, backwards, in, out, down and

even
> tried pulling on it with forceps, but the knob won't budge. Is there a
> trick to getting this darn thing off? Any tips?
>
> Thanks - Squidly
>
>



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Old 02-15-2006, 16:03   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 headlight switch knob removal

On Wed, 15 Feb 2006 12:37:23 -0800, "SquidInk" <wakeme@noon.com>
wrote:

>I want to remove the dash gauge cluster from my 2002 V6 Mustang ragtop but I
>can't get the headlight switch knob off. The aftermarket manual I have says
>to use a small screwdriver to press the tab in the slot of the knob shaft
>and pull; and there is a slot in the knob shaft with a visible metal tab;
>but I have tried unsuccessfully on several occasions to get the knob off. I
>have pushed that little metal tab forward, backwards, in, out, down and even
>tried pulling on it with forceps, but the knob won't budge. Is there a
>trick to getting this darn thing off? Any tips?
>
>Thanks - Squidly


Try the button on the switch. A small button on the switch behind the
face plate will allow you to remove the whole rod from the switch. You
have to pull the rod out until the button depresses and then you can
pull it out.

The lights will be on so you may want to disconnect the battery or
gently push the switch rod in until the lights go out without locking
the rod back in place.

...Ron
--
68'RS Camaro
88'Formula
00'GT Mustang
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Old 02-15-2006, 19:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 headlight switch knob removal

"Robert A. Plourde Jr." <noone@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>I cannot remember 'exactly' how I got it off but I did. Inside the slot,
> there is a little clip that sits in a groove. You have to move the clip
> so
> it is not sitting in the groove so that you can slide off the knob. Once
> you get it off, you will easily see how it works.
> If I remember correctly, I used a tiny screwdriver and moved the clip back
> towards the nose of the car while pulling on the knob. It's very tiny and
> very hard to see how it works while the knob is on. It's a spring clip.


That worked. Thanks! What a PITA that was.


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