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WD light switch removal?

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James (MO)

03-20-2002 12:45:45

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What is the technique (or secret) to removing the light switch from the instrument panel? The part that pulls out to turn on the lights has a nut on the back side of it but it won't turn. I've tried holding the chrome piece on the front with channel-locks and turning the nut with a wrench, but it won't turn. I don't want to break it. I think it would be difficult to find another switch. Thanks....James

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Steve in N.J.

03-24-2002 18:10:55

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 Re: WD light switch removal? in reply to James (MO), 03-20-2002 12:45:45  
I just took out a light switch from a WD ammeter panel. The attaching nut was rusted fast in there, so I soaked it with PB blaster which is a rust buster. The best way to get that nut loose after you soak it with a good penetrating oil is use what's called a "crows foot". The easiest way to explain it is picture just the end of a 9/16" open end wrench, and right behind the open part is a square where a ratchet extension snaps into, and you remove it slowly with a ratchet. This gives you the opportunity to put equal force on the nut to remove it, where putting a wrench on a steep angle will surely spell disaster in snapping it off. If your patient, it works like a charm! My crows foot is a Snap-On, but I'm sure Craftsman offers one too. The OEM switches are servicable. I've restored quite a few for folks with great results. Just take yer' time.. Good Luck!

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Tom Miller

03-21-2002 21:40:48

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 Re: WD light switch removal? in reply to James (MO), 03-20-2002 12:45:45  
I would be careful on were what wire go where on the switches and on the meter. I just did one of these and what I did was I took a 9/16 wrench and put it on the nut so it was almost virtcle beside the rod. I then took a 3/4 wrench and put it in the box end of the 9/16 and spun it off.

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Dave in Mo

03-21-2002 04:48:14

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 Re: WD light switch removal? in reply to James (MO), 03-20-2002 12:45:45  
Last year when I rewired my WD, I pulled the switch out, busted the knob on the end of the shaft. Finally got the thing out and thought I'd have to buy new, Sandy Lake Implement has them for like 45 bucks. Decided to sit down and just clean it up and play with it....and got it back in shape finally..... rethread the shaft etc and put a new knob on. Ended up not spending for a new switch. Works fine now. Don't be afraid to take it apart, it's pretty robust.

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03-20-2002 12:51:47

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 Re: WD light switch removal? in reply to James (MO), 03-20-2002 12:45:45  
the light switch is much more than that if im not mistaken its also your high and low charging system switch.....

At least my wd45 came that way

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LC in Bama

03-20-2002 13:12:41

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 Re: Re: WD light switch removal? in reply to craig, 03-20-2002 12:51:47  
The light switch is available new.http://www.wiringharnesses.com/

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