Apr 27, 2010 update to the Porsche 911 Carrera project car

Lights On

Check it out: Our headlights work again.
See that silver box that's attached to the turn signal stalk? Yeah, it broke.
The replacement comes complete: stalk, switch and wiring harnesses.

Sure, maybe we could have gone all Conan on it and removed the knob, but the switch is a $230 part. At some point, you just cut your losses.

Sometimes it’s the little successes that make the heart happy. Our 911 now has functioning headlights. As we figured, the culprit was the highbeam switch.

Replacing the switch itself wasn’t too hard. It took just a few minutes to free the steering wheel, peel away the column’s plastic covers, and remove the offending switch.

The trick came with connecting the new switch. We had to deal with two harnesses. One simply plugged in to the car and took about 15 seconds to handle. See, we’re car experts.

The other harness contained a few individual wires, each of which needed to be connected to the back of the headlight switch. Unfortunately, our headlight switch didn’t want to leave its position. Basically, the knob just wouldn’t come all the way free. It came partly free, but then it just stopped unscrewing. Yes, it was mocking us.

Sure, maybe we could have gone all Conan on it and removed the knob, but the switch is a $230 part. At some point, you just cut your losses.

Solution: Work upside-down under the dash.

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grambo
grambo None
5/12/10 11:27 a.m.

Look into adding the headlight relay kit so this doesn't happen again. It's cheap insurance that you won't burn out another headlight stalk, and it also helps if you choose to run higher wattage headlamps in the future.

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