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Old 09-12-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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My car is driving me crazy!!!

I have a 1994 Mustang V6 and it drives me crazy around every corner with these little irritating things that I tried to do DIY stuff on, but cannot figure out. I do not want to have to shell out money for a professional to handle, but I just might....
  1. Tail lights do not work, but brake lights work.
  2. Front and rear turn signal do not work. Turn signal relay and turn signal switch have been replaced
  3. Gauge cluster needles work sometimes and sometimes they do not. They don't work more than they do.
  4. Gauge cluster lights do not come on when the headlights are on, but they come on if I push the headlight knob in a click, but at the point the headlights are no longer on.

This is all so crazy... Any ideas from the Mustang Gurus?!?!
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Is a fuse out? Lol I have no idea XD
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Is a fuse out? Lol I have no idea XD
I checked all of the fuses and they seem to be in order and not blown. I can only assume that it may be something electrical or a short lurking somewhere.
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Headlight switch. All day everyday
Be prepared as you may have to repair or replace the plug and or harness where it plugs in to the switch
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Headlight switch. All day everyday
Be prepared as you may have to repair or replace the plug and or harness where it plugs in to the switch
Headlight Switch?!?! That is what someone else said. So, the switch itself is a pretty straight forward replacement. However, to change the harness that is a little more involved. If I change the harness would I need to cut out the old one and splice it into the new one?
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Yup, I've been through this on several cars. Same symptoms and all. Very straight forward.

With the switch pulled out, there's an opening in the stem, push something in to press the tab and slide it off the switch itself.

2 screws hold the trim over the gauges, remove and pull trim off carefully. There are two screws holding it in place. Once removed you will see the extent of the damage.

If itts real bad i hear American Muscle has some sort of repair kit or you can source at a junk yard.
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A repair kit for the headlight switch?
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A repair kit for the headlight switch?
Harness and plug I believe, not positive just what I remember reading
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Yes it does come with harness and plug. Ill try to post a link for you soon. Save yourself some headache and do it right with shrink wrap and the whole nine yards.

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//www.latemodelrestoration.com/item/WPT165/94-04-Mustang-Headlight-Switch-Connector
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And here is the AM link:

http://www.americanmuscle.com/headli...ness-9404.html
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Thanks a bunch!!!
Np at all! I take it you got it sorted out then?
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Yes it does come with harness and plug. Ill try to post a link for you soon. Save yourself some headache and do it right with shrink wrap and the whole nine yards.

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//www.latemodelrestoration.com/item/WPT165/94-04-Mustang-Headlight-Switch-Connector
Okay, so I need to get my hands on the harness and then purchase the switch as well. Cool... Thanks!!!
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You bet man. As I say, you will save yourself some future headache by doing it right the first time. Soldering, shrink wrap, etc. Best of luck to you! :good
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Re: My car is driving me crazy!!!

Please update. Very informative, well written thread. I would also suggest inspecting and cleaning thoroughly the negative & positive- both battery terminals, exposed copper cables & connections. Good luck.
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You bet man. As I say, you will save yourself some future headache by doing it right the first time. Soldering, shrink wrap, etc. Best of luck to you! :good
So, using regluar clamps for splicing the wires will not be good enough? I will pick up some shrink wrap from AutoZone then when I pick up the Headlight Switch and Harness... I will be doing this myself so I am a little nervous about that, but I will just follow directions and take my time. Thanks a million!!!

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Please update. Very informative, well written thread. I would also suggest inspecting and cleaning thoroughly the negative & positive- both battery terminals, exposed copper cables & connections. Good luck.
I will clean the battery terminals too.
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So, using regluar clamps for splicing the wires will not be good enough? I will pick up some shrink wrap from AutoZone then when I pick up the Headlight Switch and Harness... I will be doing this myself so I am a little nervous about that, but I will just follow directions and take my time. Thanks a million!!!
It will be good enough if you heat shrink it, he is just giving the best, most effective and longest lasting way. Just take your time and you will be fine! i can almost say with out a doubt this will cure your issue. If you can take pics.
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It will be good enough if you heat shrink it, he is just giving the best, most effective and longest lasting way. Just take your time and you will be fine! i can almost say with out a doubt this will cure your issue. If you can take pics.
I will definitely post pics of it all. I need to post pics of the entire clean up from what the car looks like now and all of the repairs done... lol
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Re: My car is driving me crazy!!!

If the harness or the switch doesn't work make sure you check the bulbs. I had some issues exactly like this on my 1997, I had to replace a couple light bulbs and sand some terminals in the bulb socket because they were a little rusty/corroded. I also bent the terminal connectors inside of the bulb sockets out a little more so that they would make better contact with the lights.. Hope this helps... Good luck!
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If the harness or the switch doesn't work make sure you check the bulbs. I had some issues exactly like this on my 1997, I had to replace a couple light bulbs and sand some terminals in the bulb socket because they were a little rusty/corroded. I also bent the terminal connectors inside of the bulb sockets out a little more so that they would make better contact with the lights.. Hope this helps... Good luck!
Hmmmm... Interesting, never thought of the sanding and bending.
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