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The only way I know how to change the bulbs in the dash is to remove the dash itself. Not really tough, but not fun either. The last time one of the bulbs burned, I replaced all of them just to be sure I don't have to deal with it too soon thereafter.
A handy tool to use for removing the dash is made by Snap On - it looks like
a blunter version of the tool gardeners use to dig out dandelions, bent and
with the "V" at the tip. Watched my mechanic use it when he replaced the
headlight switch. Come to think of it, that switch is somewhat notorious so
maybe you'd want to check it's condition while you have the dash off anyhow.
Thought mayb someone had a trick to get around it.
If you have thin wirery arms/hands (or have a willing wife/kid) you can reach underneath the dash and replace them. But it would probably be easier to just pull the instrument cluster.
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It's not so much the headlight switch that goes bad, as the connector at the headlight switch that overheats, melts, and takes out the switch.
IOW, if you have a failed HL switch, the connector usually needs to be replaced as well.
Hmmm. I see that I wrote a post last August on replacing this on my '93, just before I sold it to a friend, but that I didn't actually post it here, only on my own website. I'll go fix that . . . OK, posted here.
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