How to Replace the Headlight Switch in a Dodge

Updated February 21, 2017

Although Dodge has produced numerous vehicles, including the Dodge Ram and Caravan, the function of the headlight switch is similar among all varieties. The headlight switch, located on the side of the steering column, allows the driver to change the indicators and alternate between high and low beam headlights, as well as turn them off. If any of these functions aren't working, you may need to replace the headlight switch. Fortunately, doing so is a simple process that shouldn't take you more than half an hour.

Turn off your Dodge and prop open the bonnet.

Disconnect the negative battery cable in the engine compartment.

Sit in the driver's seat and remove the screws holding the steering column bezel to the steering column. Pull the bezel off of the steering column when the screws are removed.

Remove the two screws securing the base of the headlight switch to the steering column. Pull the base off slightly from the steering column to reveal a third screw and remove that one, too.

Disconnect the wiring block from the base of the headlight switch.

Twist and pull the headlight switch out of the headlight switch base.

Install the replacement headlight switch, connect the wiring harness, replace the mounting screws, and the steering column bezel.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
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