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Old 07-23-2010, 11:02 AM   #1
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I have a 95 Bonneville that has melted the headlight switch and connector. I found the connector shell part number and diagram on a post here, but cannot find a part number or description for the connectors that crimp onto the wires. I took one into the dealer and they were unable to match it up. Any help is appreciated!
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Howdy 95 melted switch buddy.

The updated switch that you'll want to get is for a 96-99. I found that hitting up a junkyard for a new switch/connector and some wiring was the answer to the issue. Only thing to keep is mind is cut and solder each wire one by one into the correct cavity of the connector as a couple wire colors were changed. Otherwise it was a straight forward fix for me when I had a 95.
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Here is a link to the post when I had the issue. Should show how I went about the fix.

https://www.gmforum.com/showthread.p...adlight+switch

Hope that helps fix it up in a jiffy.

I just reread parts fo the post and as humor would have it.. we did find that 95'* had this common issue. The 95 switch was a one year switch that was replaced and superceeded with the part from 96-99. Harofreak00 and LakevilleSSEi both had the same problem soon afterwards as they both had 95'*. Since then the forum has seen many 95'* with the melted switch/connector. So far the method of fixing has been good.
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Billboost37,

Thanks for the quick response. I've tried that once before and found the the local salvage yards were picked over. This is not the first time I've had to replace this, I've had the car over 2 years and this will be number 5 (I think). I've purchased the newer switch (the one called out as the replacement for the late 95'* and 96'*) from O'reilly'*, got the one with the lifetime warranty and they are good enough to keep swapping them out. The first few times this happened, the connector was fine and I reused it, the last time it happened the connector melted down and I went to the local dealer for a replacement. The parts guy was pretty good, he had the connector shell and the connectors ready when I got there. My mistake, I didn't write down the connector number. This time it happened the connector shell is melted again, and 2 of the wires are burnt. I went to the same dealer, they have a different parts guy and after an hour of searching he couldn't find the correct connectors, although they did have the shell in stock. I am going to a different dealer later today and hope they can match it up. If not, I guess I'll be scavenging the scrapyards again.

Any idea why this keeps happening? I've contacted GM, they claim that although there was a recall for this problem, my car VIN is not included. Not sure it would have mattered anyway, as the fix was to put in the same switch that I've been using.

Thanks for letting me rant.
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I pm'd my number to you. Give me a call tonight. I "think" I have one with connector/harness sitting on the closet shelf. If so.. it'* yours for cost of shipping if you are interested.
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Will do, thanks.
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Uhhh, he can take this to the dealer and get it replaced for free...

This is in the Techinfo section under 1995 headlight switch removal.

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Recall Reason EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
Recall Date OCT 04, 1994
Model Affected BONNEVILLE
Potential Units Affected 1997
Recall Summary
THESE VEHICLES WERE ASSEMBLED WITH LIGHTING CONTROL MODULES WHICH CAN EXPERIENCE EXCESSIVE CURRENT LEAKAGE DUE TO DAMAGED SURFACE MOUNTING CAPACITORS. THIS CAN CAUSE LOSS OF HEAD LAMPS AND PARKING LAMPS.

Consequence
SUDDEN LOSS OF HEADLAMPS CAN CAUSE REDUCED DRIVER VISIBILITY WHICH CAN RESULT IN A VEHICLE ACCIDENT. ALSO, THE HEAD LAMPS CANNOT BE TURNED OFF, OR THEY MAY TURN ON WHILE THE VEHICLE IS PARKED, RESULTING IN LOSS OF BATTERY CHARGE AND INABILITY TO RESTART THE CAR.

Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE HEADLAMP MODULE.

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NHTSA campaign number: 94V190000
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Thanks Mike, I tried that route, they told me my car wasn't included in the recall. Did manage to get the terminals today and should have the shell next week. Talked to a service man, he said that the switch is probably drawing too many amps due to a bad ground somewhere so I am going to try and track that down next week after I get the new switch installed.

Bill, don't think I'll be needing that switch, but thanks for the offer.
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It'* not included in the recall? Then why in the world is it melting like mine and thousands of others did.

I'd try another dealer IMO.
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