1997 Pontiac Sunfire headlights


The driving lights on the car work as well as the highbeams. My problem is the headlights only work when they feel like it. I was told that there is a switch in the steering column that tends to go bad im GM products that is the culprit. Does anyone know if this is true or not.


The high-low dimmer in the column is prone to failure, but it’s more than just GM cars. Anyway, I would bet that is the culprit.


I can’t tell you how many of these multi-function/combo switches I’ve replaced on GM vehicles for this problem. So yes it’s true.



I think I gave $55 for the last new one I bought at Autozone. You don’t have to go to the dealer for that one. It’s a pretty simple installation. You can do it yourself if you are not completely mechanically declined. The plastic cover has to be removed from the steering column. After that, it’s a pretty simple plug-in operation. Borrow a shop manual from your local library if you have any doubts.