1991 Buick Regal.
Well, one problem after another now.
I’m driving at night a few days ago and all of a sudden the lights on the instrument panel go out. The headlights are still on and the radio is still playing.
So I click the headlights on and off and the instrument panel lights come back on. The next night this happens again. This time I just give the headlight switch a little jiggle and they come back on. Tonight they go out again, jiggle the switch and they come back on. They go right back out. Jiggle the switch again and they’re on.
I drive for another five minutes and now I smell plastic burning; it’s the typical electrical/wire short smell. I turned the interior lights on and there was no visible smoke.
I’m going to try and pull the dash tomorrow and see what’s going on in there, but they want $400 for an OEM replacement switch! I found some used ones online, but I’d have to get them mailed from a junk yard for about $50 bucks.
So I’m wondering, is there a easy/cheap way to rig a headlight switch in the interim so I don’t have a fire in this thing? I don’t understand why a headlight switch has so many prongs on the connector.
The only caveat is that the guy who had this car before me rigged the ignition through the headlights (I was told as some kind of security feature?) so that the car will not crank unless the headlights are on. Maybe/hopefully some shoddy wiring on that is just causing an arc. What a mess.