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Anyone know how to take apart 328 headlight switch?

Anyone know how to safely take apart the headlight switch on the end of the stalk coming from the steering column on a 328? I've seen postings of the 308 which is close but different.

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Hi KKRace,

I took apart my light stalk last year when the contact 'unsoldered' itself (I have an '88 328GTB). Evidently this is a fairly common problem, but easy to fix. You can use your fingernail or a razor blade to slide the inner 'ring' away (towards the steering column). Work a little at a time around the 'ring' - it should slide apart with just a little pressure toward the steering column. Once this is moved apart, the plastic end piece (knob?) can be pulled off easily. Just make sure to notice the orientation for the end piece so you can (re)attach it when you need to. Otherwise the writing on the knob might be upside down when finished. I don't recall exactly but I remember looking inside of it and it appeared it could only go back on two ways (by rotating it 180 degrees). Hopefully the attached pics will help.

If you need to (re)solder the wire just clean the contact area (600grit sandpaper works great) and gently resolder it without putting much pressure on the stalk. Also, be careful with the soldering iron as it gets hot and can drop solder on your leg (don't ask!). A towel or something else protecting your carpet (and leg) helps!

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Is there a little detent ball and spring like the 308? I heard people talk about putting a baggie over the end before they pull it off on the 308's to make sure it doesn't shoot across the garage and get lost.
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I used the baggie just to be on the safe side. There is a detent ball and spring on the 328 as well. Sure enough the solder joint on the green wire on mine let loose. I solder for a living so it's an easy fix. Thanks for the help!! Kevin

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great how to. thanks. can we move this to the 329 section?
I saw you changed my post from 429 to 329! I was going to suggest moving it. I posted it there first but no one responded so after a couple days I tried here. Was beginning to think I was going to have to check on another site for answers?

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Ya fixed it but ya didn't move it yet.

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