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Traction Control Switch Repair

Discussion in 'How-To' started by K2AHollywood, Sep 12, 2010.

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  1. K2AHollywood

    K2AHollywood New Member Established Member

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    Well I made a thread several months ago complaining that my switch often malfunctioned requiring several pushes to turn off and on, or just not working at all some days. The thread got a fair amount of attention of people experiencing the same issues or suspected lights burning out. Well I thought I would share with you how I solved these issues for less than $2 dollars. Now yes you can buy a new button on the cheap but for those of you with extra time on your hands or just really don’t want to buy a new part when you don’t need to, I took some photos that will help you do the entire project in less than 10 minutes.
    All you need is a small flat head, the new bulb which I got at Radioshack/ Micro Lamp #7129 and a pair of snips.

    Use your flat head to pop out the shift bezel. There is plenty of room to manipulate this to access the button. If you want to fully remove it, you have to first take off your shift knob.
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    Push the two metal tabs (top and bottom) in. These lock the switch in place on the bezel. As you compress them, push the switch towards the interior of the car.
    TractionSwitchRetainer.jpg

    Take your flat head and gently lift up on the two tabs of the connector to separate.
    TractionSwitchConnector.jpg

    This is an image of the unit removed. Notice the black and blue nodes, those are the light housings. When pull the switching assembly apart, these will catch on the case, make sure you gently manipulate the case with your flat head to clear them. To separate it from the case, lift the case from the tabs on the unit. There are two on each side.
    TractionSwitchUnit.jpg

    This is the unit without the case. As you can see it’s actually very simple. It uses three springs to operate the switch and button to turn on/off traction
    ActuatorAssembly.jpg

    Now I was having problems with my switch consistently engaging. It because my center spring was super compressed so it was not always hitting the small switch. To fix this I simply stretched the spring so contact to the switch was made sooner and more firmly.
    ButtonActuator.jpg

    The traction light itself is the smaller black housing. Using your small flat head twist the unit ¼ turn counter clockwise to release
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    The bulb feeds its leads down the center and the makes a U shape on either end which makes contact with the circuit board. Simply pop them off and pull the bulb out. Also notice the yellow sock, it makes your light orange. New socks could be used to change the color as the writing on the switch cover is clear.
    BulbAssembly.jpg

    The leads on the new bulb are much longer. Feed them through the center and re-wrap them. Use the snips to clip off the extra.
    ReplacementLight.jpg

    Re-install the unit together, making sure the switch cover is orientated the correct direction. When installing the unit back into the shifter bezel, there is a small guide on the left side. This means it only goes in one way so if you get it wrong you will be taking it all back apart
    SwitchGuide.jpg


    The new light is nice and bright. It looks really good.
    UnitLit.jpg
     
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  2. 3B99SVT

    3B99SVT Top down makes me smile Established Member

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    Nice write-up. Doesn't this belong in the "How To" section?
     
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  3. K2AHollywood

    K2AHollywood New Member Established Member

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    hrmmmmm yes it sure does. I 100% forgot about that section. Barry will move it when he see it :beer:
     
  4. VirtualSVT

    VirtualSVT lolololololololololol Established Member

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    Nice writeup. Mine button broke so it was always off.

    Liked it better that way.
     
  5. sur_real1

    sur_real1 I Am The Organizer Established Member

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    Great work Ryan! If I still had the cobra, I would have put this into place.
     
  6. fastback brian

    fastback brian Member Established Member

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    On the 99's, disconnect the battery before unplugging/plugging the traction switch. if you dont there is a good chance to blow the bulb...
    And last I checked there is no way a switch can break and disable the traction control, its default in on and requires a contact to turn off every time...
     
  7. STAMPEDE3

    STAMPEDE3 SAULS BROTHER Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Thank sharpshooter33 for a PM with a little added info on the bulbs.

     
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