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How to remove wiper switch?
#1
Hi, I've got everything out of and off of my dash on my 73. I'm hoping to repaint it this weekend but I'm stuck on trying to figure out how to remove the wiper switch and knob from the dash. I've looked in my shop manual and searched the forums but I've come up empty and my wiper switch is still sitting there, laughing at me.

How do I get this thing off? Is there a small set screw on the knob that bites down on the shaft?

Scott
73 vert
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#2
It has a bezel nut. If you don't have a special tool you can use a pair of needle nose pliers. Look for the knob has a small notch take a small scewdriver and push on the tab the knob will slip of the shaft easely and then you will see a nut take 2 small scewdriver or needle nose pliers spread open and loosen counter-clockwise and the switch will come off the dash.
A little more detail on getting knob off:
On the back edge of the switch next to the shaft,you will find a slot or notch in the knob. take a small screwdriver and pull and hold forward toward you while puliing off the knob
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mweeps;87411 Wrote:It has a bezel nut. If you don't have a special tool you can use a pair of needle nose pliers. Look for the knob has a small notch take a small scewdriver and push on the tab the knob will slip of the shaft easely and then you will see a nut take 2 small scewdriver or needle nose pliers spread open and loosen counter-clockwise and the switch will come off the dash

Ah, the trick I missed was the small notch and using a screwdriver to depress the tab! Thanks a million. Regarding that tool, over the years I've used needle nose pliers and screwdrivers. Does someone actually make a tool to remove it?

Scott
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#4
I am sure Snap-on has $100 tool LOL I have never seen one.

Now I have!

http://broncograveyard.com/bronco.php/i-..._tool.html
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#5
mweeps;87414 Wrote:I am sure Snap-on has $100 tool LOL I have nver seen one.

Agreed. I've had good luck with a very large Phillips with a blunt tip. I think I'll save that $100...

Scott
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#6
I was at a PickNPull on Monday, pulling the dash on a 1974 F100. Everything was out except the damn wiper knob and the headlight knob. I know that the headlight switch requires a button to be pushed, but one needed the dash out to get at it. I took a HD wire cutters to both shafts and ripped them out. The wiper knob finally fell off of the shaft while I was pulling/twisting the shaft.

After all of that work, the connector I was after was the wrong design. *Sigh* Fortunately, a 70 F100 had the right connector.
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#7
Okay, I put the gloves on and entered the ring last night. Me versus the wiper switch. Round 1, get a small screwdriver with both standard and phillips tips. Crouch down under the wheel and try to depress the tab that will deliver the knockout punch and free the knob from the shaft. Bell rings, Round 1 goes to the switch.

Round 2, get different screwdriver tips and flashlight and tell myself there's no way I'm going to lose this time. Engage the fight and we're trading blows. I'm getting cramped up down there (I'm 6'4" about 220lbs) and my strength is fading. Extricate myself from the floor. Bell rings, Round 2 goes to the switch.

Okay, Round 3 starts tonight. Can anyone give any other suggestions on how to release that knob from the shaft before it kicks my butt one more time?

Huh
Scott
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#8
I've found swearing to be quite productive...
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#9
Nothing like dragging up an old thread. Round 2 of my wiper switch is over. Wiper switch is still winning. What I'm really trying is get the whole dash off. My problem... The tab on my speedo cable is broken off. The tabs on the wiring harness for the speedo are broken off. So leave it in place. Remove the dash and work on it straight on. The only thing holding my dash frame in place is the speedo cable, the wiring harness, and the wiper switch. I've been all up in that switch and I can not find a tab to press at all. I'm guessing with my speedo tabs being broken, someone has been great enough to break the tab on the wiper switch.

Any suggestions on getting the rest of this out? I can feel the harness to the switch but that it. I can get an angle to pull it off. Then I'm still left with how to get the harness and cable off the back of the speedo. sigh

That should read that I cannot get the angle to disconnect the wire from the wiper switch.

Eric Nonamaker
1973 Mach1 351C 2V
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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#10
The white ring on the speedo cable needs to be pushed to one side to disengage it

The wiring harness has two tabs holding it in, squeeze the tabs and pull it off.
If the tabs are broken it should pull right off

The wiring for the wiper is just a tight press on fit - no tabs or tricks, just work it off side to side

Ohio Mustang Supply
440-949-2556

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