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Offline 88rxna

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please help finding correct dimmer switch.
« on: November 06, 2018, 05:37:51 PM »
hello, new here and looking for guidance...
i just bought a 1984 c10 square body and im trying to get the gremlins sorted out before winter storage. the problem is my high/low beam siwtch down on the column is broken/not working correctly. i bought a new one off of amazon and the bracket does not line the pin hole for the rod correctly. my steering column is a tilt steering if that makes a difference? every site i looked up all gave this same switch so i thought it was right but it does not fit?

i am attaching 3 pics showing what i ordered and the OEM plug that failed.
i verified the part on amazon, rockauto and   before buying and all three show only this part for my truck?
as you can see in the 2nd pic the new bracket sets the plug lower so the rod can not reach the hole to push it?

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Re: please help finding correct dimmer switch.
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2018, 09:50:49 PM »
not sure if that came out of chevy truck. all the ones ive seen look like the one they sent you. But i found similar ones

first contestant, out of an 82 g10 van part number UDS436

https://www.autozone.com/electrical-and-lighting/dimmer-switch/duralast-dimmer-switch/91163_0_1985

second contestant out of an 83-94is cars/van or s10 part number UDS424


https://www.autozone.com/electrical-and-lighting/dimmer-switch/duralast-dimmer-switch/129650_0_0_20775

i personally think its the first one the second one looks too long
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Re: please help finding correct dimmer switch.
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2018, 03:01:21 PM »
I wonder if it's a different steering coulmn?

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Re: please help finding correct dimmer switch.
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2018, 04:48:27 PM »
honestly i dont know if they can swap one with a van
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Re: please help finding correct dimmer switch.
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2018, 03:23:33 PM »
well i found one today in a local junk yard...
the contacts need cleaned so i am not 100% sure if it works yet or not. it was on a Pontiac steering wheel though?
after searching a little for a Pontiac dimmer switch i found this:
http://www.2040-parts.com/steering-column-mounted-dimmer-switch-chevy-caprice-impala-delta-88-98-electra-i42900/

ive yet to found a new replacement online for it yet though? is it possible to someone to put a tilt steering wheel from a Pontiac in a C10?

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Re: please help finding correct dimmer switch.
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2018, 06:52:54 PM »
that second one i posted usd424 also firs most Pontiac from 70s to mid 80s and also fits the delta 88s
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Re: please help finding correct dimmer switch.
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2018, 08:03:11 PM »
What's confusing is the part I am trying to replace has a square area near the hole is for the rod to push..
The photo for the 2nd one you posted is round. Maybe it's an updated part? I wonder if the frame aligns the part for the rod?

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Re: please help finding correct dimmer switch.
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2018, 02:51:11 PM »
What's confusing is the part I am trying to replace has a square area near the hole is for the rod to push..
The photo for the 2nd one you posted is round. Maybe it's an updated part? I wonder if the frame aligns the part for the rod?

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yeah sometimes they will come out with an updated part that looks a little different but functions the same
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Re: please help finding correct dimmer switch.
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2018, 03:39:15 PM »
Ok, thanks for the help irish_alley!
So I'm guessing at some point they swapped out a non tilt steering coulmn for a tilt from a different vehicle?

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