did you push your headlight switch into dash….UGH

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Ok so if you had an OH **** moment and hit the headlight knob with your knee applying enough force to push it into the dash ….no worries. Ya did this and was not pleased but the end results were good.

How to fix: 2014 Trailhawk

1) remove storage container below switch by opening then pulling aft

2) there are four metal (left image) clips holding switch in the dash panel, with a small screw driver push clips towards the center of the switch this releases it from dash push red button on connector and remove from jeep

3) now if you pushed the rotation knob into the housing chances are you disengaged the back of the switch housing itself once you have the switch in hand you can observe this

4) just do not push it back on cause there is a good chance you disengaged the rheostat thumb drive gears from the slider this will affect the dimming of your dash and ambient lights so

5) disassemble the switch by ,with same small screw driver, disengage the plastic tabs (if not broke)(right image) from the main housing starting at the round end working towards square end

6) once back is off remove circuit board (electro sensitive) reposition rheostat sliders reassemble and test

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Thanks for sharing, we never know!

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havnt hit it that hard yet but it is in a place thats very easy to hit with knee. ive done it alot.

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havnt hit it that hard yet but it is in a place thats very easy to hit with knee. ive done it alot.

So far I have done the same.

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You guys must be giants… my knee doesn’t even come close ….

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I hit that dang thing all the time, have not knocked it out yet, hopefully never will.

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LOL I hit it so hard i scraped my knee took some skin out and blood came out… but button was fine…LOL

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I hit my knee there for the first time this weekend. My wife had the seat pulled up for her to drive it. Not hard enough to knock it in, that would’ve sucked! Thanks for the ‘how to’ in case it ever happens.

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did the same thing to mine, but it didn’t push all the way in. Yes, that button is not placed well for 6′ 5″ people

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I just hit mine for the first time today. I got in to make a tool run and there was a quick chiming sound just as I started the vehicle. I was wearing knee pads and the top of the pad hit the switch and changed it from ‘auto’ to headlight position….thus the dinging before I hit the Start button….I also could not figure out why my dash lights were out….duh, headlights were on and I didn’t figure it out until I reached my destination…..

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I just hit mine for the first time today. I got in to make a tool run and there was a quick chiming sound just as I started the vehicle. I was wearing knee pads and the top of the pad hit the switch and changed it from ‘auto’ to headlight position….thus the dinging before I hit the Start button….I also could not figure out why my dash lights were out….duh, headlights were on and I didn’t figure it out until I reached my destination…..

I did that once, couldn’t figure out why the car dinged and the lights stayed on longer than what I set it for when I got out of the car.

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Hit mine hard yesterday, but not enough to dislodge it. Hurt like he77!

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I’ve hit mine a couple of times with my knee. I’m 5′ 10″ and have the seat back almost as far as it can go. Thanks in case I hit it that hard.

Matt

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My daughter hit hers yesterday and pushed it in. Was all upset but now dad can fix it. Thanks. If not Rock Auto has them for $66.

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I’m only 5’7″ but I hit my knee on it all the time. Twice while wearing shorts and scraped my knee pretty bad. Apparently I had been hitting it quite often before I even realized it. I always keep it on Auto and im the only one that drives my Jeep and occasionally I would get it and it would no longer be on Auto. Was driving me nuts trying to figure out how it kept changing.

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Weird, I’m 6’4 and have had no issues with it.

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Im 5’4″ and it hit that stupid switch getting in all the time! I notice it when it starts to ding because it’s moved from auto to light mode and the door is open. It’s got to be less about height and more about seat placement. Grrrrrr

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I just did this tonight and the switch pushed in all the way. Drove home with only the LED running lights. Popped the bezel and switch out, disconnected the harness and took it to the work bench. It seems the previous owner did the same thing and broke a few of the tangs. The back was held on with foil tape! I first considered using superglue to hold on the back cover, but I’ve seen what cyanoacrylate fuming can do to switch contacts.

Thus I came here looking for answers. Seems I’m not alone in this. Maybe this is a good time to upgrade the switch and add fog lamps

Anyone know if the wire harness carries the fog lamp I/O?

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I just did this tonight and the switch pushed in all the way. Drove home with only the LED running lights. Popped the bezel and switch out, disconnected the harness and took it to the work bench. It seems the previous owner did the same thing and broke a few of the tangs. The back was held on with foil tape! I first considered using superglue to hold on the back cover, but I’ve seen what cyanoacrylate fuming can do to switch contacts.

Thus I came here looking for answers. Seems I’m not alone in this. Maybe this is a good time to upgrade the switch and add fog lamps

Anyone know if the wire harness carries the fog lamp I/O?

I wonder if hot glue would do the trick. Get a “real” hot glue gun (not a craft/toy store) and some of the heavy duty sticks?

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My Lattitude turned 1 a few weeks ago, and I’ve banged my right knee on that &?%$ knob 7-8 times. Have done it a few times with shorts on, so got some scratches too. Not a pleasant experience.

I’m 6’3″, but from reading here I guess height has no real impact, What matters is where you plant your right foot when climbing onboard ; just a bit too far forward and you risk the knee-knob bang.

I’ve been lucky not to break anything. Yet. I have a *real* hot glue gun

For those who haven’t experienced this, I have a theory… I enter the vehicule by planting my right foot on the ground and then pivot my rear end and set it down on the seat. Next, I bring the legs in. Problem occurs at the first pivot as the right knee swings inside. I’d bet those who plant their left foot, then set their right foot inside before climbing in have no problems…

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