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Old 01-04-2008, 04:25 AM   #1
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Default DIY: Hazard Switch Bulb Replacement

I searched for an hour or so before I decided to just try doing this myself. So I figured I should make a DIY since I wasn't the only one looking.

This was done on my 04wrx. This takes about 10-20 minutes depending on model car building experience.

To remove the hazard button, remove the cup holder, the trim piece and then just pull out the vent and unplug it.

Go to RadioShack and get this bulb 2pack.



Once you get the switch out, pry the switch apart using a small flathead screwdriver. When you pull it apart make sure to not let it pop open shooting the spring out.



It comes apart into 3 pieces.
Top

Middle.

bottom.


Pull the entire bulb/base off of the top.



To remove the bulb from the soft base you will need a pair of tweezers and good lighting. I didn't take pictures on how to remove the bulb so just do the install backwards.

Install

Put the 2 wires into the 2 holes in the very middle of the base. Then snake them through using the tweezers.

step 1.

step 2.

step 3.


Then push the base back on to the top piece of the hazard switch.
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Old 01-04-2008, 04:25 AM   #2
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When putting the hazard switch back together make sure that the spring and metal pin are in the right place.


Be patient when putting it back together because its kind of awkward. To put the top back in, slide the front tab under the hazard button, and then press down into place.



I tried to explain this the best way I could, but if something doesn't make sense, just ask.
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:42 AM   #3
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Nice work... i just had a bulb go out in my cruise control button... which is basically the same thing... so thanks for a better understanding of how the bulb can be snaked into that housing

If only i had a radioshack.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:23 AM   #4
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very well done....

now hopefully I won't need it, but it will be nice to have.

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Old 01-04-2008, 09:09 PM   #5
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sweet, thanks! About to do it on Sunday...
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:22 PM   #6
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:44 PM   #7
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I'm working on it as we speak.
Also, at my local radio shack, these parts now come in little bags as opposed to the little "blister" boxes.
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Old 01-14-2008, 04:26 PM   #8
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So here's my quick notes, considering all 6 of my indicator lights were burned out.

A SMALL PAIR OF NEEDLENOSE PLIERS WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND DURING THIS PROJECT.

That is all.

Thanks a huge amount for this, I was starting to freak out.
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:10 PM   #9
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My hazard lights don't work anymore...

help?
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:46 PM   #10
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bump. Still need help fixing this.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:51 PM   #11
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Seems you need to go through all the steps again. It's tricky to reassemble the switch, and one wrong move, or misplaced spring, or bad position of that little white thingie which allowes the push in - push of the switch, and the lights won't work. Take it off, disassemble, reassemble... unless you managed to fry a fuse in the process?
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:58 PM   #12
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Seems you need to go through all the steps again. It's tricky to reassemble the switch, and one wrong move, or misplaced spring, or bad position of that little white thingie which allowes the push in - push of the switch, and the lights won't work. Take it off, disassemble, reassemble... unless you managed to fry a fuse in the process?
Nope. Fuses are all good. I did have trouble reassembling it, I was just looking for what the most obvious solution would be.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:00 AM   #13
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Sorry to say I dont see any past re-assembling or buying a new one.

Does the switch click in an out as it used to?
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:39 AM   #14
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very nice diy!

some don't have the lamp though.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:57 PM   #15
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I think I just messed the metal pin thingie up. Oh well, easy fix.
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:11 AM   #16
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very nice diy!

some don't have the lamp though.
Then I guess they will have a surprise when they spend the time to take that switch apart.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:12 AM   #17
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I have an 04 sedan, and I don't ever remember there being a light in the switch. Do all the hazard switches have the socket?

100_Percent_Juice: Are you using the stock hazard switch?
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IMHO, they should all have, as one of these "safety" thingies. Not to mention there would appear to be NO logic whatsoever on cutting a 38 cent cost by eliminating light bulbs as of 2004!

Buy bulbs, take switch off, put bulb, and enjoy a soothing red spot on your dashboard ...
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:26 PM   #19
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I'm changing mine to blue! Except the hazard switch is gonna be BRIGHT red.
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:05 PM   #20
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Wow, I just did this last week and a friend just sent me this link. I had to replace the bulb in the rear defrost switch as well. Same procedure, but it's easier as it's only a momentary switch and has less parts inside.
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