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Old 08-28-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Head Light Switch - Broke

The headlight switch broke on the coach. The part number is: F81Z-11654-AA, it's a Ford Motor Company Part, and it cost me 131.33. I think WRV took the original apart to get the mounting screw/post inside so it could be mounted into the dash area. I am not going to do that. I am going to try to fish the screw inside it. I also need to build up the area around the inside of the dash up some so the compression bracket does not need to be tightened up as much, that contributed to the switch breaking in half.

It seems every time I take this thing out something else breaks, wish that would stop. EM is correct, it takes a wad of money to keep these things on the road, so far the past two months, it's over 5000.00 dollars with the new tires and repairs.

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Old 08-29-2013, 05:42 AM   #2
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Mine is MOTORCRAFT Part # SW5262 (F85Z11654BAA) and is available for about $88.
When mine cracked I built a plywood backing piece to take the strain of the clamping bolts and it has held for 5 years now. Guess WRV didn't change the design much in 10 years.

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:21 AM   #3
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Hobby (aka 'craft') plywood makes a great medium for this type of work.

Might also think about epoxy'ing something to the case of the switch to reinforce &/or assist mounting.
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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Reinforced the opening with some trim pieces of cherry wood we had left over from the kitchen remodel in the house. Let them setup for 24 hours. If I was any bigger I could not get down and twisted around enough to have made this repair, tight quarters for sure. The hold in bracket was made of way too heave material/steel, they could have used aluminum, or even spring steel if it was shaped correctly.

Learned the panel lights for the gauges don't work, unless the key is on, but the other switches and headlights work without the key being on. Not like a car for sure. Glad this is over, now I have headlights.

Here is the rest of the list:
1. Kitchen Sink Drain fix.
2. Clean the wiring on the Roof Mounted Round OTA TV antenna wiring or replace unit.
3. Hydro Hot Service.
4. Generator Oil Change w/new filter & new Air Filter as well.
5. Order and install new ISL-400 Air Filter (www.filterbarn.com)
6. Measure length and purchase a new wipers for the windshield.

Think there are a few other things to do, fix, maintenance, oil cabinets for sure, vacuum out good, get Satellite Radio and GPS installed for travel. Load in the dry goods/food. Rearrange the smart beds and organize it in such a way, I don't have to open them up all the time, have some of that done. Stuff like that.
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