How to Change Out the Dimmer Switch on a Camaro

by Jeffrey Caldwell

The Chevrolet Camaro debuted in 1967 as General Motors' answer to the Ford Mustang. A two-door coupe or convertible available with V6 and V8 engines and both standard and automatic transmissions, the Camaro was a favorite among consumers who wanted top-notch performance at a reasonable price. The dimmer switch in a Camaro controls the brightness of the instrument cluster lights, and also turns the headlights on and off.

Removal of Dimmer Switch from a Camaro

Disconnect the ground cable from the negative battery terminal.

Remove the trim panel from below the steering wheel.

Pull the headlamp switch fully out.

Reach underneath the dash, and locate the headlight/dimmer switch.

Press the release button on the inboard side of the dimmer switch, and remove shaft and knob.

Remove the retaining nut that connects the switch to the instrument cluster housing.

Remove the six screws that connect the instrument cluster to the dash, and pull the instrument cluster forward.

Disconnect the electrical harness from the dimmer switch.

Remove the switch.

Installation of a Dimmer Switch on a Camaro

Reconnect the headlight/dimmer switch to the wiring harness.

Slide the dimmer switch through the instrument cluster housing, and reinstall the retaining nut.

Reinstall the six screws that connect the instrument cluster housing to the dash.

Slide the knob/shaft assembly into the switch until it is seated.

Reinstall the trim panel below the steering wheel.

Reconnect the ground cable to the negative battery terminal.


  • check Separate the fasteners from each step of the process in plastic bags, and label each bag. The fasteners are small and can be easy to lose.


  • close Be careful not to damage the instrument cluster housing when removing it, and be careful not to disconnect any of the electrical leads or vacuum lines.

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About the Author

Jeffrey Caldwell has been a freelance writer for over five months and has published over 250 articles on websites like eHow and Caldwell writes articles on a wide range of topics including travel, camping and automotive mechanics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Millersville University.

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