2002 Impala headlight dimmer switch

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Jeff

Boston, MA

#1 Nov 7, 2007
The multi-function switch in my impala (headlight dimmer, turn signal, cruise) is acting up. Everything works, but when trying to switch between the high beams and low beams it has a hard time. The other night, going from high to lows it shut the headlights right off for a few seconds. Is the arm going bad or is it something else? Dealer says replace arm at 400 bucks for the part and 2 hours labor.
Holly resident

Flint, MI

#2 Nov 7, 2007
if you can do the work yourself or have someone who can change it out, I can give you a reference for parts on Ebay. I just ordered a headlight switch on Sunday and received it today. Half of what the dealer would have charged just for the part. Let me know
Jeff

Boston, MA

#3 Nov 8, 2007
Holly resident wrote:
if you can do the work yourself or have someone who can change it out, I can give you a reference for parts on Ebay. I just ordered a headlight switch on Sunday and received it today. Half of what the dealer would have charged just for the part. Let me know
That would be great, it doesn't look that hard to do, plus my brother is a mechanic. The parts at local auto parts stores here are 300 dollars. Anything will help, and will be appreciated.
jbp

Colorado Springs, CO

#5 Jan 17, 2008
Jeff wrote:
The multi-function switch in my impala (headlight dimmer, turn signal, cruise) is acting up. Everything works, but when trying to switch between the high beams and low beams it has a hard time. The other night, going from high to lows it shut the headlights right off for a few seconds. Is the arm going bad or is it something else? Dealer says replace arm at 400 bucks for the part and 2 hours labor.
Did you find resolution for this? Ours too has done this (noticed it when car was just 3 years old.) We nearly ran off the road at 60 mph. We just quit driving it at night and figured we got a lemon. It may have always been like that but we'd never really driven it at night under complete darkness (i.e. no street lights) until that time. This is a huge safety issue if it affects more than just one car which now I know it clearly it does. I am going to ask Chevy why they never recalled for it, sounds like they knew about it.
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Kevin

Canada

#6 Feb 5, 2008
I also experienced this problem recently. I'd be interested in Chevy's response. I happened to be driving behind my wife in our ford truck at the time and lit the way home for her. That would make a good commercial for ford!
Stephen

Terrebonne, Canada

#7 Feb 22, 2008
Jeff wrote:
The multi-function switch in my impala (headlight dimmer, turn signal, cruise) is acting up. Everything works, but when trying to switch between the high beams and low beams it has a hard time. The other night, going from high to lows it shut the headlights right off for a few seconds. Is the arm going bad or is it something else? Dealer says replace arm at 400 bucks for the part and 2 hours labor.
I was having similar problems and was quoted $600. to replace the switch by the dealer. I removed the switch myself and took it appart. I discovered the plunger portion which is made of plastic had worn down on the end. I simply roughed the surface of the end of the plunger and added a length of epoxt resin to it then ground it down to fit. it required about an eight of an inch of additional length to fix the problem. The switch has been working problem free for over a year now. the repair took about 2 hours to complete.
Don

Sault Sainte Marie, Canada

#8 Feb 29, 2008
had the same probem with our 03. got it replaced on warrenty
Pibgirl

Dearborn, MI

#9 Mar 10, 2008
I also am in the middle of this crappy problem. My lights are stuck on brights and the switch will not click back to lows. $430+ parts and $125+ labor. I am getting a used part ($75) from collision place since Chevrolet has not fixed the switch and apparently do not feel that there should be a recall.
joe

Branson, MO

#10 May 31, 2008
Same for me on a 2000 impala.
who knows what is involved in taking the switch off. IE, does the steering wheel need to come off.
colsen

Excelsior Springs, MO

#11 Oct 11, 2008
I'm just about to put a second switch in - this time I'm going to do it. My nieghbor has all ready put three in, and a local mechanice says this is vary comon and expercieve. Intereasting my Father-in-law has a 2006 Impapa and Chevy replaced his with the updated switch at no cost. I think that Chevy should be responsibe for their product.
Michael

Bel Air, MD

#12 Nov 12, 2008
I have the same dimmer switch problem with a 2002 Impala. My son was on his way across Pennsylvania at night, to return to college, when he lost all lights because of the failure. He was able to stop and get off the highway, but he was carrying passengers in bad weather and was scared to death to resume the trip. Rightly so! He eventually got it to the low beam setting and left it, but what a pain. I'm furious to learn that this is such a systemic problem. My dealer also quoted me over $600 to replace the switch.
Ken

Buffalo, NY

#13 Nov 13, 2008
Did anyone ever get the info from Jeff-NY for the part on e-bay? I would like to look into that as compared to buying the part from the dealer.
billyo

Jamaica Plain, MA

#14 Nov 13, 2008
I have a 05 impala and my son has a 01 impala.We have both had our headlights go out on us.We were able to get them working again by screwing with the dimmer switch.Are you guys saying the multi function switch needs to be replaced? And if so do you have to buy it from the dealer or can you get a after market one?

Since: Nov 08

Canada

#15 Nov 23, 2008
I'm having the same problem. Is it tricky to fix? When diving at night I have to hold the highbeams on because they won't "click" on. When/if I can flick them on it takes like 5 tries to turn them back off and I end up flashing all the headlights at the oncoming cars
Glenn

Essex Junction, VT

#16 Nov 23, 2008
I am having the same problem with my 2002 Impala. I keep my foglights on so when the highs go out, the foglights come on. Not much light, but beats nothing at all. Should be a recall. I have seen this on numerous boards.
Doug Lakeville MN

Durham, NC

#17 Nov 30, 2008
Help please. I was unable to switch on the brights on my 2002 Impala...no big deal, right? Well, last night the brights came on and wouldn't turn off when I started the car, the turn signal lever started smoking!!! Shut it off and parked it immediately. Any ideas? Anyone had similar problems? Is it just a switch or do I need a whole new assembly?
Kandi P TX

Mccoy, CO

#18 Dec 9, 2008
My brother is having the same problem in his '02. His headlight got stuck on brights and wouldn't go back to dim. Now they aren't working at all unless he holds the switch back. We are currently looking for a dimmer switch cheaper than quoted prices from dealer and parts store.

Since: Nov 08

Peterborough, Canada

#19 Dec 12, 2008
I have not heard of anyone whos switch started smoking but I would get that looked at by a mechanic, it sounds a lot more serious then just the dimmer not working... in my non-professional opinion hah
JBrown118

Chillicothe, OH

#20 Feb 4, 2009
I haven't had my headlights go out yet, but it is difficult to get the brights on once in a while. I have had problems with the turn signals only working occasionally and now the wipers are acting up. They would turn on every once in a while on their own and shut right back off. Now they won't work at all. These are all controlled by the same switch.
Rob

Corner Brook, Canada

#21 Feb 25, 2009
I've had the dimmer switch problem on my 2002 Impala where I couldn't switch between high beam and low beam. After reading all the complaints about the dimmer switch issue, I decided to not replace it, and instead, one quick trip to a local mechanic fixed the problem permanently.

I had a local mechanic cut the high beam headlight wires near the headlights, run them through a relay, and then to an old style floor switch in the cab of my car.

Now, my high beams operate independently of my low beams (meaning I can turn all four headlights on at once for better visibility) and I won't have to worry about a little piece of plastic breaking and losing my headlights while driving. Even if my low beams happen to go out, I can flip on my high beams.

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