How To Change Ford Pickup Windshield Switch 1973
Learning how to change a 1973 Ford Pickup Windshield Switch is probably the least of your worries with the car. As with any type of DIY electrical fix, you must remove the negative battery lead before starting. A 1973 Ford Pickup's windshield switch can require changing and here is how to do it:
- Flat head Screwdriver
- Extender Bar
- Socket Wrench
- Firstly, remove the steering wheel by fitting a flat-screwdriver into the center cap and popping it off. Using a long extender bar, undo the steering wheel nut using a socket wrench. Carefully remove the steering wheel and set aside.
- Remove the plastic cowling from the steering column and locate the wiring which runs from the windshield switch to the lever. Check Ford's wiring diagrams to find the exact one.
- When you remove the cowling, care is needed not to disturb the indicator switches and the holder springs which help them return. Be methodical when it comes to removing the parts, label each one and put them in order of removal, this will make it much easier when you come to refit them.
- Once you locate the lock plate, which covers the windshield switch, you need to remove the three screws which hold it down. The switch will be easily removed once the plate is out of the way. If you cannot jiggle the switch out of the steering column, remove the indicator switch, indicator arm and flasher knob.
- As you pull the switch out, the ignition anvil and selector gear might drop out, be careful not lose these. Refit all of the parts in the order you removed them.
- Refit the battery lead and test the switches to see if they still work. Check the wiring if not. Make sure the turn signals, wipers and ignition are all operational. If not, you will have to dismantle it again to see what part has been disturbed. Refit the cowling and the steering wheel to complete the windshield switch job.