Gen 1 Headlight Switch Issue

GA- Viper

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My 95 with 8,500 miles is rarely driven that I have need for the headlights and the headlight switch has not been used in close to a year. Last night I had no headlights, or tail lights but the brake lights worked. I moved the headlight switch in and out numerous times and finally got them to flicker and then work. This has happened before so I thought it best to get a new switch. I purchased one at NAPA and it appeared the same dimensionally and connections. All was going fine with the install until I tried getting the switch ****/shaft to engage the light switch. It would push in but not latch. Tried all combinations including pushing the top release button with no success. The strange part is that it will latch in the switch when not mounted in the dash. Thinking this might be a manufacturing defect or slight dimensional difference I purchased another light switch at Advance Auto. And had the same problem getting the ****/shaft to latch. Has anyone experienced this problem? And know of a part that will mount and latch correctly?

The OEM switch is re installed shows no corrosion and the wiring connection shows no signs of over heating as others have experienced. And for now, I again have all lights functioning.
Thanks.
 

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My 95 with 8,500 miles is rarely driven that I have need for the headlights and the headlight switch has not been used in close to a year. Last night I had no headlights, or tail lights but the brake lights worked. I moved the headlight switch in and out numerous times and finally got them to flicker and then work. This has happened before so I thought it best to get a new switch. I purchased one at NAPA and it appeared the same dimensionally and connections. All was going fine with the install until I tried getting the switch ****/shaft to engage the light switch. It would push in but not latch. Tried all combinations including pushing the top release button with no success. The strange part is that it will latch in the switch when not mounted in the dash. Thinking this might be a manufacturing defect or slight dimensional difference I purchased another light switch at Advance Auto. And had the same problem getting the ****/shaft to latch. Has anyone experienced this problem? And know of a part that will mount and latch correctly?

The OEM switch is re installed shows no corrosion and the wiring connection shows no signs of over heating as others have experienced. And for now, I again have all lights functioning.
Thanks.
I’ve added new life to other switches by applying DeOxit D-100 and manipulating the switch while it’s still wet. You would want to disconnect the switch or the negative battery terminal before doing that though. Add it to the connectors as well. It’s a product that cleans, lubricates, and protects electronics from corrosion. You can use it on switches, relays, etc…
 

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