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The high beam indicator stopped working on my '97 SHO. It actually began working periodically, but very rarely. I thought at first there was a short in the high beam switch, but I tried wiggling the switch, and it doesn't make a difference. Before I pull the dash apart, is it probably the indicator bulb? Is it wise to replace all the illumination bulbs in the gauge cluster while its apart? Thanks.

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The high beam indicator stopped working on my '97 SHO. It actually began working periodically, but very rarely. I thought at first there was a short in the high beam switch, but I tried wiggling the switch, and it doesn't make a difference. Before I pull the dash apart, is it probably the indicator bulb? Is it wise to replace all the illumination bulbs in the gauge cluster while its apart? Thanks.
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It's really easy to replace the bulbs in your floor shift SHO. And I highly recommend replacing all the backlight bulbs if one or more are out. You could go ahead and do the other bulbs while you're in there. Beats having to do the job twice right?

Here are the instructions: http://www.taurusclub.com/wiki/index.php/1...r_Shift_Only%29

Take some needle nose plyers, and twist counterclockwise to remove the socket, then pull up. Make sure you keep your fingers off the bulb glass

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If it's a regular wedge bulb, you can touch the glass with no harmful consequences.


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It could also be a faulty DRL module. It can cause the high beam indicator to not work, or to stay on all the time.

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They're all just regular bulbs in the cluster (gauge and indicator lights), you can touch the glass. Halogen bulbs are the only bulb you can't touch.


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It could also be a faulty DRL module. It can cause the high beam indicator to not work, or to stay on all the time.
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Sorry, but what is a DRL module. If it causes it to work intermittently that could definitely be it. I would think a bulb would burn out, and stay out. It seems to have stopped working altogether again. It's never been on while on low beam. Thanks for all your help guys.

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Not necessarily. Could be loose or have an otherwise bad connection.

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