Ford Escort Manual

Switches - removal and refitting
Electrical system / Switches - removal and refitting


General
1 Disconnect the battery negative terminal before removing any switches.

Pre-1986 models
Wiper delay switch
2 Remove the switch knob and the bezel nut.

3 Withdraw the switch through the parcel tray and disconnect it from the wiring harness.

4 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Rear foglamp, heated rear window, rear window wash/wipe switches 5 Using a screwdriver carefully prise the switch from the facia panel (see illustration).

4.5 Rear window wash/wipe switch removal - pre-1986 models
4.5 Rear window wash/wipe switch removal - pre-1986 models

6 Disconnect the wiring multi-plug and remove the switch.

7 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Steering column multi-function switches
8 Undo the screws and remove the upper and lower steering column shrouds.

9 Undo the switch retaining screws, disconnect the wiring multiplug and remove the switch (see illustration).

4.9 Steering column multi-function switch removal pre-1986 models A Switch
4.9 Steering column multi-function switch removal pre-1986 models A Switch retaining screws

10 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Load space lamp switch - all models except Cabriolet
11 Open the tailgate and release the four trim panel fasteners.

12 Disconnect the lead from the switch and remove the switch retaining screw.

13 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Local space lamp switch - Cabriolet models
14 Open the boot lid and undo the switch retaining screw.

15 Withdraw the switch and disconnect the lead. Tape the lead to the rear panel to prevent it dropping in the hole.

16 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Courtesy lamp switch
17 Extract the screw securing the switch to the door pillar.

18 Withdraw the switch from its rubber shroud and disconnect the lead. Tape the lead to the pillar to prevent it dropping in the hole (see illustration).

4.18 Courtesy lamp switch removal from door pillar
4.18 Courtesy lamp switch removal from door pillar

19 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Ignition switch
20 Refer to Chapter 5, Part A.

Reversing lamp switch
Manual transmission
21 On manual transmission models the switch is located on the forward facing side of the transmission housing beneath the clutch release lever.

22 Working in the engine compartment disconnect the switch wiring and unscrew the switch.

23 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Automatic transmission
24 On automatic transmission models the reversing lamp switch is combined with the starter inhibitor switch, and reference should be made to Chapter 7, Part B.

Stop-lamp switch/handbrake warning switch
25 Refer to Chapter 9.

Heater blower motor switch 26 Remove the switch knob by carefully pulling it off.

27 Depress the two tangs and withdraw the switch from the facia (see illustration).

4.27 Removing the heater blower motor switch - pre-1986 models
4.27 Removing the heater blower motor switch - pre-1986 models

28 Disconnect the wiring and remove the switch.

29 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Electric window switch
30 Carefully lever the switch from the armrest and disconnect the multi-plug connector.

31 Refit by reversing the removal operations.

Loudspeaker balance control joystick 32 Disconnect the battery.

33 Use a screwdriver and carefully prise free the balance control bezel (see illustration).

4.33 Removing the speaker balance control bezel - pre-1986 models
4.33 Removing the speaker balance control bezel - pre-1986 models

34 Pull free the cassette stowage box from its aperture.

35 Rotate the securing clip anti-clockwise to remove it and the balance control from the box (see illustration). Detach the wiring multi-plug.

4.35 Speaker balance control removal - pre-1986 models
4.35 Speaker balance control removal - pre-1986 models

A Releasing the securing clip B Balance control removal from stowage box

36 Refit in the reverse order of removal.

1986 models onwards
Note: With the exception of the switches listed in the following paragraphs, removal and refitting of all switches is as described previously in this Section for pre-1986 models.

Heated windscreen/rear window, rear foglamp switches
37 Undo the two screws, carefully remove the instrument panel bezel then prise out the switch with a screwdriver (see illustration).

4.37 Rear foglamp switch removal - models from 1986 onwards
4.37 Rear foglamp switch removal - models from 1986 onwards

38 Disconnect the wiring multi-plug and remove the switch.

39 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Steering column multi-function switches
40 Remove the steering wheel (Chapter 10).

41 Undo the screws and remove the upper and lower steering column shroud (see illustrations).

4.41a Unscrewing the steering column shroud upper . . .
4.41a Unscrewing the steering column shroud upper . . .

4.41b . . . and lower retaining screws
4.41b . . . and lower retaining screws

42 Undo the retaining screws and remove the switch from the steering column.

43 Disconnect the switch wiring multi-plug.

44 If removing the direction indicator multifunction switch, remove the hazard flasher switch and relay if required.

45 Refitting is a reversal of removal, but refit the steering wheel with reference to Chapter 10.

Heater blower motor switch 46 Carefully pull off the three heater control knobs.

47 Undo the two retaining screws and remove the heater control panel (see illustration).

4.47 Heater control panel retaining screw locations - 1986 models onwards
4.47 Heater control panel retaining screw locations - 1986 models onwards

48 Undo the two switch panel-to-facia securing screws and withdraw the panel.

49 Depress the two tabs on either side of the switch and remove the switch.

50 Disconnect the switch wiring multi-plug.

51 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Door mirror control switch 52 Using a thin screwdriver carefully prise the switch out of its location in the facia.

53 Disconnect the wiring multi-plug and remove the switch.

54 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Loudspeaker balance control joystick 55 Disconnect the battery then remove the instrument panel as described in Section 9.

56 Carefully prise off the trim bezel using a screwdriver.

57 Turn the retaining clip anti-clockwise and remove the clip.

58 From within the instrument panel aperture disconnect the wiring multi-plug and remove the unit.

59 Refit in the reverse order of removal.


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