Convenience Light Switches

General Procedure for Removing Mercury Hood and Trunk Convenience Lighting Switches

  • Check for hood and/or trunk convenience lighting switches in these cars and trucks:
    Chrysler 1998 and older
    Ford 2001 and older
    General Motors 2002 and older
    Volvo 1991 and older
    Audi 100 1977–1988
    Audi 200 1980–1988
    Mazda Navajo 1993–1997
    Mazda B-Series Pickup 1995–1999
    Porsche 1976–1991
  • Disconnect the battery.
  • Locate the lighting assembly under the vehicle trunk and/or hood.
  • Cut the power supply to the fixture.
  • Remove any fasteners to separate the entire lighting assembly from the vehicle.
  • Break open the lighting assembly to expose the mercury switch capsule (a sealed metal pellet). Small flathead screwdrivers and wire cutters are often the only tools that are required.
  • Remove the mercury switch capsule (using a small screwdriver) if possible and place it in the Switch Out collection container. Replace the lid on the container. The remaining plastic/metal from the lighting assembly can be disposed of with regular waste.

 

General Procedure for Removing Mercury Vanity Mirror Sunvisor Switches

  • Check for vanity mirror sunvisor switches in the following cars:
    Volvo 1986–1991, except for the 240
  • Disconnect the battery.
  • Locate the lighting assembly in the sunvisor.
  • Cut the power supply.
  • Remove the lighting assembly.
  • Remove the mercury switch from the assembly if possible and place it in the Switch Out collection container. Replace the lid on the container. The remaining plastic/metal from the lighting assembly can be disposed of with regular waste.

 

List of vehicles that may contain mercury convenience lighting switches 120 KB
Detailed removal instructions for mercury convenience light switches 208 KB
Switch removal demonstrations are available on the Video page  


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