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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-01-2013, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight switch, rubber grips peeling off

I did a quick search and didn't see anything related to this topic.
I noticed today, that the rubber grips on the headlight switch of my Oct. 2012 purchased RL peeling off. Has anyone else had this happen? I'm going to assume that my knee keeps contacting/bumping the switch upon climbing into the driverseat.
Is there an alternative switch that I can replace my stock switch with? Do the earlier models RL's have the same style switch?
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Re: Headlight switch, rubber grips peeling off

I'm not sure if they are interchangeable, but my 08 has a different switch. It is way less "aggressive" than yours. Im a tall guy and tend to hit my headlight switch with my knee often. Probably 3 or 4 times a week...and mine is still holding up after 4 years.
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Re: Headlight switch, rubber grips peeling off

You're under warranty - let the dealer take care of it.

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Re: Headlight switch, rubber grips peeling off

My 09 RTL did the same at 30k and the left heat knob at 50k. Kinda annoying but figure it should be easy self replacement job.
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Re: Headlight switch, rubber grips peeling off

I wish my '06 had those rubber tabs on the knobs. Be nice to have that "non-slip" surface.

Anybody know if the knobs are interchangeable between model years?
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I did a quick search and didn't see anything related to this topic.
I noticed today, that the rubber grips on the headlight switch of my Oct. 2012 purchased RL peeling off. Has anyone else had this happen? I'm going to assume that my knee keeps contacting/bumping the switch upon climbing into the driverseat.
Is there an alternative switch that I can replace my stock switch with? Do the earlier models RL's have the same style switch?
I have submitted a pic to go with this post.
This is off topic, but I noticed by this pic that this 2012 Ridge still doesnt have auto on/off headlights. Does anyone know why Honda does not have this on the Ridge? or if they do, what model? I leave my lights on A LOT and Im sure that had some to do with battery failure after only 4 years. Probably ran it dead 20 times. If Honda does not have auto lights, they should at least have a better buzzer system. Mine only buzzes with the key out of the ignition, and I rarely pull the key out. I assumed this was standard in all vehicles. Its been on every other vehicle ive owned since '02.
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Re: Headlight switch, rubber grips peeling off

That's why your auto-off light feature (standard since day 1) doesn't work. If you leave the key in the ignition, the lights stay on. Take the key out, and xx seconds later, the lights go off.



This will require a change in your habits. Either turn off the lights manually, or remove the key from the ignition if you leave the lights on. I suspect 99.999% of the people remove their keys from the ignition in this day and age (but that may be a low estimate).

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I did not know they were intended to be auto. Im familar with the type that you set to auto and leave it, or you can manually select if you desire.

I was raised in a small town (I graduated with 18) where few ever locked a vehicle or house...and on the farm it was rule from the time I could walk to NEVER remove a key. Too hard to keep track of that many keys and you never knew who would need something next...a neighbor maybe. It was not unsual for me to come home and a vehicle be missing. It always showed back up though...just a friend or neighbor used it. In fact, I know several people (and myself) that would get a vehicle and break the key off in the ignition so it could never be removed. I had a 98 chevy that I sold with nearly 200K and I dont think the key had ever been removed from the ignition.(unless my wife took it out). Most of my friends are still that way today. Just hard to break old habits.

I am going to pull the key tomorrow and see what happens with the headlights on. This is the time of year that I tend to leave the lights on. It is dark when I leave home, but daylight when I get to work. (I commute 41 each way). Im not sure what I would do with the bulky key though...maybe leave it on the console? I would be afaid of accidentally locking the key in then.
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Ah yes. The good ol' days. A thing of the past in most of our world these days.

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Re: Headlight switch, rubber grips peeling off

Bought mine with the same situation. I think the guy who owned it before me was enormous, because along with the headlight switch, he rubbed through the door seal, and the anti-whiplash headrest won't stay back.
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