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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:30 pm

I was wondering.... when I turn on my headlight switch the headlights come on but I am getting no instrument lighting. Sometimes one upper instrument light will come on but most of the time they are not. Could the switch be bad?
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Re: headlight switch

Post by Big M on Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:46 pm

steveo wrote:I was wondering.... when I turn on my headlight switch the headlights come on but I am getting no instrument lighting. Sometimes one upper instrument light will come on but most of the time they are not. Could the switch be bad?

Sounds like the resistor wire in the rheostat is bad, or has corrosion from lack of use.

Try turning the large knob beneath the headlight knob back and forth numerous times, sometimes that will clean the corrosion from the contacts. if not, the switch will have to come out for further inspection or replacement.

Check to be sure the dash bulbs are not shot, I have seen cars where nearly all the bulbs were bad, and was misdiagnosed as a bad headlight switch.

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Post by 58plym on Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:06 pm

Good advise John even before I read your reply I had the same thing in mind. Seems like if one bulb works sometime, It could have a bunch of bad bulbs. Smile


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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:47 pm

I did check the other bulbs and a spinal tap was almost needed to survive the body position to check the bulbs in general.I am only 44 yrs old too. I did find all the bulbs to be in good condition, I wish they were burnt. So the switch looks likely to be the culprit? I removed the switch and checked the wiring and it is all intact so at this point there must be a defect in the switch? It won't light up the headlights and instrument lights at the same time.
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Post by 58plym on Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:52 pm

44 years old you are just a pup, Im pushing 70 and I still work under the dashes. Im just a smaller guy I only weigh 150 , It is not too hard for me to et under turn upside down and all those other funny things to work under a dash. lol! Hee! Hee!


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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:18 pm

I have an idea, could you come up to me in Washington and I will pay the greyhound bus fare for you to come and work under my dash ? I will even feed and give you room and board? :rabbit: It is only about a 6 hr trip.
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Re: headlight switch

Post by Big M on Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:16 pm

Steve,

Once the switch is out, there is a porcelain circular disc visible within. One side will have what appears to be a spring wound around the center of it. This is the resistor wire, check to ensure it is not broken, or there is green corrosion on the contacts. This is a very common problem with cars that have been setting.

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