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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:55 am 
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The headlights are on, the switch is off.

Ouch.

Yup, no tools, no jumpers. Only a spare partially charged 9 year old battery
that came out of the cooper last month and a mini crescent wrench.
Enough to tell me the lights won't go off, and not enough to crank it
over, have to leave it in the lot all night.

Back tomorrow with a fullly charge batt and a spare console switch.

Might finally have closure to the radio mystery. Had to wire it direct
last year, it went out. Only clue was an illuminated 'brights' indicator
on the dash with key off, my bets were on the turn signal switch.
I hate bypassing things, could not get factory radio power wire
to work, so just wired the radio direct with a fuse tap.

Would be keen to know what the real culprit was....

Gremlins, Karma? or Monday..!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:20 pm 
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My guess switch done melted and or switch plug.!
They do that because of the type of wiring circuitry
I've never under stood what they were thinking when the dreamed that up
Two fuses Left HLight & Right HLight @(20A)

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I would eliminate everything under your hood and from the taillight foward up to the dash
an that would narrow you search to in front of the steering wheel and under the windshield
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you should really think about the upgrade....
were you add a couple relays between the headlight switch and the headlight them selve's
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:34 pm 
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I suspect it's just the switch.

Easiest thing would be to swap it out with a spare and see.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:50 pm 
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Guessed right, swapped out the console and all good.

Guess we know how long the switches last,
27 years or 700,000 miles.

I've never had a problem with the wiring, and like the simple system,
no need to add relays, I don't think it's that high current for the
old school 9004 bulbs.

The guys that have problems at the fuse blocks, and or melted
connectors, well that's all resistance that's causing heat and problems.
So bad climate and corrosion, or dirty connectors.

If I get a chance to dissect the switch I'll post it up, I suspect
worn contacts or plastic failure. After all, the switch is only
a means to ground the wires and complete the circuit.

As far as the radio, I'll have to rewire it back up and see
if it works with the OE hot wire to see if that was the
problem. I'm guessing it was, the way the brights indicator
lit up when the radio went out..just a warning that the
headlamp switch was gonna fail completely.


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