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Username Post: ...this sucks...        (Topic#366523)
tsegnit 
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09-26-21 11:48 AM - Post#2828003    

Everything working A-OK... upon arriving home, could not turn off headlights, had to disconnect battery. Discovered that headlight switch was very loose and upon removal, the ceramic was broken as well. Picked up new ("Standard" brand) switch. Can turn off headlights now, BUT when high beams are on, they start to flicker rapidly and bulkhead wire gets toasty (the entire front clip was treated to new wiring harnesses about a year ago).

Switched out the dimmer switch also; still NG.

Disconnected the high beams; low beams and turn signals not a prob.

So, we are stumped. Any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks................................

Life's Journey is not to Arrive at the Grave Safely in a Well preserved Body, rather to skid in Sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Thank you God, What a Ride!"'


 


Mercedes 
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09-26-21 12:24 PM - Post#2828010    
    In response to tsegnit

I would first check that master connection on the firewall under the hood. It is a known source for the wires to get loose in the plastic jacket.



 
DonSSDD 
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09-26-21 01:27 PM - Post#2828023    
    In response to Mercedes

The new reproduction headlight switch strikes again I’d bet, they have a circuit breaker inside them, a filament strip. I soldered an external circuit breaker to replace the strip or find an NOS one.

Send that new one back.

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Edited by DonSSDD on 09-26-21 01:29 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
tsegnit 
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09-26-21 04:53 PM - Post#2828049    
    In response to DonSSDD

not sure if it's a repop... came from O'REilly's Auto Parts and is a "STANDARD" electrical item. Have to dig a bit more... thanks...

Life's Journey is not to Arrive at the Grave Safely in a Well preserved Body, rather to skid in Sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Thank you God, What a Ride!"'


 
tsegnit 
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09-26-21 04:54 PM - Post#2828050    
    In response to Mercedes

...been there, done that. All seems kosher. Thanks for the reply...

Life's Journey is not to Arrive at the Grave Safely in a Well preserved Body, rather to skid in Sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Thank you God, What a Ride!"'


 
rrausch 
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09-26-21 05:14 PM - Post#2828053    
    In response to tsegnit

I've run relays for the headlights on my restorations for many years. The headlight switch controls the relay, which uses a small amount of current, while the relay handles the load of the headlights, which is a larger amount of current.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
55 Shaker 
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09-26-21 07:27 PM - Post#2828064    
    In response to rrausch

Here's what rrausch is talking about.
http://madelectrical.com/electricaltech/bright er-h...

Brian

The older I get, the more dangerous, I am !!!!


 
tsegnit 
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09-27-21 08:31 AM - Post#2828104    
    In response to rrausch

Def going to follow your recommendation, but only when I can isolate and fix the "flickering" high beam issue.... many thanks!

Life's Journey is not to Arrive at the Grave Safely in a Well preserved Body, rather to skid in Sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Thank you God, What a Ride!"'


 
tsegnit 
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09-27-21 08:32 AM - Post#2828105    
    In response to 55 Shaker

thanks for the link! I never realized the voltage drop....................

Life's Journey is not to Arrive at the Grave Safely in a Well preserved Body, rather to skid in Sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Thank you God, What a Ride!"'


 
55 Shaker 
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09-27-21 09:42 AM - Post#2828112    
    In response to tsegnit

This how you would fix the light problem. My 55.2 3100 Chevy truck lights would go out when I put the brights on. Wired in the relays, and no more problems.

The older I get, the more dangerous, I am !!!!


 
rrausch 
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09-28-21 04:30 AM - Post#2828151    
    In response to 55 Shaker

Thanks for posting the link to MadElectrical Brian. That's exactly where I got my supplies.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 


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