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Post by andy99 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:43 am

I have just noticed that the car I bought a few months ago has no headlights working, only side lights. Any thoughts on where I look first, obviously trail and error to find the fault but is there a common problem on these.



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Post by peter freeman » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:20 am

Place to start is the switch - do the flashers work ?. Wiring drawings here :-
https://www.scimitarweb.co.uk/~nenoggins/Wiring.htm



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Post by andy99 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:29 am

Hi the flashers don't work either, if you pull the indicator stalk towards you nothing happens.



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Post by andy99 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:30 am

Should have said I have side lights



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Post by AJL Electronics » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:34 am

andy99 wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:30 am
Should have said I have side lights
If you have parking lights but no dip or main beam, it suggests an issue with the multiplug that connects to the loom under the steering column.


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Post by andy99 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:39 am

Thanks I'll try that at the weekend.



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Post by andy99 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:41 pm

I have just had a look at the wiring under the steering column and generally fiddled about with the connections and the lights came back, sadly they stopped working again soon after and only one side light now on. So that has tracked the problem down to the connector unfortunately I don't know which one fixed it so a process of elimination is now in order!!
Thanks for the advice though.



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Post by peter freeman » Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:05 pm

Look for the cable colours going into the connectors



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Post by andy99 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:30 pm

I will, and thanks for the wiring diagram, it's much easier in colour. TBH there are a few dodgy connections under there, quite a bit of insulation tape so it might be a good time to sort it out.



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Post by peter freeman » Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:52 pm

Normal for a car that old



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Post by andy99 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:46 pm

Hi All
Thanks for all the advice, thought I would update the post as it turned out to be the switch, which was working intermittently which in turn was why I was getting different amounts of lighting.



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Post by Terry Rickard » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:47 pm

Yep - switch is usual culprit; the nylon posts melt from the heat of the current going through switch, which is why it is best to fit relays :)



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