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Old September 11th, 2013, 11:43 PM
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NoVa area... Headlight Switch

Gents, against a time crunch again. Seems as though my headlight switch finally gave up the ghost and again, I need to get the 90 operational by Friday. Any NoVa folks have a headlight switch handy? Either part number AMR6104 or PRC3430. If not, I may try to solder it temporarily. Thanks
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Old September 12th, 2013, 12:07 AM
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Yeah, Ive had the IPF one for months now...in storage.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 09:13 AM
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Rugbier is slight away from NOVA but was selling one (not sure part #).
You can still overnight it.
If your goal is just "running", then just use wires to act as the switch. That's how I drove down to MAR from here a few years ago (and back).

BTW, I am interested in your burnt out switch! I'd like to use one on my toylander project.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 10:15 AM
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Rugbier is slight away from NOVA but was selling one (not sure part #).
You can still overnight it.
If your goal is just "running", then just use wires to act as the switch. That's how I drove down to MAR from here a few years ago (and back).

BTW, I am interested in your burnt out switch! I'd like to use one on my toylander project.

I don't know what it looks like in the switch, but I assume jumping it is pretty self-explanatory? I'll save you the old switch when I get a new one in next week.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 10:32 AM
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I don't know what it looks like in the switch, but I assume jumping it is pretty self-explanatory? I'll save you the old switch when I get a new one in next week.
Very self explanatory.

You could easily refurbish the switch by cleaning the contacts and soldering on new pads.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 11:16 AM
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Depends how bad the switch is. I've seen them melt/deform.

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Good point Jeff...I guess I am being idealistic.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 11:33 AM
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Ok, found some threads where my symptoms matched with a faulty turn signal stalk. So no trail fix for that one I assume? Anyone got a turn signal stalk local?
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Old September 12th, 2013, 12:01 PM
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I have a spare one...

Also, try moving it slowly. When mine went, I could turn it on by slowly moving the switch forward and then leaving it in between the contacts. I finally replaced it. But, ran it like that for years.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 12:12 PM
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Thanks Scott, Ill give it a try. Unfortunately, Im in DC so trying to reach out to the NoVa fellas.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 12:28 PM
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Not good news for Loic, but the easiest is to cut the harness on the switch side so you have the plug still in the harness for the new one, and then short those wires together to turn the lights one. If you use those twist on wire nuts it's easy to do.

I actually have one of those pigtails here but it's probably not worth the effort trying to get it from me.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 12:48 PM
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Not good news for Loic, but the easiest is to cut the harness on the switch side so you have the plug still in the harness for the new one, and then short those wires together to turn the lights one. If you use those twist on wire nuts it's easy to do.

I actually have one of those pigtails here but it's probably not worth the effort trying to get it from me.
Im fairly sure its the turn signal switch now. You dont have one laying around do you? I read your wiring ordeal you had a while back regarding this. Wonder if there is a workaround.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 12:50 PM
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No, sorry. But if it's just affecting the headlights you can still bypass the switch I think. Wouldn't want to hack up your switch wiring to figure it out but you can jumper at the connectors to prove/disprove it will work.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 12:54 PM
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No, sorry. But if it's just affecting the headlights you can still bypass the switch I think. Wouldn't want to hack up your switch wiring to figure it out but you can jumper at the connectors to prove/disprove it will work.
Ill give it a shot. Im still wondering if I may have caused this from the LED install. Thanks
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Old September 12th, 2013, 02:47 PM
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Depends how bad the switch is. I've seen them melt/deform.

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Yes, mine melted/deformed. With enough will, it can be rebuilt (with a Bakelite plate/whatever substrate is used in a printed circuit board and some rivets, not rocket science in there!)
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Old September 12th, 2013, 02:57 PM
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Not good news for Loic, but the easiest is to cut the harness on the switch side so you have the plug still in the harness for the new one, and then short those wires together to turn the lights one. If you use those twist on wire nuts it's easy to do.

I actually have one of those pigtails here but it's probably not worth the effort trying to get it from me.
The plug would probably have to go anyway since I would not have the one from the harness! no... No harm!
Side note, if you are considering this: pulling the switch was easy from what I remember and opening it was also decently easy. The contact in my case had melted through the board and that was easy to see.

If that helps troubleshooting: in my case high beams were working (only when using the momentary position of the switch???), I want to say that the parking lights were working but the low beam were definitely not. It was fun driving in pitch dark night.... Got t practice the "use incoming light to see side of the road" technic I was taught many years ago.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 03:11 PM
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I think I still have an old turn signal switch that I believe is good but I do know that the horn button is missing...not sure if this helps and I can confirm that the switch didn't get tossed tonight if needed
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Old September 12th, 2013, 08:55 PM
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Resolved...not really but renting a car until it's fixed. And as usual, I'm going to throw parts at it until it works... Thanks all.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 09:12 PM
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Resolved...not really but renting a car until it's fixed. And as usual, I'm going to throw parts at it until it works... Thanks all.
Damn man...you need to just start driving this thing, and only fix what actually breaks .
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Damn man...you need to just start driving this thing, and only fix what actually breaks .
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