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Old December 11th, 2008, 08:57 PM
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All lights seem dim

All my lights seem to be dim (headlights, instrument cluster...but the turn signals seem brighter than ever). I don't think its the battery because the car turns right over. For a big V8, i imagine it needs a lot of juice anyway.
Could it be my alternator? How could i check?
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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Congrats on your new truck John!

The instrument cluster lights are going to be dim - they all are. And very likely the headlights are going to be dimmer than you'd expect, but it's a bit subjective. You could make sure you have good grounds (you can run a tempory ground to the bulb and see if it gets brighter as a test).

If you search the forums you'll see people have upgraded headlights in various ways, the cheapest is just trying a new set (standard type).

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Old December 12th, 2008, 09:01 AM
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Old December 12th, 2008, 11:37 AM
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You may want to try replacing bulbs as they dim with age. Try something simple like a headlight bulb and see if a new one is dramatically brighter.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 11:38 AM
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I think its probably a ground issue going up to the gauge lights... the indicator lights all work very brightly... and the clock/lighter light looks pretty decent as well.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 01:12 PM
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john,
i just went through the same thing with my defender that i just got this summer. i replaced the headlights with hella e-codes of the same wattage without upgrading the wiring harness and just doing that made a huge difference in the brightness of the low beam headlamps. one tip, when you reconnect the wiring to the headlamp clean the connectors and then use dielectric grease, it will help avoid trouble later. when i get around to it i plan on just replacing the bulbs on the instrument cluster possibly with led bulbs. to do that appears to require disconnecting the speedometer so i have been putting that off.
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