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Old April 1st, 2005, 10:32 PM
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Angry Lucas, the Prince of Darkness...still at it...

So, I had an issue about a month ago where all of my lights went out on me (of course I was driving down a narrow farm road at night). When I got back to my house, the parking lights would work when I would switch to that selector, but when I flipped the switch to headlamps I got nothing...no headlights, parking lights, dash lights - ZERO.

I ordered PRC3430 (a new switch) and pulled the steering cover apart to swap switches. Before buttoning everything back up, I wanted to make sure it was indeed the culprit so I plugged it in and put the keys in the ignition and set it to ON and turned the switch to headlights = ON. Lo and behold, I have lights again!

So, I take the keys out and button everything back up. 30 minutes later (and now dark outside), I fire up the 90 and go to turn on the headlights...nothing doing w/ the headlights. ARRRRRGH! However, parking lights and the dash lights are ok this time with the switch selector to headlights....hmmmm...very odd. All fuses are ok...now I am VERY confused.

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Old April 1st, 2005, 11:46 PM
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Check your ground connections. If a bad ground exsists the switch will fry itself.

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Old April 5th, 2005, 06:39 PM
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check power is getting to the headlights
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Old April 5th, 2005, 06:55 PM
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I had a very similar thing happen to me last week. No lights, no fan, no windshield wipers. It turned out to be dirty fuse contacts. I did check the fuses and they were fine. I cleaned the fuse contacts and the problem is now solved.
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Old April 6th, 2005, 03:17 AM
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Our Discovery 1 lost it's main & dip beams amd the main beam warning light came on in the cab whenever the lights were turned on. Turned out to be corroded contactson the connectors to the bulbs I discovered after dismantling the steering column switch gear and half of the dashboard
Turned out that all that was needed was vasaline in the terminal blocks at the headlamps (and a new terminal [in the fullness of time] because the resistance caused by the corrosion had caused everything to get so hot that the plastic melted) LUCAS Prince of Fire Starters
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More darkness struck this week too. I smashed a side light whilst off roading last Sunday, all the lights at the front stopped working in protest after I replaced the sidelight unit
Connections that had lain undisturbed for 20 years didn't respond well to being pulled about
Earths failed to earth, 12 volts would magicly dissappear when a lamp was plugged in and all the fuse holders became nonconductive for a while
Lost of wire brushing, waxoyl and soldering new terminals finally got everything shining and tooting as it should - took a day though!!!!!!!!!!!
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