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darylglynn

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51 posts

49 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
...and not in a good way. My headlights are constantly on full beam regardless of which way I toggle the stalk much to the consternation of oncoming traffic . There is a small amount of flash but its on full dazzle mode pretty much. Even the dashboard beam indicator is blue/on. I guess there is a resistor someplace which aint working , would you guys know where it is.

On another note the fuel gauge reads empty all the time/knackered. Would you that be a fuse someplace? It was never how shall I say accurate ( ie reading half meant full, less than that empty ).

Drove in to work on Monday ( twas sunny in London ) , roof down. One child stopped his mum and pointed. One girl whistled. The usual.



mrzigazaga

11,311 posts

51 months

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Hi Mate..Hope you are keeping well...If you fancy a trip to greenwich park tomorrow morning for a "Sausage meet" as its re-opened for the public then we could have a look for you..Or check the fuses..remove steering column cowl and check wires..check connections to the headlights..swap relays aoround to see if it makes a difference..make sure you mark the one you remove for the headlights..The fuel sender could have a loose wire on the actual sender, Could just need cleaning and re-fitting..might be a knackered sender..They are from a mini or transit van..But check the obvious first..Ziga

GV

2,121 posts

110 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Don't drive at night lol! Seriously, my car has the same problem although it's reversed. when I get moment I'm going to adjust the lights as per the correct switch setting by adjusting the lights. But I was getting flashed too for my sins...


Wedg1e

24,978 posts

151 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Probably a fault with the column switch, it has two separate contacts for dip/main but both ultimately feed the same wire for main beam.

wooly350i

1,969 posts

94 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
From what I remember about the contacts when I had mine apart they can bend easily and make duff signals,it was just a case of bending it back to the right position for the switch.
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adam quantrill

7,727 posts

128 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
Or it could be "a pain in the diodes down the left hand side" ;^)

If you look in the fusebox area (yes the left hand side of the car) there are a couple of diodes involved in the dip/main switching, these could be fulty, very cheap and easy to replace.

jeff m2

1,368 posts

37 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Reducing the air in the front tyres by about 8 psi should get you on tracksmile

Before you start pulling stuff apart try spraying with a quality electrical contact cleaner.


darylglynn

Original Poster:

51 posts

49 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
No need to do anything, the wedge decided to address the problem intself. On the way home down Crystal Palace hill both headlights decided to go down and stay down. Generally a pull over and reflick of the swich solves this sort of thing, but not this time.
So that's it , problem solved - Strictly a car for daylight hours. I wager the wiring/connectors are a mess under there , so i will have to sort that out.

Mind you aside from the driving around in the dark the little thing is running like a dream , opened it up on the A23 on Sunday and it really goes and sounds great - 4 Cylinders , who would have thought!


Edited by darylglynn on Tuesday 9th October 09:41

mrzigazaga

11,311 posts

51 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
Hi Mate..Mine can be temperamental sometimes and i found it to be the wiring on the O/S pod motor..Give it a wiggle sorted!..The wiring hopefully will all get sorted sometime next year...Dont under estimate the pinto engines, They are very tuneable, Up to 200bhp...There are some mods that show an improvement which cost hardly any money...Maybe food for thought...Cheers..Ziga
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