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Old 06-29-2017, 03:44 PM
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62 buick light switch or dash connector?

i put a new headlight switch in after i cleaned and redid all the solder tracks on the back of the dashboard panel.

for almost a year now the dash lites worked good, now they are all off, except the lights below the dash for the controls, all do what they should (dim with the headlight knob)

wouldn't that mean the switch is good but not the connector on the back of the dash panel (instrument cluster). i had one important pin that wasn't liking it's connection to the board too well. i am thinking that might be the pin for the little lights in the instrument cluster.

another fun thing popped up last night, the headlights would go off and on! but only with the brights on! once i turned them off, the headlights stopped flickering.

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Old 06-29-2017, 04:33 PM
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You would be right.One little pin will be enough to cause trouble.

The headlights going out is going to be a weak circuit breaker inside the switch.

When you changed to low beams the current draw on the switch went down to a level it could tolerate.

Replace the switch.
Or wire the high beams with a relay, so the only the relay coil will be drawing on the switch, lightening the current draw a lot.
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X2 with putting the headlights on relays.
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:26 PM
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use any kind of relay holder? or just use spade connectors? was a cheapo light switch.
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Spade connectors work just fine, until you need to remove the relay ...... walk away.......then try and remember which wire goes where. That's when I stared using the relay mounts that slide onto each other.... makes it fool proof.

I do still have a bank of 4 for my windows that are hidden behind a kick panel that are spade connectors, but that's because there wasn't room behind the kick panel........ I used clear silicon to kinda glue the wires together along with a zip tie. it works but doesn't look as neat.
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thanks i picked one up for about $6. but will use for my elec fuel pump on my truck instead, since after i refreshed the grounds for each of my headlights, it stopped tripping my switch's ckt bkr
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