Head Light


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omegarecs
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Head Light

Postby omegarecs » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:56 pm



I am trying to figure out why at night when I put my lights on bright their is a brief pause before it actually goes to bright. Is this normal or does it mean another $100.00 lol Thanks for the input.



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Re: Head Light

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:36 pm

The lighting system in brief....
high power 12 volts is provided to 2 relays....one for the low beam and the other for the high beam.
low power 12 volts is also routed to the start switch.
from there it is passed to the "Hi/LO" switch.
Finally it ends up at the relays to make them "click on".
If you only notice the "delay" on the high beam and never the low beam,the first point of interest is the high beam relay.....Swap it with the low beam relay(no cost inured yet).....I suspect the contacts are bad....Test it again...Obviously if the high beam now works normally,replace that relay that was there.

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Re: Head Light

Postby Fiberthree » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:50 pm

I second that. The relay could be slow to engage also. But as virgilmobile said, the contacts could be dirty. The combination of current flow and road vibration are what makes it eventually pass the 12v. You might even be able to pop it open and spray it with contact cleaner.
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Re: Head Light

Postby omegarecs » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:51 pm

Ok thanks a million.

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Re: Head Light

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:17 pm

Don't forget to let us know what you find...It can help someone else too. :)

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Re: Head Light

Postby omegarecs » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:51 pm

Ok today I switched the relays and it did the same thing thier was no difference. now what???

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Re: Head Light

Postby Fiberthree » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:27 am

Next I would focus on the headlight switch and clean it with contact cleaner spray. Most of the switches and sockets have a dielectric grease on them that is used to prevent corosion. Over time this grease may collect dirt and grime and even solidify, preventing good contact. A shot of contact cleaner can often help. This happened to my emergency flasher and cruise control switches causing them to be slow to operate.
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Re: Head Light

Postby omegarecs » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:29 pm

Switched was cleanded and problem solved. Thanks a million




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