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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 06, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Headlights and guage lights surge

I have a 67 camaro and the electrical system seems to be in good working order, with one exception. The headlights and interior guage lights surge in brightness, going from normal to extra bright. The engine rpm does not seem to matter, as it does it at idle as well as at highway speeds.
Also, the volt meter goes off the chart after a couple of minutes of the headlights being on.
Do I have a short somewhere, or what needs to checked out to find the source of these two problems if they are related?
Any assistance is appreciate!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 06, 09:35 AM
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Re: Headlights and guage lights surge

What type of charging system do you have? Stock or one wire? If it's stock I would get one of the electronic (solid state) voltage regulators because they work much better than the old points style ones. As far as a one wire goes I would have the alternator bench tested.


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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 06, 10:08 AM
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Re: Headlights and guage lights surge

The electronic regulator is a Wells vr17. Autozone carries them. highly recommended.

I'd also make sure the regulator is securely grounded to the radiator support. Standard setup on a 67 would mount the reg with 3 rubber wellnuts and have a separate ground wire from the regulator base to a screw on the rad support. Check in the "what it is, Where it is" sticky in electrical for photo's.





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Re: Headlights and guage lights surge

I went with the Wells regulator a couple of years ago at the recomendation of someone on this site and it eliminated my surging and was maybe $10 or $12 if I remember correctly.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 06, 09:52 AM
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Re: Headlights and guage lights surge

Will this also work on a 69 rs/ss? My amp guage doesn't read (I bought a new one with no change) and my passenger headlight is always dim. Any suggestions.
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Re: Headlights and guage lights surge

yes, same item on all camaros, 6 or 8 cyl.

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Re: Headlights and guage lights surge

Mr. Black - I had the same problem w/ my passenger headlight.I took some sandpaper and cleaned the flat copper connectors inside the plug that goes onto the headlight and both sides of the connector for the headlight wires behind the battery (had to remove the battery)
at first it didn't help, but went back and cleaned them real good, and it did the trick.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 06, 10:10 AM
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Re: Headlights and guage lights surge

Thanx. I will try that.
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