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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 11, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Headlights wont come on

For some reason my headlights in my 68 camaro have stopped working. None of the fuses are blown, and I've replaced the switch with a brand new one. Still I get nothing when I turn them on.

Checked all the wring and everything seems to be intact.

Need Advice...Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated?

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Dimmer switch on floorboard working?

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Re: Headlights wont come on

Make sure the bulbs aren't burned out.

Mash the dimmer switch with reckless abandon.

Test light dimmer input and output.

As you can tell, my guess is a faulty dimmer switch.


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Did you check the fusable links?
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Checked the fuses, but not the dimmer. Will check that when I go back out there. Thanks!

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Re: Headlights wont come on

I'll bet it's the dimmer. Those things always seem to have problems.

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Yep,,dimmer switch. It has 3 wires. Middle wire is power 12vdc. Other 2 wires are low beam and high beam.

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Re: Headlights wont come on

I FINALLY got this car out of garage, and you guys were dead right. The switch was completely broken!

I have absolutely no idea how this happened, but the wire contact part was completely broken off from the rest of the switch. I bought a new switch for 5$, bolted it in, and "POOF" the lights came on.

Thanks for the help guys. You all are the greatest

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Re: Headlights wont come on

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I FINALLY got this car out of garage, and you guys were dead right. The switch was completely broken!

I have absolutely no idea how this happened, but the wire contact part was completely broken off from the rest of the switch. I bought a new switch for 5$, bolted it in, and "POOF" the lights came on.

Thanks for the help guys. You all are the greatest
Good job!

Just for reference, the headlights aren't protected by the fuses. The headlight switch has an internal circuit breaker. If there is an overload you won't be stuck with totally inop lights, just intermittent.

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