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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 12, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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dash light / running light question

I have a 68 Camaro standard coupe. A few years back I wired the car with a painless wiring kit. At the time everything worked fine but the car sat for a few years now I am having trouble getting my running lights and dash lights working. I have replaced the headlight switch and made sure the gauge cluster was grounded well. I know that the running lights and dash lights work cause when I switch the wires on the headlight switch they all work. The only terminal on the headlight switch that is working is the one for the park lights. So it has power at first pull but not when the headlights are on. On a 68 this terminal does not get used correct? I have tried several headlight switches and multiple brands. Any idea what could be going on? Thanks for the help. Matt
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I'm not sure on 68's if the parking lights stay on when the headlights are on. I think that is the norm for 67's but not 69's where the parking lights stay on with the headlights.


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Parking lights and side markers stay ON with headlights on a '68 & '69.
You may have a '67 headlamp switch, no parking lights with headlights ON.

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Re: dash light / running light question

Sounds like you are getting power on the Orange wire but not the Red one??? But why doesn't the instrument lights work? Hmmm... Have you turned the switch knob all the way clockwise?

My '68 works this way:

First notch:
Orange (fused power) connects with Brown (running lights) and Dark Green (power to instrument lights rheostat)

Second notch (all the way out):
Sams as above plus Red (battery power) connects to Light Blue (headlight dimmer switch).

Rheostat is in-between the Orange and Dark Green wire terminals w/in the switch. When rotated fully and into the "notch", White is grounded to turn on courtesy lights.

There is an open socket in the plug/connector between the Dark Green and Brown if traveling in a circle around the plug. There is a second open socket between the Orange and Light Blue, as well.


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Re: dash light / running light question

Turning the knob doesn't do anything. I do have power to the red wire but have nothing to the orange wire. Could this be the problem? What could be causing the Orange wire to not get power?
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Re: dash light / running light question

I figured it out. My horn fuse was bad. Thanks for the help. Matt
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Re: dash light / running light question

Wow. I didn't know the horn HAD a fuse... Maybe you mean the TAIL fuse???


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No it was the horn fuse. Like i said it is a painless wiring kit so maybe there was not one on the factory fuse panel.
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Ah. OK. Thanks for the reply. I won't have to change any of my note, then. ;-)


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Re: dash light / running light question

for the search feature! I too was having issues with my dash lights and parking lights. Painless wiring also and came upon this thread. Checked the horn fuse and "bingo" blown! Who would of thunk it?

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