blinking lights

Discussion in 'Other Repairs' started by johnboat, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. johnboat

    johnboat New Member

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    ok, heres a problem i've asked alot of people about, but no one can come up with the right answer...I bought a old (1976 ford 350) rv to take on short fishing trips.. everythings original in it ..only got 73000 actual miles..anyway, i was out late one night, and the headlights started to flicker, then went off and on, like i was using the pull-switch...got kind of hairy till i got home.. a neighbor told me to wire a ground from the headlights which i did, coming straight out of the headlights to the chassie... did'nt seem to help..another guy told me it could be the dimmer switch not grounded properly, so i take it off, sand the metal bare and put it back.. no luck...anyone got anymore ideas i can try ?? i really would like to get this thing going for night time fishing.. :confused:
     
  2. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    My guess would be you have a cut or worn thru wire some where, follow the wires from the switch to the lights and battery. Also I would look for any loose connections.
     

  3. Chuckb

    Chuckb New Member

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    I have had numerous vehicles that did the same thing and it was always a faulty dimmer switch. Have you tried replacing it?
     
  4. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Also check to see if there is a headlight relay installed. If so, that one item can give you fits of all kinds. Could also be the switch itself. Couple things to check.
     
  5. jim

    jim New Member

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    HeHeHe sure pays to have a few "oldtimers" around that remember the ideosyncrasies of the older vehicles.I'm betting on the dimmer switch!!!!
     
  6. Chuckb

    Chuckb New Member

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    Old Timers!!! Thats not very nice Jim lol.
     
  7. Koda

    Koda New Member

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    just a thought, I had a 73 ford 3/4 ton and the light switch had a bimetal breaker built into the headlight switch itself, my lights would do the same as yours and found it by accident when I touched the switch and it was warm, replaced the switch and cured the problem
    Luck David
     
  8. Dave53

    Dave53 New Member

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    my money would be on the dimmer switch..same thing used to happen to me. Got to where they would go completely out and I would have to hit the dimmer switch a couple times for the lights to come back on but it started out like you were saying blinking every now and then.. had to jury rig them one night when they didnt come back on! Little harry doing 55 with a boat behind ya..
     
  9. jason454ci

    jason454ci Active Member

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    Might also check the headlight switch itself. Seen alot of them go bad and cause similar problems. Usually they will start getting pretty warm when the problem is occuring. Could also be that dimmer switch or loose connections or bad wires.
     
  10. johnboat

    johnboat New Member

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    OK guys,

    i'll take all your advice , and see what happens.. alot of good ideas there..
    now all i need is about 2 or 3 hours of daylight after work, and an open parts store... i'll let you all know how it turns out...thanks all !! :)
     
  11. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    you need a new dimmer switch. Even if it is something else the switch is the place to start but more likely than not that will fix your problem.
     
  12. Chuckb

    Chuckb New Member

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    Hey dude why did you give me a negative rep point? I was trying to help you. lol
     
  13. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    WOW, I got a NEG. rep point for that johnboat?????
     
  14. jim

    jim New Member

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    Whats with the negative reports?????????
     
  15. johnboat

    johnboat New Member

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    jim, spoonfish, and chuckb, (and any i missed...) i did'nt mean to give you all negative reports, and if i could change them i sure would... i was was half sick on my feet when i hit the wrong buttons that night.. if i can get a mod to change it i will.. you guys are the best, and deserve alot more positive rep points...again, sorry.... :crying:
     
  16. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    Thanks bro. no problem. Did you get the lights fixed?
     
  17. johnboat

    johnboat New Member

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    spoon, i'll know tonight ..lol.. it's now 5:50 a,m and i'm gonna try to get ready for work... :blink:
     
  18. jim

    jim New Member

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    Not to worry ,we was just joshing you anyway.Hope the light problem is fixed
     
  19. johnboat

    johnboat New Member

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    "And there i was..out on the highway just crusing along, rain coming down in sheets, then it happened.. the lights started doing their "thing" again"... and yep, i replaced the dimmer, checked the grounds, etc.. looks like its time for a new(?) pull type light switch itself...its a bummer trying to get this thing worked out, but i ain't giving up..just hard to figure things out when i'm not savvy in this type of area..lol...bet i spent a whole night, trying to find a wiring diagram off of the internet...no luck...and so continues the story...lol..
    by the way spoon, i see you're from warsaw.. i use to live in buffalo, till i got "transplanted" here by the wife.... :p
     
  20. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    Hey Johnboat, I live over in Fairbury, and would be glad to wander over that way on a Saturday and see if I could be of any assitance with your lights. Not saying I can fix them but have worked on a few during my life. Mostly my own but am always willing to help out. Dick