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    Posted: 01-December-2019 at 6:10PM
Hello all, On my way home tonight, my dash lights would go on and off every so often. If i wiggled the headlamp switch they would come back on....also I would hear a "click" coming from under the  dash? Am I looking at a bad headlamp switch or cluster regulator?

 Also my wiper motor is slowing dying, has anyone here rebuilt theirs with success? If so any links to share?

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probably the dimming part of the switch??? starting to wear out?

 meaning the rheostat....


Edited by californiajohnny - 03-December-2019 at 1:52PM
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cluster regulator just controls the voltage to the gas gauge and such
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be aware that for a long time now( though I’m not sure if it extends back to our vintages), vehicles are required to be wired so that if the dash is dark, the rear of the car is dark.  It’s a safety thing.  If your headlights go out you’ll notice it, but if your taillight are out your dash goes out too— otherwise you’d not know until either you get pulled over or someone rams you from behind.  I’d first start looking for a new switch
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IIRC there's a circuit breaker inside the headlamp switch, it's dying

think about doing a headlamp relay set-up with the new switch,
it'll take load off the switch so it lasts forever and supply higher voltage to the headlamps so they run brighter

https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Headlight-Relay-Harness-Kit,58825.html
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that breaker is just for the head lights... had some years ago that the head lights would go off! one day i took a ford switch apart and found that breaker now i know what causes that Ermm
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thank you for all the advice/info, i ordered a new headlamp and high/low switch as well. Clap
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it could be as simple as the rheostat losing contact but the clicking sound suggests a breaker or relay resetting

hopefully your new switches will cure the glitch Thumbs Up
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Originally posted by Rockatansky Rockatansky wrote:

IIRC there's a circuit breaker inside the headlamp switch, it's dying

think about doing a headlamp relay set-up with the new switch,
it'll take load off the switch so it lasts forever and supply higher voltage to the headlamps so they run brighter

https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Headlight-Relay-Harness-Kit,58825.html

Added a relay kit similar to this, stopped my headlights from going out when the internal switch relay would overheat. my dash lights never went out though so I think its probably the dimmer part of the headlight switch.
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79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
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thank you. Clap
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Has anyone rebuilt their wiper motor with success?
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