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Old 07-10-2010, 08:26 PM
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Default Losing my lights!

Last couple mornings (for those of you who don't know, i have a PT job that requires me to drive my truck for a couple hours in the dark), but my lights will flicker making them go off.

I'll mess with the light switch (it's a pull handle), to get them to stay on.

Any how a young kid at work who's a diesel mechanic by trade said it could either be my alternator is going bad, or my A/C clutch is drawing amps away from other electrical power.

I thought maybe a I have short some where. I'm going to clean my battery terminals, don't know if that will help.

Any suggestions.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:03 PM
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I'll mess with the light switch (it's a pull handle), to get them to stay on.
I think you already answered your own question. And btw, I hate to say it but your mechanic doesn't sound qualified to service a lawn mower.
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:38 AM
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I think you already answered your own question. And btw, I hate to say it but your mechanic doesn't sound qualified to service a lawn mower.
Oh he's not my mechanic. He's somebody I work with that happens to be a metal head and a certified mechanic, but certification doesn't mean much to me unless you put it into practice.
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Yeah. He probably couldn't fix a go-cart.

Take the light switch out and check the wire connections. Replace the switch if there is nothing obviously wrong.
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:40 AM
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Since you have to fiddle with the switch, I would look at that first. If that checks out, then look for a short. My guess is that you'll stop at the switch.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:48 AM
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Yeah. He probably couldn't fix a go-cart.

Take the light switch out and check the wire connections. Replace the switch if there is nothing obviously wrong.
Okay. I'll give it a try. I'm also going to got get my alternator tested at Autozone "just in case."

I think it only does it on high beams. Does that indicate anything?
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:55 AM
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I think it only does it on high beams. Does that indicate anything?
Actually yes. It could also be the multi-function switch (the lever on the steering wheel). However since it changes when you jiggle the headlight switch, I still think the culprit is the headlight switch.
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:25 AM
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Actually yes. It could also be the multi-function switch (the lever on the steering wheel). However since it changes when you jiggle the headlight switch, I still think the culprit is the headlight switch.
I know nothing about electrical work so I'm probably going to get it in somewhere. I hate not having a good mechanic yet even though I've lived here 6 years. I just haven't found one I like yet.

But it's happening more frequently now and since I really need healights I'd better do something quick.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:42 PM
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Actually yes. It could also be the multi-function switch (the lever on the steering wheel). However since it changes when you jiggle the headlight switch, I still think the culprit is the headlight switch.
Well I believe in people with good hearts. A friend of mine, her husband came over after work and looked at it. He's an aircraft mechanic for the Air Force and has worked on numerous cars before.

It's the headlight switch. He showed me where the prong was starting to melt on the plastic part (I'm sure the're official words for this stuff).

But I need to buy a new headlight switch. Should solve th problem.
So you were right and I suspected something like this but since I'm ignorant to the world of electronics. So tomorrow I'll get a new switch and he'll be over after work to help put everything back together.

Thank you all for your input. I'm slowly but surely learning something new every day.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:51 AM
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No problem. It should be an easy swap.
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:07 PM
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I decided that since I'm had time to kill today waiting for my friend to come over and fix my headlight issue I would figure out why my fog lights weren't working. They aren't OEM ones. Ones I picked up a long time ago but don't fit into original bracket.

So I drilled a hole in the bracket and hung them from there. The left one has a slight tilt b/c the bracket is slightly bent from something at some time or another. I painted the valance and cover the holes where the fog lights would have originally gone but b/c the bracket is a rear set in and these lights are a top or bottom fit that's just the way I did it. I wasn't going for flashy fit, just to get them working.

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Old 07-15-2010, 09:45 AM
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So the three or 4 guys (mostly 28 yrs and younger) that I work with mock me constantly about my truck.
But I tell them, hey, my truck will crush your fancy piece of crap rice burners, fiber glass made cars.
And they don't make trucks like mine any more. When I slammed into a guard rail I can tell you had it been a newer model the damage would have been much worse, but instead all I have to do it go to the junk yard and get a fender and a front bumper (it buckled a little) and order some part off ebay or LMC truck.
I don't know about these young people.
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