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Dashboard lights?

Discussion in 'Interior' started by Jenny Frappell, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    I seem to be missing Dashboard lights. Should I have them? Is there a magical switch to turn them on?
    Also, my headlights are not terrible bright. I put my high beam on just in case. Glad I was in a built up area and not In the country!
     
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  2. Borgey

    Borgey Well-Known Member

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    Try turning the headlight switch to the right when the lights are on and that should brighten up the dash if it's wired up correctly????
     
  3. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    Whew, I will try that tonight. A bit hard to see in the daylight. Thanks.
     
  4. Borgey

    Borgey Well-Known Member

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    Any luck?
     
  5. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Ditto......

    Also following this thread, and waiting for a result....:rolleyes:
     
  6. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    No luck! The only lights I get are warning lights, indicators etc. hopefully it's just a faulty bulb. No more driving at night for me at the moment.
     
  7. Aspro

    Aspro Well-Known Member

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    Most likey a fuse or earth issue Jenny. There are 5 or so bulbs in your dash so it's unlikely they've all blown at once. Check your fuses.
     
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  8. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    Thanks, I will do that.
     
  9. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    Lights are working. A loose fuse. Thanks for all the advise.
     
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  10. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Another happy KC customer.....:)
     
  11. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    My Kombi makes me smile!
     
  12. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    As do all Kombi's....... but the smile is bigger, when everything works as it should. ;)
     
  13. tomhic

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    Someone may contradict me but I don't believe the two instrument panel lights are fused as power comes direct from the lighting switch.

    tom
     
  14. StevieVW

    StevieVW Well-Known Member

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    Parkloghts may not have been working either......
     
  15. Aspro

    Aspro Well-Known Member

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    Most likely main beams weren't working. That's perhaps why the lights seemed so dim. Just a thought.
     
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  16. StevieVW

    StevieVW Well-Known Member

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    I'd your right on the money there!
     
  17. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    Everything is working. Just not what I am used to. Can you replace the bulbs for something brighter easily?
     
  18. Aspro

    Aspro Well-Known Member

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    Yes Jenny. Just change your bulbs for brighter H4 upgrades. Don't know how readily available they are in Oz. Plenty for sale here in UK. Just check the chrome around your reflectors are still in good condition too.
     
  19. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean the same headlights are now dimmer?
    If so first check both sides are working with both beams.

    Check they are aligned.

    Then remove a headlight and pull the bulb.dont touch the glass.
    If its tubular its likely a halogen bulb.
    If globe likely its a tungsten.
    Should be marked as such.

    If the glass is showing signs of blackening , replace bulb.

    With a multimeter check voltages at the plug with engine off and running with at least 1500 revs.
    Likely around 12v engine off and nearer 12.5_13 with revs.

    If its a tungsten bulb you can replace with a halogen bulb.
    60/55 watt only. No higher as higher one draws more current and drops voltage therefore giving less brightness and being no better than the 60.55

    Just a normal halogen H4 or one marked plus 30%.
    Not blue or any other overpriced gimmicks.

    TAKE the bulb with you to the shop. Its H4 but there are two different bases.
    Its usual for the 16 yo expert , or anyone else , to give the wrong one.


    Dont touch glass on new bulbs with fingers.
     
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  20. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    If it is an original tungsten bulb it will be P45t (a round base) These are the original style headlights.
    If the headlights have been replaced it could be a P43t. These bulbs have three locating arms sticking out of the base. These are the proper H4 halogen bulbs that are common to most cars.
     
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