Club Cobra GasN Exhaust  

Go Back   Club Cobra > Manufacturers, Engine Builders, tools, and parts. > ERA---Speak with Bob Putnam

Welcome to Club Cobra!  The World's largest non biased Shelby Cobra related site!

  •  » Representation from nearly all Cobra/Daytona/GT40 manufacturers
  •  » Help from all over the world for your questions
  •  » Build logs for you and all members
  •  » Blogs
  •  » Image Gallery
  •  » Many thousands of members and nearly 1 million posts! 

YES! I want to register an account for free right now!  p.s.: For registered members this ad will NOT show

MMG Superformance
Nevada Classics
Main Menu
Module Jump:
Nevada Classics
Nevada Classics
MMG Superformance
Advertise at CC
Banner Ad Rates
Keith Craft Racing
Keith Craft Racing
MMG Superformance
December 2022
S M T W T F S
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 07-03-2005, 04:40 AM
REDSC400's Avatar
CC Member
Visit my Photo Gallery

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Southeast, CT
Cobra Make, Engine: ERA #375 427 S/C - 428FE - Toploader - 1968 AMX 390 Go Pack 4 Speed - My Daily Driver is a 2004 Crossfire
Posts: 872
Send a message via AIM to REDSC400
Not Ranked     
Default Headlight, Parking and Dash Gauge Light Problem

Hi Bob:
On the return leg of a long trip, three electrical circuts seemed to have stopped working simultaneously...

They Are: the Headlights (hi and low beam), the parking lights both front and rear and also the dashboard gauge lights (inside the gauges SW).

Everything else worked fine, the blinkers, the break lamps, the wipers the fans and the ignition.

When I got back into the barn (car hot), and after I checked all my wiring diagrams and trouble shooting guides, I pulled out the trusty flashlight and mirror and looked under/behind the dash for a potential problem... I checked the ignition switch connections and pulled the switch out to double check and then put it all back in.

No avail... all three circuts still out.

Went back into the house for dinner and when I came out I checked everything again, car now cool, and low and behold all the circuts work that were not working 2 hours earlier!!!

I am now both happy and pissed as I really do not know what fixed this and where and why??

So Bob, did you come down to Stratford and fix this while I was having dinner.... OR... do you have a suggestion for me to do a trouble shoot procedure?

I would like to put this to bed but it is all working now...

Perhaps you have a clue and can guide me as to what could cause the high and low and parking and dash lights to ka-put themselves....

All ears.... (car # 375)
__________________
Art in CT
See My Website at http://www.lithicsnet.com

A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system. Jean Cocteau 1889-1963, French Author, Filmmaker

Last edited by REDSC400; 07-03-2005 at 04:44 AM..
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 07-03-2005, 04:51 AM
CC Member
Visit my Photo Gallery

 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: New Britain, CT
Cobra Make, Engine: Size 10 Feet
Posts: 2,941
Not Ranked     
Default

Ex,

All of those circuits go through the head/parklight switch. Check that the brown wire on the switch is live. Its origin shares the power input terminal on the ignition switch so I suspect that it's OK.

If the wire is live, the head/park switch has probably seen better days.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 07-03-2005, 07:38 AM
REDSC400's Avatar
CC Member
Visit my Photo Gallery

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Southeast, CT
Cobra Make, Engine: ERA #375 427 S/C - 428FE - Toploader - 1968 AMX 390 Go Pack 4 Speed - My Daily Driver is a 2004 Crossfire
Posts: 872
Send a message via AIM to REDSC400
Not Ranked     
Default

Ok then, I will come on up this week and get me a new one from you....

Do all of these circuts... the healights, parking and dimmer rehostat for the gauges also go thru the "headlight relay"?

I can see how the bad switch could be the culprit Bob. Since the switch does double duty AND the dimmer rehostat does not work unless the lights are ON.

Thanks Amigo. Have a happy Holiday. Catch ya on Tuesday??
__________________
Art in CT
See My Website at http://www.lithicsnet.com

A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system. Jean Cocteau 1889-1963, French Author, Filmmaker
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 07-03-2005, 09:17 AM
CC Member
Visit my Photo Gallery

 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: New Britain, CT
Cobra Make, Engine: Size 10 Feet
Posts: 2,941
Not Ranked     
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by REDSC400

...
Do all of these circuts... the healights, parking and dimmer rehostat for the gauges also go thru the "headlight relay"?
No. The relay is there only to switch between the high and low beams.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 07-07-2005, 09:52 AM
REDSC400's Avatar
CC Member
Visit my Photo Gallery

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Southeast, CT
Cobra Make, Engine: ERA #375 427 S/C - 428FE - Toploader - 1968 AMX 390 Go Pack 4 Speed - My Daily Driver is a 2004 Crossfire
Posts: 872
Send a message via AIM to REDSC400
Not Ranked     
Default

Bob:

The new switch worked PER-FECTO-MUNDO!

That fixed the problem...

You may want to add that to the trouble shooting guide....

Thanks So Much for your help and assistance.
__________________
Art in CT
See My Website at http://www.lithicsnet.com

A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system. Jean Cocteau 1889-1963, French Author, Filmmaker
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 02-21-2006, 09:38 AM
REDSC400's Avatar
CC Member
Visit my Photo Gallery

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Southeast, CT
Cobra Make, Engine: ERA #375 427 S/C - 428FE - Toploader - 1968 AMX 390 Go Pack 4 Speed - My Daily Driver is a 2004 Crossfire
Posts: 872
Send a message via AIM to REDSC400
Not Ranked     
Default

In retrospect, I think these symptoms were a result of a bad ground up front in the "X" member of the suspension. FWIW.
__________________
Art in CT
See My Website at http://www.lithicsnet.com

A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system. Jean Cocteau 1889-1963, French Author, Filmmaker
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 02-21-2006, 10:10 AM
SCOBRAC's Avatar
CC Member
Visit my Photo Gallery

 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Northern California, CA
Cobra Make, Engine: -Sold- Contemporary 427S/C # CCX-3152 1966 427 Med Rise Side Oiler, 8v 3.54:1 Salisbury IRS, Koni's.. (Now I'm riding Harleys)
Posts: 2,567
Not Ranked     
Default

90% of of all electrical "problems" on these cars are ground related. It is really impossible to overstate the importance of grounding the engine to the frame in multiple locations especially on glass bodied cars.
__________________
michael

A man that is young in years, may be old in hours, if he have lost no time. But that happeneth rarely. Generally, youth is like the first cogitations, not so wise as the second. For there is a youth in thoughts, as well as in ages... Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 02-21-2006, 11:13 AM
CC Member
Visit my Photo Gallery

 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: New Britain, CT
Cobra Make, Engine: Size 10 Feet
Posts: 2,941
Not Ranked     
Default

In this case however, in order for Art to lose everything, he would have had to lose 3 separate grounds simultaneously. Two of which are inside the car, and the third outside the water splash range.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
The representations expressed are the representations and opinions of the clubcobra.com forum members and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and viewpoints of the site owners, moderators, Shelby American, any other replica manufacturer, Ford Motor Company. This website has been planned and developed by clubcobra.com and its forum members and should not be construed as being endorsed by Ford Motor Company, or Shelby American or any other manufacturer unless expressly noted by that entity. "Cobra" and the Cobra logo are registered trademarks for Ford Motor Co., Inc. clubcobra.com forum members agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyrighted material is owned by you. Although we do not and cannot review the messages posted and are not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete any message for any reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold us harmless with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). Thank you for visiting clubcobra.com. For full policy documentation refer to the following link: CC Policy
Links monetized by VigLink