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Weak headlights

Question : I HAVE a 40-year-old car which is in good running order. The body and gear are in excellent condition except that the headlights are rather weak and the indicator lights only function when the headlights have been switched on.

How I can rectify this problem?

Answer : With age, probably the electrical contacts have corroded and even the earthing of the battery to the body is not very good. I would suggest that you check and clean all your connections, multi-pin connectors and wherever there is an earthing connection.

For connectors, you can use CRC CO Contact Cleaner, which does a very good job of cleaning and wherever there is rust, you will need to sand it off and spray with CO Cleaner before reassembling.

Look also at the bulbs themselves because with age, they tend to get dimmer.

Your indicators are not working when the head- lights are on because there is too much voltage drop for them to work, which also points to bad contacts.

 
 

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