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Posted: 05/12/22 08:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So I just got a 1984 pace arrow in like new condition and everything but the headlights are not turning on. The switch apparently works cause I can turn on my running lights and dash lights and it dims like it should just no headlights at all. I have even tried hitting the brights switch on the floor and it don't do anything either not even the lights for bright for brights light up. So none of the four headlights work dims or lows. Any pointers and advice would be greatly appreciated

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Start by disconnecting the wiring. Clean those connections with baking soda and water, then apply dielectric grease when re-assembling.

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Jay,
You don't say what the chassis but most have the headlights on a separate fuse that is in the fuse group. Now you just have to find it and hope it is bad and that is all that is wrong.
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Matt_Colie wrote:

Jay,
You don't say what the chassis but most have the headlights on a separate fuse that is in the fuse group. Now you just have to find it and hope it is bad and that is all that is wrong.
Matt


Headlights are NOT fused. The lead for the headlight switch comes straight from battery power. The headlight switch does have a circuit breaker built in.

The headlight switch does have separate circuitry for the headlights and the parking/running lights. So the switch may be bad, even if the running/dash lights work.

You need to get out your VOM and check for voltage all along the wiring path for the headlights.

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It's got the Chevy chassis wit the 454. I saw somewhere on Google that there's a circuit breaker on the switch itself

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Check for power at your high beam switch with the headlamps on. Should have 12 volts going in and it'll have 12 volts coming back out on either the high beam circuit or the low beam circuit. Also check the connector down there for corrosion and wires broken off


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Posted: 05/12/22 12:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will have to check that next time I go to it. I hear the switch work but like I said the blue light indicator for brights don't come on

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most chevys used a fusible link at the starter motor

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There may be a fuse or breaker.. There may also be a relay in the main chassis fuse box (or elsewhere)

True story... My 8.1L Vortec (Chevy) engine would not crank (starter not engaging) I heard a sharp CLICK. not a CLUNK but a CLICK.
Pulled the starter pilot relay out of the fuse box.. Cleaned contracts. (I have the tools for that) replaced. Varoom.


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Yeah it's crazy how good of shape this thing is in it's like a time capsule. The carpet is like new and all the original appliances still work. Has 23,000 miles on odometer and 49 hours on generator. Changed the fuel filters and now runs and stops great for $200

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