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Brights indicator reversed on CJ? Says brights are on when off and vise versa?

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by 68BuickV6, May 3, 2012.

  1. May 3, 2012
    68BuickV6

    68BuickV6 Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I've been having some trouble with my CJ's speedometer.

    When I start the JEEP, and hit the headlights, the brights indicator comes on.
    When I hit the brights, it goes off.
    I've tried disconnecting the switch and battery to "reset it", as suggested by a friend,
    and I've had no dice.

    I'm running an Omix-Ada speedo, and an alternator out of '71 GTO V8, if that makes a difference?? :?
    I'd love advice on the how to fix this, it's not a problem for me,
    but my dad can't remember and keeps driving with the brights on! :rofl:
     
  2. May 3, 2012
    mainejeep

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    check your foot switch and see if it is hooked up the correct way
     
  3. May 3, 2012
    colojeepguy

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    Don't let your dad drive? :D
     
  4. May 3, 2012
    Walt Couch

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    Correct--- At the dimmer switch you will find a small wire that is mounted with a heavy wire. The small wire is on the wrong terminal. Take it off and move it to the terminal that is straight across from it. You also have another option and that is to go to the three terminal block on the left fender. Swap the wires from the headlights to the feed wires.
     
  5. May 3, 2012
    68BuickV6

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    I tried switching the top right with the top left, and top left with bottom, bottom with top right. No dice.

    Perhaps I need to follow these wires and double check where they are going? bunny with a pancake

    Not letting dad drive is an option!

    But I also would really like to know what I'm doing wrong, now that I flipped wires and had nothing.

    I appreciate the help guys! :coffee:
     
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    PeteL

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    I'd guess one of those two wires in the yellow crimp should be in one of the blue connectors... if it is the feed to the dash indicator lamp.
     
  7. May 4, 2012
    Walt Couch

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    OK. So originally the wires on the dimmer are supposed to be eyelets vice spade lug type. Now you have only one choice and that is to remove the headlight wires at the fender block connector. Two of the lugs are for the headlights and one is for the front park lights. Locate the wire/wires that come hot when on high beam and swap with the low beam wires and you will be connected properly..
     
  8. May 6, 2012
    68BuickV6

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    Thanks for the advice Walt!
    I'm gonna be fairly busy this week, hopefully I'll get some time to take a look at the wires and try your suggestion.

    When I first bought the JEEP, I had a few electrical issues, and had the harness looked over in the front.

    The brights indicator was having the same problem then too. They ended up fixing it, and about 6 months later, one of the wires on the brights fell off (probably a direct result of not the vice spade type).

    I "plugged" the wire back in, and ever since, it's been flipped. Wonder how that happened...
     

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