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S4 vacuum headlight switch, failsafe

PostPost by: CG901 » Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:29 am

I realize that this thread is a few years old, but for what it is worth, I have had the same problem with leaking in the switch on my S2, non-failsafe. I tried using some mid-size plastic tie wraps, and after assembling the switch wrapped one at the front and one at the back, and put as much tension on them as I could. I believe it holds well, but certainly doesn't solve the problem you may have with leaking at the rubber pad. I find I have to remove this switch twice a year and revisit the rubber, spring and add some rubber grease. After that, I am good for months. At least reopening the switch just means clipping off the tie wraps, nothing easier.
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Past: 1971 Elan S4/SE DHC, 1972 Europa Special, 1980 Esprit Turbo, 1988 March 881-05, 1990 Leyton House CG90105
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:49 am

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PostPost by: CG901 » Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:28 pm

Thank you. Two great minds working independently.
Current: 1965 S1.5 26/4004, 1966 S3 FHC 36/5192, 1958 Fiat Abarth 750GT Zagato, 1967 Brabham BT21B, 1988 Arrows A10B-04, 1991 Brun C91-001.
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