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Headlight microswitch actuation?

PostPost by: The Veg » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:06 pm

On the little metal tang that protrudes from the headlight vacuum valve to actuate the microswitches, is there supposed to be some sort of plastic tip or something? I've just got the bare metal tang and it isn't even as wide as the gap between the switch buttons and the existing screw-holes don't allow for an alignment that would make the tang operate both buttons.
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:24 pm

I don't know if my switch is the same as what you are referring to as the microswitch placements seem to vary.

This switch is from a Federal S4.

There is a white plastic wedge as shown that actuates the microswitch buttons:

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(Note the microswitches have been replaced from original, thus the torquoise color).
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:48 am

Thanks, that does look like the same general arrangement I have. The wedge makes sense, so that's now on my list.
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:33 am

Veg, this thread has some good detail shots of the switches used in the Plus 2. Also has a reference to new switches if needed, although the link may have gone bad. I know I had issues aligning the switches to get things to work.

lotus-electrical-f38/vacuum-head-light-switch-valve-t30012.html

When you get to the relay and momentary switch wiring for the side lights there are some good threads on that deal; hint, it is a bit involv d. :D

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