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Help with dashlight and switch.

PostPost by: Bozzie » Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:43 pm

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Learned Elan owners any help with the below light and switch would be appreciated. The red arrow points to a lilac/purple coloured light that seems to be constantly illuminated when the ignition is on. The white arrow points to a switch on the lhs of the steering column shroud. I know it's daft but I keep forgetting to actually try it until I'm away from the car! I notice the horn push was inop so wondered it it could be a horn switch! No mention of either in the (rather basic) +2 glovebox handbook.

It's a ?68 plus 2

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PostPost by: Chrispy » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:09 pm

That?s a little strange. Mine doesn?t have that light, and no purple lights at all.

I did have a push button switch in a similar place, but the wiring made no sense and I removed it during the desire.
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PostPost by: ncm » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:25 pm

Has the car been fitted with a heated rear window? Could be the switch for that with a tell tale light in the dash.

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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:05 pm

ncm wrote:Has the car been fitted with a heated rear window? Could be the switch for that with a tell tale light in the dash.

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Later cars which had the heated rear screen had a warning light in blue/purple so Brian may be on to something there.

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PostPost by: Bozzie » Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:56 am

Yes, there is indeed a heated rear screen so maybe that's it! I will check tnus out later when I'm with the car and let you know Am I right in saying the right side located indicater should be the only control on the steering column shroud?
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PostPost by: ncm » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:42 am

The early cars did have just the one stalk. It should control indicators, headlight dip and the horn.

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PostPost by: Bozzie » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:08 am

Brian, are you saying the horn operation is via the stalk? That would probably be the reason why the horn push on the steering wheel does not work!
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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:35 am

With one stalk on the right, this operates the dip switch, to/from the driver, the indicators, up/down and the horn by pressing the button on the end of the stalk. Some have added an electric screen washer and you may have a button for this somewhere. No light like that on my car on the original dash but my new replacement dash does have a hole there ready for something.
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