Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
TheSamba.com
 
Touchy Headlights
Forum Index -> Thing/Type 181 Share: Facebook Twitter
Reply to topic
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
thingsara
Samba Member


Joined: January 05, 2018
Posts: 2
Location: Wilmington, NC
thingsara is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:30 pm    Post subject: Touchy Headlights Reply with quote

All summer my headlights work with no problems, but during these cold months, theyíre real touchy. The parking lights and dash all turn on, but the headlights donít. Sometimes turning the car on and off while in motion in nuetral will do the trick, but itís not a guarantee. Does this sound like a wiring issue? Do I need to replace or adjust something? Is this a common issue? Thanks in advance!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
YDBD
Samba Member


Joined: February 25, 2017
Posts: 264
Location: Bavaria, Germany
YDBD is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:28 am    Post subject: Re: Touchy Headlights Reply with quote

sounds like a wiring problem. First thing to check is the ground from your battery to the chassis, make sure it is tight, clean and not corroded.

Then check your ground to your head lights, since it's both of them it would most likely by a major ground like the one stated above. Standard sealed beam draw a lot of Watts, so they need good connections.

You don't say what year the model is, some may have a relay for the headlights and it needs to be grounded well. Find the wiring diagram for the year of your Thing and follow the wires as necessary.

Cold and moisture do cause problems with wiring. Even on my 2011 Touareg one of the driving lights sends a error signal when it's cold and wet, but the light still works.
_________________
'56 pan Dune Buggy since '69
don't live in the past...but when I did:
'67 bug
'64 baja
'60 dune buggy
'73 Personenkraftwagen Type 182 "Thing"
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Wildthings
Samba Member


Joined: March 13, 2005
Posts: 36801

Wildthings is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:32 am    Post subject: Re: Touchy Headlights Reply with quote

Your ignition switch is the likely cause as the power for the headlights runs through it. It could be either part of the switch, either the lock cylinder or the electrical part. Sometimes all you need to do with spray the lock with WD40 so that it will return fully from the start position. Just barely twisting the key back and forth may help as well.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
YDBD
Samba Member


Joined: February 25, 2017
Posts: 264
Location: Bavaria, Germany
YDBD is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:53 am    Post subject: Re: Touchy Headlights Reply with quote

Here is the wiring diagram:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/wiring/181_Wiring_Diagram_4-73.pdf
_________________
'56 pan Dune Buggy since '69
don't live in the past...but when I did:
'67 bug
'64 baja
'60 dune buggy
'73 Personenkraftwagen Type 182 "Thing"
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
thingsara
Samba Member


Joined: January 05, 2018
Posts: 2
Location: Wilmington, NC
thingsara is offline 

PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:08 am    Post subject: Re: Touchy Headlights Reply with quote

Thank you both! I'm thinking I'll have time on Sunday to look everything over. I have a 73', by the way. I'll report back when I know more. Thanks again. Smile
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Thing/Type 181 All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2016, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB