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Old 11-01-2011, 12:51 AM
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I vote yes on the does it work now bet.... I don't see how it could be anything else!!
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Well, I've been messing with it all morning. A new Mopar switch and pigtail with matching color coded wires went in and still have the same symptoms. So I went underneath and unplugged the 2 plugs behind the driver's fenderwell that connect to the wiring for the back of the truck thinking if there was a problem in the wiring I'd see if that made any difference. No difference. I despise wiring issues.... Its obviously not a switch issue though.
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OK....lets forget everything that's been done so far, and start over fresh.

1st - Need to verify the switch operation. Do you have an 'Ohm' meter?
Disconnect the switch from the wiring and we will run some tests on the switch itself.
Using the 'Ohm' meter,
Place one lead on the 'B2' terminal, and the other lead on the 'R' terminal
What are your readings under the following conditions -
Switch in 'Off' position -
Switch in 'Park' position -
Switch in 'Headlight' position -
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If you don't have an 'Ohm' meter, let me know what electrical test tools you have available to you, and I will figure out how to run the tests using what you have.

Hopefully we can connect on-line at the same time and can do this through 'Chat', as that would speed things up.
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Hmmph. I've never been much of a gambler. The only thing I can think of is to depin your light switch connector, one pin at a time. Also, I do not believe the headlight switch operates without a relay, or two. one of them had to have fried, and is not transferring contacts properly. problem is, I do not have a diagram that says anything about a relay. It doesn't make sense that they would run all the power thru the switch, it's too 70s-ish. Wiring costs money, and a relay right close to the battery would save time and weight in wiring. I hope when you find the problem, that you will post!!!
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Hmmph. I've never been much of a gambler. The only thing I can think of is to depin your light switch connector, one pin at a time. Also, I do not believe the headlight switch operates without a relay, or two. one of them had to have fried, and is not transferring contacts properly. problem is, I do not have a diagram that says anything about a relay. It doesn't make sense that they would run all the power thru the switch, it's too 70s-ish. Wiring costs money, and a relay right close to the battery would save time and weight in wiring. I hope when you find the problem, that you will post!!!
No relays in his truck for this circuit. The physical switch handles all the current for the lights. There have been a number of trucks of this year that have had the light switch connector melt due to this. I agree it's so 70's...but it is what it is. The circuit is so basic, it's sickening....that's why it just doesn't make sense. The problem keeps pointing at the switch, but he's now replaced the switch 5 times! I can't believe it's the switch anymore, but have to run the basic tests on it to verify once and for all that the switch is actually switching the terminals that we are expecting the switching to take place on.

BTW - I have the complete wiring diagram for this; probably one of the worst circuit diagrams I've ever seen, but at least all the information is there....spread randomly over many pages. LOL
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I am at work today but will start on this when I get done with chores this evening. I do have an ohm meter so we can run these checks.
Thanks for hanging in there.
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Looking at the terminal drawing, I don't see an R terminal and I don't see one labelled on the switch either. Barry
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Okay assuming the R terminal is beside B2, as in pink/red wire and yellow/black wire. So with the switch unpluged when I pull to the park position and headlight position the meter reads around .4. In the off postion it reads 1.
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The R terminal is across the connector from B2. Here is the drawing -



Since different meters display differently, I need to know what yours displays when the leads are not connected to anything. I'm expecting something like "1---".
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