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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-22-2002, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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cooked terminal ends......

I have various points within my electrical system, most of which deal with my lighting circuits, which seem to be "cooked" a bit. For instance, my dimmer switch on the column, the ends of the light green wires to my low beams are discolored to brown and the copper doesnt look much like copper anymore. What happens to 12 volts when it has to travel through these "cooked" connections and what causes these conditions to start with.... I'm going through my electrical system chasing the gremlins, bad grounds, and various other monkeys with hammers under the hood. Any help or pointers in chasing shorts and opens is extraordinarily appreciated. Thanks any and all for help.
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Re: cooked terminal ends......

1. You've got a moisture problem.
2. Check/Clean/Burnish all terminals and connector to the Light swtich.
3. Replace the High/Low switch on the floorboard.
4. If the High/Low switch has lots of moisture build up on it's connectors then it pulls a lot more current through the headlight swithc.
5. Make sure the cowl seal is working.
6. Make sure the windhield seal is working.
7. You don't want water pouring in/over/behind the dash.
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Re: cooked terminal ends......

The tride and true steady voices of genius, I'm sure, don't get enough thanks. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! etc., etc.

By the way, my dimmer switch is on the column of my 87 yj with a 4.2. I'm also replacing my ignition switch, key cylinder switch, headlight switch.

And one more thing. Unless I read it wrong. Am I correct by looping the thicker of the two wires(other brown resistance) on my alternator to the battery output terminal which goes to the positive supply of my starter relay? I thought I read in another post to run a wire to my behind dash on while run wire. clarification would be appreciated. Sorry for being an idiot.
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Re: cooked terminal ends......

1. Had I bothered to look at your Profile I'd know about the YJ... Sorry! [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
2. Don't start replacing stuff on the column unless the contacts and pins look tarnished.
3. If they are tarnished:
a. Just burnish them,
b. Pack 'em with dielectric grease
c. And do no harm.
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Am I correct by looping the thicker of the two wires(other brown resistance) on my alternator to the battery output terminal which goes to the positive supply of my starter relay? I thought I read in another post to run a wire to my behind dash on while run wire. clarification would be appreciated.

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6. I'm not quite understanding the issue you're having?
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Sorry for being an idiot.

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8. All men are idiots... just on different subjects.
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