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Unread 11-18-2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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Can't see my gauges at night!! Headlight Switch?

All the gauges work in my CJ which is awesome, but it would be nice if I could see them at night...It seems like the dimmer part of the headlight switch is what controls this because when I mess with it they flicker even more and sometimes get bright. Do I just need to replace the headlight switch in order to end the flickering??

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Unread 11-18-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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sounds like the rheostat in the switch is dying. mine does the same thing, its just not bad enough yet for me to move up my list...
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Unread 11-18-2009, 10:27 PM   #3
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Just replace the switch, only takes a few minutes. YOu can buy it here for $16.99. Original Replacement Parts 5751098 - Headlight On/Off Switch for 79-86 Jeep® CJ Jeep® CJ-5, CJ-7 & CJ-8 - Quadratec
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Unread 11-19-2009, 04:44 AM   #4
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Just replace the switch, only takes a few minutes. YOu can buy it here for $16.99. Original Replacement Parts 5751098 - Headlight On/Off Switch for 79-86 Jeep® CJ Jeep® CJ-5, CJ-7 & CJ-8 - Quadratec
There are two headlight switches for the CJ and he needs the one for the earlier years.

This one: 73 to 79 CJ headlight switch




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The rheostat is a coiled spring looking thing towards the front of the switch (behind the dash). Turning the knob moves a copper contact to a different position on the rheostat. These can be lightly sanded to work well again.
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Unread 11-19-2009, 07:35 AM   #6
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There are two headlight switches for the CJ and he needs the one for the earlier years.

This one: 73 to 79 CJ headlight switch




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Thanks John, I misread his year. Not sure on the light sand but for only $16 I would think it not worth the trouble.
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Unread 11-19-2009, 12:34 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I will take a quick look and see if the sanding will get it done. If not, I will just order one from Quadratec...I might get to it tonight and I will let you know!
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