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Re: How odd

Subject: Re: How odd
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 10:23:47 EST
In a message dated 2/8/02 8:48:17 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> So as not to drain the battery, (he thought) he pulled the fuses.  The 
> headlight stayed on.
> So of course he pulled the ground on the battery and it went out.
> Like the subject says: how odd.
> Anyone else have this happen to them?
> My inclination is to have him start checking out the switch for a short and 
> work back to the headight wiring, but I thought I'd draw from the deep well 
> of knowledge here before giving him his marching orders.

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In the Midget and Sprite, there is no fuse for the headlights.  (I guess they 
figured if the fuse blew, the headlights would go out, and that would be a 
bad thing.)  Probably the same for BGTs.

Power goes to the headlight, then the ground wire goes to the switch, and 
then to ground.  When the switch is on, the ground is completed and the 
lights light.  If there is a short to ground in the circuit somewhere after 
the headlight, it will stay on.   If you trace the wire from the light that 
is staying on, you will probably find a short to ground.  Once that light has 
a nice warm circuit, it doesn't care what happens to the other light or the 

Of course, all that is from memory, and I don't have a wiring diagram for a 
BGT anyway, so I may be totally wrong, but on this list, ya pays yer money 
and ya takes yer chances.

Good luck,

Allen Hefner
SCCA Philly Region Rally Steward
'77 Midget
'75 Midget "The Project"
'92 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport

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