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03-16-2013 10:20:41

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replacing and rewiring headlight on my 8n. have power but light wont work. run ground wire down to frame and touch bulb it works. i know its not getting good ground. could it be the light housing that hold the bulb to the hood that isnt making a good ground and need to be removed and cleaned up thanks rj in wyo

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03-16-2013 14:24:33

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 Re: headlights in reply to RJ IN WYO, 03-16-2013 10:20:41  
i never rely on rusty or painted sheetmetal as a ground.

all my lamps have a seperate ground wire run to a solid chassis ground

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03-17-2013 18:23:09

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 Re: headlights in reply to soundguy, 03-16-2013 14:24:33  
Why do the "bare ends" at the attachment points corrode off sometimes, sorta like the #4 ground rods at the power poles? Better make continuity check once an awhile. ACIDS in RAINS.

Paint the wires after attaching grounds. Usually dem bare copper parts. ZINC compounds!


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Colin King

03-16-2013 12:10:44

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 Re: headlights in reply to RJ IN WYO, 03-16-2013 10:20:41  
I run a separate ground wire all the way back to the battery ground terminal. That way there's no messing around with trying to find ground, which you are discovering can be an irksome process.

Colin, MN

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03-16-2013 14:06:50

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 Re: headlights in reply to Colin King, 03-16-2013 12:10:44  
I agree I always run a ground wire on older tractors price of wire better than the headaches.

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Dell (WA)

03-16-2013 11:59:10

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 Re: headlights in reply to RJ IN WYO, 03-16-2013 10:20:41  
RJ..... ..you do know paint is an "insulator" don't you??? I would "fish" a #16 ga insulated stranded wire thru the headlite feed tube and ground it on the castiron block. Actually, 18ga "zip" wire from hardware store would problably be eazier to fish and cut to length. Radiator is NOT a ground as it is rubber mounted on bottom and slanted neck tube. ..... ..grounded Dell

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03-17-2013 18:04:00

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 Re: headlights in reply to Dell (WA), 03-16-2013 11:59:10  
Is that the same as putting the RED lead of the Radio Shak ohmneter on the "spinner" in the front of the props, while the BLACK lead is on the refueling ground rod at the tarmack on the fuel depots, fer instance, SUN OIL's (SUNOCO) stations worldwide, and the reading is 0 "ZERO".

Well, paint after assembly if it ain't.

John,PA Gettn' refreshm,ent testing ready!

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