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    Thread: 1995 Canadian Spec>>Euro Headlight Wiring Problem

    1. Member ltvinny's Avatar
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      04-13-2012 01:00 AM #1
      I built a relayed wiring harness for my recently purchased European headlights that I'm installing on my Canadian spec 1995 Corrado. The relayed harness is wired properly and performs as it should but I'm running into an odd problem with the factory wiring.

      The low beam power wire at the factory headlight connectors has 4 volts on it when the ignition is turned on. This 4 volts is enough to trigger my relay and so the low beams on the Euro headlights turn on. This happens regardless of the headlight switch position. I've done quite a bit of troubleshooting and I've noticed that the 4 volts drops to 2 volts every other time I flash the high beams. This 2 volts is not enough to trigger the relay and so the low beams turn off. It's at this point that the headlight switch operates as it should.

      I've already noted that my car came with daytime running lights. I found the wire that provides this voltage and disconnected it at a factory disconnect point. It was the yellow wire at pin TFL on the headlight switch.

      Looking at the Bentley wiring diagram there's two sources of 12V coming into the headlight switch. One is the Red wire at pin 30 and two is the Black/Yellow wire at pin X. The 4 volts that turns on the low beams switches to 12V as soon as the headlight switch is turned on but only drops to 4 again after the switch is turned off which is still enough voltage to keep the relay latched and the headlights on.

      Additionally, there's a 12V input to the high beam steering column stalk switch. As I see it any three of these 12V sources could be providing the voltage. I suppose the headlight switch or the high beam switch could be partially failed internally allowing the voltage to get to the wire that ultimately powers the headlights (Yellow wire at pin 56B of the high beam switch.

      Has anyone seen this problem before? Any ideas or suggestions on how to proceed?

      For reference I'm using the wiring diagrams on page 260 & 261 of the Bentley manual. The title of the diagram is Corrado starting 1991 Canada only. This seems like the best diagram for my car in my version of the Bentley.

      Any help would be much appreciated!
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      04-13-2012 07:54 AM #2
      My suggestion would be to check each lead on the back side of the headlight switch, and see if you have 4v coming in from somehwere it shouldn't. If not then it either has to be the switch itself, or something in the wiring after the switch. Alternately, put a meter on the low beam lead where you can see the 4v, then disconnect the 12V sources one at a time, and see when or if the 4v goes away. Those should point you in the right direction.
      I do not understand why some coupes make the grade and others do not. Everyone knows, for instance, that the Corrado was as tasty as an East End prize fighter with the looks of a Benetti super-yacht. The four-cylinder was good, but the VR6 was about as close as you could get to Ferraridom without buying a Ferrari. And what happened? You all went to the pub instead. -Jeremy Clarkson-

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      04-14-2012 01:44 PM #3
      I am seeing the 4V at the backside of the headlight switch. It travels from there to the dimmer/flasher switch on the steering column then to the fuse panel through the fuses and to the headlights themselves.

      I like the idea about pulling the 12V sources one at a time. I have a feeling it's one of the two switches so this should isolate which one.

      I'll report back what I find.

      Thanks!
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      04-14-2012 02:54 PM #4
      You can't just remove the TFL pin on a can spec headlight switch - you have to move it.

      Instructions here:

      http://www.corrado-club.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4542

      Everything will work as it should if you do this - no cutting, no US switch required.

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      04-15-2012 02:09 AM #5
      Thanks Producer, that was it! It wasn't easy to get the pin out but everything works perfect now!

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