Re: [DML] Re: Headlight switch repairs
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Re: [DML] Re: Headlight switch repairs


I think I just used whatever Radio Shack special I could find.  30amp, single pull, single throw.  The relay is still working great and I've never had to replace it since.

Jake Kamphoefner


From: Eric Pool <ericpool@xxxxxx>
To: "dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2009 11:57:58 AM
Subject: Re: [DML] Re: Headlight switch repairs

Jake, I was just wondering what brand relay you used?

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On May 31, 2009, at 1:54 AM, Jake Kamphoefner <jakekamp@att. net> wrote:

> Just a note that putting a relay in sequence for the perimeter 
> lights (as I have), protects the light switch from melting. 
> However, this doesn't prevent the *relay socket* from melting. You 
> are just moving the problem to a less-expensive place. The heavy 
> current will still run through the wiring, but the relay will 
> isolate the switch from damage.
> After running the relay for about 60,000 miles, I had the relay 
> socket get a little hot and begin to malfunction. The relay worked 
> as designed in that the original switch was left completely 
> unharmed, but I still had a minor melt.
> The bottom line is: the stock setup is the weakest. The relay works 
> fine to protect the switch if you are insistent about the LMS being 
> tactilely the same. But in my opinion, the most elegant solution 
> available today is the switch from the DMC vendors.
> Jake Kamphoefner
> 1063
> ____________ _________ _________ __
> From: David Teitelbaum <jtrealty@optonline. net>
> To: dmcnews@yahoogroups .com
> Sent: Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:33:46 AM
> Subject: [DML] Re: Headlight switch repairs
> Without a wiring diagram of the "switch saver" I can't confirm 
> exactly what it will do. From the name of it you would think it sets 
> up the switch to control relays which carry the loads and there are 
> current limiting devices to protect the switch in case something 
> goes wrong.
> The switch can still wear out mechanically just from use.
> David Teitelbaum
> vin 10757
> --- In dmcnews@yahoogroups .com, "Justin Mettee" <jamettee@.. .> 
> wrote:
> >
> > David,
> > I've got sidemarker LEDs, & changed the bulb inside the switch to 
> LED, tail lights are LEDs. Also going to change all the instrument 
> cluster lighting to LEDs. Front running lights/directionals are 
> still bulbs. Assuming ALL of these run power through the switch, it 
> sounds like the load decrease is good, but still highly recommended 
> to replace with a switch saver. Can you confirm this?
> >
> > Justin Mettee
> >
> > --- In dmcnews@yahoogroups .com, "David Teitelbaum" <jtrealty@> 
> wrote:
> > >
> > > Using relays will reduce the current through the switch reducing 
> the heat and helping the switch last a lot longer. Changing over to 
> L.E.D.'s for the marker lights will also help a lot.
> > > David Teitelbaum
> > > vin 10757
> > >
> > >
> >
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