[xj] high beams

when I turn on the high beams only the two drivers sides come on
tho passengers are both out.–
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If you have a Ser III XJ6/12, this may help

http://www.jag-lovers.org/xjlovers/xjfaq/headlamp.htm

It is possible, among other things, that both right side high beam elements
are burned out

Good job at keeping topics separated :slight_smile:

Doug Dwyer
Longview, Washington USA
1987 Ser III XJ6
1988 XJS V12From: “simbas pride” mrseddie32168@yahoo.com

when I turn on the high beams only the two drivers sides come on
tho passengers are both out.

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In reply to a message from Doug Dwyer sent Sun 1 Jan 2006:

Or as I said on another post. Go for the fuse box, drivers side
under the hood. Loose, corroded fuses. Bad clips that need
cleaned, or pinched a little tighter.

Happened to me, and easily fixed with a pair of needle nose and
some new fuses, and a little cleaning.

I know I am repeating myself (Doug :slight_smile: but its not one fuse
controlling one light always IIRC. One fuse seems to control
different circuits in the headlamp relay. Anyway, wiggle the fuses
with the lights on, see if it works. Fixed mine with a simple bit
of maintenance (after buying a new headlamp that I didn’t need).–
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Not rue, actually, Dave.

The headlight relay is controlled only by the dimmer switch, and voltage for
the lamps goes through the relay, then to the fuses, and then on to the
lamps. All of the fuses are after the relay.

Cheers
Doug Dwyer
Longview, Washington USA
1987 Ser III XJ6
1988 XJS V12From: “1985vdp” davewilliamson2@verizon.net

I know I am repeating myself (Doug :slight_smile: but its not one fuse
controlling one light always IIRC. One fuse seems to control
different circuits in the headlamp relay.

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And, check all the bullet connections – pull the wiring out of the holes at
the top of the fender where the cross braces bolt and check all the bullet
connections. Als, I hope Doug’s link also mentions the split fuse clip
trick. :]–
Alex
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86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

Doug Dwyer wrote:

If you have a Ser III XJ6/12, this may help

http://www.jag-lovers.org/xjlovers/xjfaq/headlamp.htm

It is possible, among other things, that both right side high beam elements
are burned out

From: “simbas pride” mrseddie32168@yahoo.com

when I turn on the high beams only the two drivers sides come on
tho passengers are both out.

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In reply to a message from simbas pride sent Sun 1 Jan 2006:

I just had the same gremlen and I’d say it’s definitely a fuse and
I think it may be the third from the back; My headlights both
worked on low beam but only the left two worked on high beam until
I wiggled the fuse which brought the two right ones back on.–
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when I turn on the high beams only the two drivers sides come on
tho passengers are both out.
frances gilmore
new smyrna bch/fl, United States


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I think it mentions gently cleaning the fuse clips…but there’s no trick
to that.

“Split fuse clip trick” ? Sounds like something Maxwell Smart would say.
“Ahhhhh…Look ninety-nine…the old split fuse clip trick”. :slight_smile:

Awright, Alex…what the heck are you talking about ?

Doug Dwyer
Longview, Washington USA
1987 Ser III XJ6
1988 XJS V12From: “Cannara” cannara@attglobal.net

. Als, I hope Doug’s link also mentions the split fuse clip
trick. :]

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And, remember, the fuse ends need to lightly oiled after everything is
working, so moist air doesn’t get into the actual, microscopic metal-metal
junctions that carry the current.–
Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

Phil in Ar wrote:

In reply to a message from simbas pride sent Sun 1 Jan 2006:

I just had the same gremlen and I’d say it’s definitely a fuse and
I think it may be the third from the back; My headlights both
worked on low beam but only the left two worked on high beam until
I wiggled the fuse which brought the two right ones back on.

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What with all the tricks and scattered fuses that I haven’t had to scope out
(yet), I thought I wouldn’t have anything to contribute to this thread.
However. A couple years ago I had some kind of headlight failure that I
diagnosed and fixed in a very few minutes. Seems there was a bad ground
connection just a few inches from the headlight. I removed the screw,
scraped down to bare metal, and voila!

Gene McGough
XJ6C II 1976
XK-150 FHC S834515DN

I think it mentions gently cleaning the fuse clips…but there’s no
trick----- Original Message -----
From: “Doug Dwyer” dougdwyer@adelphia.net
to that.

“Split fuse clip trick” ? Sounds like something Maxwell Smart would say.
“Ahhhhh…Look ninety-nine…the old split fuse clip trick”. :slight_smile:

Awright, Alex…what the heck are you talking about ?

Doug Dwyer
Longview, Washington USA
1987 Ser III XJ6
1988 XJS V12

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Good job. Most of the much ballyhooed Jaguar electrical problems have
similarly easy fixes.

Some of us, however…particularly some with Italian last names… make
a big deal out of them :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

Tee hee hee

Doug Dwyer
Longview, Washington USA
1987 Ser III XJ6
1988 XJS V12From: “EUGENE MCGOUGH” genemc@cavemen.net

Seems there was a bad ground
connection just a few inches from the headlight. I removed the screw,
scraped down to bare metal, and voila!

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Right, we Italians have great pride in our work, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Joey
Soprano…

Now, Doug, you talkin’ ta me?–
Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

Doug Dwyer wrote:

Good job. Most of the much ballyhooed Jaguar electrical problems have
similarly easy fixes.

Some of us, however…particularly some with Italian last names… make
a big deal out of them :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

Tee hee hee

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Gene, I’m sure several of us have had that trouble. It was solved on my part
by simply redoing the whole headlamp wiring & fusing and adding a ground braid
from bonnet to frame. But, as Doug pointed out, that’s my Italian
retentiveness. Your solution is fine – if you oiled the parts before
tightening of course! :]–
Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

EUGENE MCGOUGH wrote:

What with all the tricks and scattered fuses that I haven’t had to scope out
(yet), I thought I wouldn’t have anything to contribute to this thread.
However. A couple years ago I had some kind of headlight failure that I
diagnosed and fixed in a very few minutes. Seems there was a bad ground
connection just a few inches from the headlight. I removed the screw,
scraped down to bare metal, and voila!

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Of course, this was before I knew I was supposed to look first for hidden
fuses and bad switches. And then lubricate connections.

If I don’t get around to lubing it sometime soon, I will at least know where
to look at the first flicker.

Gene

Gene, I’m sure several of us have had that trouble. It was solved on my
part
by simply redoing the whole headlamp wiring & fusing and adding a ground
braid
from bonnet to frame. But, as Doug pointed out, that’s my Italian
retentiveness. Your solution is fine – if you oiled the parts before
tightening of course! :]

Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

EUGENE MCGOUGH wrote:

What with all the tricks and scattered fuses that I haven’t had to scope
out----- Original Message -----
From: “Cannara” cannara@attglobal.net

(yet), I thought I wouldn’t have anything to contribute to this thread.
However. A couple years ago I had some kind of headlight failure that I
diagnosed and fixed in a very few minutes. Seems there was a bad ground
connection just a few inches from the headlight. I removed the screw,
scraped down to bare metal, and voila!

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Re: VDP12. Low beams work fine. When I turn on high beams, both
lights on passenger side come on and both lights on driver’s side
go off.

Ideas welcome.

thanks

david sweet–
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Assuming good bulbs, start with cleaning fuses and grounds…

http://www.jag-lovers.org/xjlovers/xjfaq/headlamp.htm

Doug Dwyer
Longview Washington USA
1995 XJRFrom: “dns2jags” dsweet3193@aol.com

Re: VDP12. Low beams work fine. When I turn on high beams, both
lights on passenger side come on and both lights on driver’s side
go off.

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In reply to a message from Doug Dwyer sent Sun 15 Apr 2007:

Oh great Doug, next you’ll expect me to clean the exterior of the
car so I won’t embarass you at Van Dusen.

But thanks for the good tip. I will tackle it tomorrow after I get
the Sprite ready for next week’s race.

And the rebuilt dizzy for the E type installed.

Could be a busy Sunday for me.

thanks

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dns2jags wrote:

Re: VDP12. Low beams work fine. When I turn on high beams, both
lights on passenger side come on and both lights on driver’s side
go off.

Typical fuse fault, David; separate fuses for high right/high left, and
for low right/low left - 4 fuses…:slight_smile:

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In reply to a message from Frank Andersen sent Sun 15 Apr 2007:

Since it appears that 95% of the problems associated with the
electrical systems on our cars are due to corroded wiring
terminals/connections, would electrical contact cleaner help? I
wonder if there is some sort of spray on which will dissolve the
corrosion, then a spray on protectant to prevent further
corrosion…–
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In reply to a message from dns2jags sent Sun 15 Apr 2007:

Dave, I had the same problem the very first day I got my car home.
I replaced all the fuses in the left wing fuse box after cleaning
and pinching together the fuse cradles and all was well. I had
some problems later on with the right headlights which was caused
by corroded bullet connectors. Cleaning the connectors with steel
wool took care of that issue.

Try to keep the Sprite on the hard surfaces! :)–
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Re: VDP12. Low beams work fine. When I turn on high beams, both
lights on passenger side come on and both lights on driver’s side
go off.


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In reply to a message from dns2jags sent Sun 15 Apr 2007:

So to get to under the fuse box under the hood the bolt loosens
from insdie the wheel well. Contact cleaner, small wire brush,
steel wool and love will clean them up. disconnect the ground of
the battery before you spray the contact cleaner. As long as you
are doing go ahead and do replace all of the fuses and do the
other fuse boxs as well as it will reduce other the germlin (LUCUS)
problems. The headlight problems are in the box under the hood
though.–
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lights on passenger side come on and both lights on driver’s side


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