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Lights relays / bouncing all over the place?

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Well my lights are being a little funny at the moment...

1. Sometimes they will not turn on - sidelights will be fine, but switching to main lights and they will not pop up. or they will but after a couple of seconds.. Sometimes if I switch the lights off totally and then back on they lift as they should...

2. Sometimes when they are on they just turn off (the pods dont lower) they just switch off and I hear a faint click near the glovebox area.

3. They bounce terribly and flicker (at motorway speeds) and probably irritate every driver for miles.

So my first question is - there are relays in the front boot for the headlights - as far as I can see from the service notes, one for headlight control and two one for each pod. There is also a relay under the glove box which also has something to do with the headlights... my plan is to replace all of these - but any ideas as to which one it could be (or both) causing my issue?

Second question is, how do I stop them from bouncing around...

Oh and they are also generally pretty rubbish (although my reflectors are in good condition) - I have seen posts on upgrading lamps etc - what do people find best?

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It might not be the relays at all but the headlamp switch that is causing your problem. If you take the switch apart you will see that there are plastic "pins" that press the contacts together, and over time these will melt/distort just sufficiently to give an intermittant contact.

It may not be easy to find an identical switch to replace your one but the fix is easy - just replace the pins that have distorted in your existing switch . You should be able to find a similar Austin/BL/Rover/Lucas donor switch, on eBay,

The bouncing may be the the lifting arm where it attaches to the base of the light pod, look for cracks in the G/F on the base of the pod or wear in the mechanism, the pivots on the pod itself may need attention - look for broken or worn pop rivets on the outer pivot. Also those pesky plastic lugs that twist to secure the headlamp brackets are not the best so remove the surrounds and check them as well. New clips are outrageously expensive so be careful

Also I promise I will get round to taking some photos of that ski rack you asked about and put them on the forum!,

Edited by Choppa

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Hello squire how goes it?

i have absolutley no idea when it come to these sort of electical shinanigans........ just give it to a specialist.

the lights will inevitably bounce a litle due to how they are attached to the body. Make sure the lift arm is tight though. mine was a little loose but a bit of fidling an all was well again

Laters bruv

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Hi all, I examined the old lights today - it seems that when they are up - you cannot move the pods downwards at all - but you can lift the pods a little higher - perhaps about a cm - so I reckon this is the part that bounces - any ideas how I can fix this? are they not up high enough (although when they are down they are not recessed at all - they sit at the right heigh) or is there perhaps some sort of bump stop which stops them from lifting higher up? a strip of rubber or something?

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The lamp height is adjustable by the rods that join them to the crank on the pod motor. There is no "stop" as such... You will probably find that the spherical bearings (Rose joints) on the ends of the rods have worn...that's the major cause of bouncing. As for the electrics.....any Esprit electrical problem is very likely to be a dodgy earth connexion..and the earth to the relay block goes via the washer pump!! So have a good look and prod around the earthing, and you may well find that you won't need to buy anything!!

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Thanks all, will inspect earths and headlamp lift arms - is it possible to get replacement rose joints?

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