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by mobycat
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Wiring question - using a different gauge wire and one fuse box question
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Wiring question - using a different gauge wire and one fuse box question

Is it ok to replace all the wiring with 14 gauge?

ETA - after hearing from others, it sounds like 14 isn't the way to go - may be too large for the fuse pins. So it'll just be 16 or 18.
by mobycat
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Wiring question - using a different gauge wire and one fuse box question
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Wiring question - using a different gauge wire and one fuse box question

I want to rewire the car (slow process, but I'm going to try). Is there any issue with going with 14 gauge wire (except those that require larger, of course)? I'm going to attempt doing all the grounds first and thought I'd replace the original with 14 instead of (what I think) is 16 or 18. (I do NO...
by mobycat
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights
Replies: 15
Views: 531

Re: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights

So if the horns have power all the time, should they be working even when the key isn't in the ignition (like the radio)? Right now, my horns definitely do not work when the key is not in. This is with either the old relay or the new one. (They are both new, and connecting directly to the battery br...
by mobycat
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights
Replies: 15
Views: 531

Re: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights

OK, I've got the turn signals sorted. I took the wheel back off and it looks like when I put the new switch in, it pushed the pin recepticle back a bit. With the new switch seated properly, the new relay, incandescents front/LED rear, the signals work properly. Still need to get the resistance kits ...
by mobycat
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights
Replies: 15
Views: 531

Re: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights

I've heard anecdotally that maybe I tightened the steering wheel nut too much. Ever heard of this?

Probably won't have time to do much today, but tomorrow I'll start going through the grounds (which I'd like to replace with new wire/connectors anyway).
by mobycat
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights
Replies: 15
Views: 531

Re: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights

Put the old switch in, incandescents are in. Replaced the fuse and put the original relay back in - no turn signals at all. Hazards still work well. It seems to me (as a non-electrician) that it might point to wiper switch or something in the steering column. Maybe when I put the new turn signal swi...
by mobycat
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights
Replies: 15
Views: 531

Re: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights

The dash light that blinks with the signals? Blinks appropriately for hazards. Does not light up at all for turn signals (and don't hear the familiar "click click click" as they are running).

I also just tried the old relay. Same issue - no turn signals, but hazards are fine.
by mobycat
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights
Replies: 15
Views: 531

Re: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights

Well, apparently I screwed something up. Replaced the stalk and now the turn signals don't work at all. Hazards are good, so clearly it must be something in the steering column. First thought maybe I blew a fuse, but I replaced it and they still aren't working. Also re-seated the relay. And no horn ...
by mobycat
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Body & Exterior
Topic: Bumper part search
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: Bumper part search

I thought about using a sticky tape solution. But I've noticed that the cap that originally was there also helps a little bit with holding it against the bumper. That's the main reason I was hoping I could find it. Part #29 would likely be easy to replace - any bolt that has the threading would do.
by mobycat
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights
Replies: 15
Views: 531

Re: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights

I'll see about getting resistance kits tomorrow. When I first tried it (without the headlights on), I was so happy to see the voltmeter gauge not jump up and down like normal with the turn signals. At the moment, I put the incandescents back in on the front and everything is good. (The relay I got w...
by mobycat
Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights
Replies: 15
Views: 531

Lighting - turn signals/hazard lights

So I replaced the turn signals with LED on my 81 convertible. I did the relay swap to an LED capable relay from SuperBrightLEDs. At this point, the rears work exactly as expected. The fronts, however, do not. When the main lights are turned off, the hazards and individual turn signals work perfect. ...
by mobycat
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Body & Exterior
Topic: Bumper part search
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Bumper part search

Anyone know the part number for #30 in this pic? I am missing 3 of them and need to replace the 4th. (I have the part number for #29)

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by mobycat
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: 1981 Rabbit Convertible... it has arrived!
Replies: 16
Views: 1055

Re: 1981 Rabbit Convertible... it has arrived!

Well, it's not the prettiest, but I got the broken bracket welded back together:

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by mobycat
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dual horn - still not 100%
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: Dual horn - still not 100%

Interestingly, while mine is a 1981, it was built in August 1980 and has the reverse light switch that only has a two blade connection. (Part #020-945-415A). But according to Cabby-Info, that's for 1988 and later models. (A typo on the site?)
by mobycat
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dual horn - still not 100%
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: Dual horn - still not 100%

"To test the reverse light switch: Disconnect the electrical plug, jump the black and black/blue wire terminals, turn the ignition switch to the battery-on position. If the lights turn on, the switch is faulty." I tried that and got no light. But then when I reconnected the wires and started the car...