I suggest the headlamp switch is probably OK - remember that the headlamps
go out when you turn off the ignition ie controlled by ignition switch.
To reduce headlamp deterioration fit relays to reduce the current and
therefore the heating effect on the headlamp switch. OR you could do as I
have done and fit HID headlamps. These only consume 35 watts and are far
brighter than halogen lamps. Fitting higher power halogen lamps only heats
up your headlamps and (as I found out ay considerable cost) cracks your
headlamp lens. HIDS kits are readily available on Ebay. Just state the bulb
type and temperature you want - don't go above 6000K - they are blue and
result in the police booking you. For high/low beam type in "bixenon HID".
The kits are basically plug and play except for having to mount the
transformer case. They were around the $120 mark when I fitted mine.
] On Behalf Of bencroft96
Sent: Saturday, 3 July 2010 2:09 PM
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Stranded in New England
Peter,as well as an ignition switch,sounds like you are up for a headlight
switch too!Common problem.The switch can burn out after continual
hi-beam.Has happened to me in two T3s.I always carry a spare now.You could
have other issues as well,you will know soon enough.
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<mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia%40yahoogroups.com> , "anni43elli" <peter@...>
> Interesting story guys and gals. After installing a decoupler and enjoying
2WD we headed off for 7 day campimg tip full of enthusiasm. First stop
friends who live in an awesome mud brick house in the back blocks of the New
England area. Place called Rockvale. Driving along on Friday night about 45
km from Ebor on the road to Guyra waiting to get to a turmn off to the
Rockvale Rd. Lights give a flicker. Odd!!!! Then again. Hmmmm. Then suddenly
at 100 kph they go out. Quickly try the high beam option by pulling back the
stalk and I still have lights. Ann hold the lights on while I drive and
change gear etc. Then engine give a sputter and stops dead!!!! We pull over.
Still have lights on high beam but engine will not turn over. Luckily I got
a waek mobile signal and our friend John comes to opur rescue. In case its
the battery we try jumper leads. Still no good. We tow the veghicle to a
side road and leave it for the night.
> Drove back in the morning and tried a couple of things. My suspicion is
the ignition switch as it feels a bit different. Tried to hot wire without
success. Lack of knowledge. Back to John's house ring the NRMA and then wait
on the Guyra Rd for the NRMA man. We go to the car. He cannot diagnose but
also thinks it could be the switch. Relay was clicking with fiddling thye
key in the switch but engine would not crank. Tip tray called. I wait in
freezing van for 1 1/2 hours for a trip to Auto Electrician in Armidale. We
get there at 4.45 pm push Syncro into workshop. The expert get a couple of
wires and the car starts straight away. Yep, electrics inside switch are
stuffed. He is on the case on Monday but camping holiday on hold until we
see what he can do on getting parts on Monday. Back up is a jury rigged
ignition switch to get us on the road.
> Lucky I have NRMA Premium. They were great. Have a hire car and they paid
for taxi etc. We are about 36 km from Armidale.
> Luckily we are in a great house with good friends. House has no power or
services but does have a Telstra dish. Hence I can send email. We have heaps
of food and wine, firewood for roaring fires. A forced relaxation time.
> Next step is a call from the Auto electrician on Monday.
> Oh the joys of owning 20 year old cars.
> Will keep you posted, Peter
> PS. Ken will be pleased to know I have a new bull bar from Sydney awaiting
installation later next week and by the way he has two black ones left if
anyone is interested. Ken at Ambula, Old Pittwater Road.