[T3] Question about non-working headlight

Jim Adney jadney at vwtype3.org
Thu Jan 26 22:54:07 PST 2012

On 26 Jan 2012 at 22:06, Norman Roush wrote:

> Noticed my right headlight is not working, neither Hi or Lo beam. 
> Fuses are OK.  Intstlled spare light, no change.  Installed spare
> light in left side and it worked so think its wiring, maybe the
> ground?  Where is the right light grounded?  since neither Hi nor Lo
> work and they have separate wires and fuses I''m guessing its the
> common ground. Any ideas? 

It's either the ground or the wire running to the right side. Remove 
the trunk liner. You'll find the wires and the ground under there. 
The ground wire comes back into the trunk and terminates under a 
screw just inside the trunk. Turning that screw back and forth a few 
times may break thru the rust and fix the problem. 

If that's it, take the screw out, coat everything with a bit of heavy 
grease or LPS-3 and reinstall. That should keep it from happening 
again. If that was the problem, grease the other side, too, while 
you're in there.

A voltmeter or test light is a big help with problems like this. It 
lets you see exactly where you have voltage and where you don't.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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