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Bob Nelson    Posted 11-15-2022 at 13:26:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Headlights not working
  • I restored my grandfather's 8N several years ago. Wanting to get the headlights working. They will work if I run a separate ground wire to the tractor chassis. But, won't work without the ground wire. Is this a matter of too much paint? I'm thinking that the paint is not allowing the light to ground?

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 11-22-2022 at 20:29:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Headlights not working
  • I avoided the issue by pulling two wires into each light housing so I could run ground wires back to where the battery ground strap is bolted. Seems like I had to use fixture wire that had thinner high temp insulation to fit both of them through the hole in the mounting bolt.

    Bob in KS    Posted 11-15-2022 at 16:50:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • paint and/or rust and corrosion. There are several sheet metal, battery box, and other connections that current has to go through to get back to the battery ground connection. As advised run the auxiliary ground wire and have a reliable fix for the problem

    Dean    Posted 11-15-2022 at 13:46:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Headlights not working
  • Not uncommon.

    I always run a dedicated ground wire to the lamp mounting bolts and terminate with a suitable terminal with star washer.

    Never any problems.

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