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    1968 Sprite MKIV Lights/Electrical

    Hi Everyone! I'm new to the forum, and I've just purchased my first Classic. It's a 1968 Sprite MKIV (HAN9) and I'm trying to sure up some things before really considering ready to drive around. One of my major concerns is the lighting. Here is the situation:


    • When I flip the light switch to the middle (for parking lights) nothing comes on.
    • When I flip the light switch to the bottom (for headlights) the right headlight turns on bright and the left head light is dim.
    • When I flip on the high beams, the left highlight is bright, but the right headlight is dim.
    • When I flip on the emergency flashers, everything works as expected.
    • When I flip the dashboard light switch, nothing happens. (note: It did work before I replaced the battery and had to jump start it.)
    • Brake lights work as expected.


    Does anyone have a good place to start? Is this a grounding issue? Or rusted connectors? Maybe the switches? I want to sort out the lights, specifically the headlights, before I take it out as I don't want to be caught out at night without proper headlights.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who might have info!

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    Re: 1968 Sprite MKIV Lights/Electrical

    That all sounds normal to me! Welcome to the Forum. While someone here can probably answer your question,try also posting in the Spridgets forum, as that is where the concentration of Sprite expertise is. Hit the Forum tab at the top and scroll down to Spridgets.
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    Re: 1968 Sprite MKIV Lights/Electrical

    Great, thanks CLEAH! I appreciate the guidance!
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    Re: 1968 Sprite MKIV Lights/Electrical

    The easiest and cheapest way to start is tracing back from the headlights. Disconnect all the connections, rub them shiny and trace the grounds. Make sure the ground connects to shiny metal. That should take care of it. If not, we can follow up from there.
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    Re: 1968 Sprite MKIV Lights/Electrical

    Yep AS Rick pointed out this sounds like a grounding issue.
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