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My son just purchased a '82 280zx and all the lights on the circuit with the tail lights are not working(running lights, side markers,etc). We have checked the obvious, fuses, fusible links, switch,lighting relay, etc. We are looking for a common link other than what has been checked (hidded locations of connectors, etc). We purchased a Haynes manual(very little help) and referred to a neighbors Factory manual for a '78 model(good schematics but not sure of differences in model years). It will take 2-3 weeks to receicve a photo copy from Dyment and he would like to drive it before then. Can anyone help? I also checked your archives, but was unsuccessful in finding anything specific relating to our problem. Good site with a wealth of info for Z owners. Thanks.
 

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> My son just purchased a '82 280zx and all
> the lights on the circuit with the tail
> lights are not working(running lights, side
> markers,etc). We have checked the obvious,
> fuses, fusible links, switch,lighting relay,
> etc. We are looking for a common link other
> than what has been checked (hidded locations
> of connectors, etc). We purchased a Haynes
> manual(very little help) and referred to a
> neighbors Factory manual for a '78
> model(good schematics but not sure of
> differences in model years). It will take
> 2-3 weeks to receicve a photo copy from
> Dyment and he would like to drive it before
> then. Can anyone help? I also checked your
> archives, but was unsuccessful in finding
> anything specific relating to our problem.
> Good site with a wealth of info for Z
> owners. Thanks.

I bought a 74 260 and had the same problem. Found a burnt fuse on the circuit and replaced it but still had no lights. As it turned out, all the bulbs were bad. Now side markers, tail lights and stop lights work. I still need to replace dash light bulbs. It may sound simple but check for bad bulbs.
 

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> I bought a 74 260 and had the same problem.
> Found a burnt fuse on the circuit and
> replaced it but still had no lights. As it
> turned out, all the bulbs were bad. Now side
> markers, tail lights and stop lights work. I
> still need to replace dash light bulbs. It
> may sound simple but check for bad bulbs.

Don't forget to check the Headlight Switch on the steering column. It contains a seperate circuit for All the lights you mentioned.
 

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> My son just purchased a '82 280zx and all
> the lights on the circuit with the tail
> lights are not working(running lights, side
> markers,etc). We have checked the obvious,
> fuses, fusible links, switch,lighting relay,
> etc. We are looking for a common link other
> than what has been checked (hidded locations
> of connectors, etc). We purchased a Haynes
> manual(very little help) and referred to a
> neighbors Factory manual for a '78
> model(good schematics but not sure of
> differences in model years). It will take
> 2-3 weeks to receicve a photo copy from
> Dyment and he would like to drive it before
> then. Can anyone help? I also checked your
> archives, but was unsuccessful in finding
> anything specific relating to our problem.
> Good site with a wealth of info for Z
> owners. Thanks.
DAN

I OWN A 82 ZX AND I HAVE A SHOP MANUAL FOR MY 82 ZX .
IT MAY BE IN YOUR BEST INTREST TO BUY A SHOP MANUAL FOR YOUR Z.
WELL BACK TO YOUR PROBLEM :
IT MAY BE IN THE CONTACT POINTS IN YOUR HEADLIGHT SWITCH , BUT FIRST CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE GETTING POWER TO THE SWITCH. TO DO THAT CHECK THE WIRE GOING FROM THE FUSE BOX TO THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH FOR POWER THE WIRE COLOR IS RED WITH YELLOW STRIPE, CHECK IT AT THE WHITE CONNECTOR UNDER THE STEERING COLUMN, IF YOU ARE GETTING POWER TO THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH THEN CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE GETTING POWER OUT OF THE SWITCH, THE WIRE YOU NEED TO CHECK FOR THAT IS RED WITH A BLUE STRIPE, IF YOU ARE NOT GETTING POWER FROM THE RED WITH BLUE STRIPE WIRE THEN YOU HAVE A BAD HEADLIGHT SWITCH!
IF YOU NEED ANY MORE HELP PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DROP ME A LINE!

MD MIZE
 

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To all who have responded, I appreciate the info. I'll double check, but I'm fairly sure I checked the switch per your instructions and it checked good. If the switch checks good, would you have another suggestion. We're planning on ordering a Manual from Dyment-Distributors, but it will take 2-3 weeks to receive it. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

> DAN

> I OWN A 82 ZX AND I HAVE A SHOP MANUAL FOR
> MY 82 ZX .
> IT MAY BE IN YOUR BEST INTREST TO BUY A SHOP
> MANUAL FOR YOUR Z.
> WELL BACK TO YOUR PROBLEM :
> IT MAY BE IN THE CONTACT POINTS IN YOUR
> HEADLIGHT SWITCH , BUT FIRST CHECK TO SEE IF
> YOU ARE GETTING POWER TO THE SWITCH. TO DO
> THAT CHECK THE WIRE GOING FROM THE FUSE BOX
> TO THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH FOR POWER THE WIRE
> COLOR IS RED WITH YELLOW STRIPE, CHECK IT AT
> THE WHITE CONNECTOR UNDER THE STEERING
> COLUMN, IF YOU ARE GETTING POWER TO THE
> HEADLIGHT SWITCH THEN CHECK TO SEE IF YOU
> ARE GETTING POWER OUT OF THE SWITCH, THE
> WIRE YOU NEED TO CHECK FOR THAT IS RED WITH
> A BLUE STRIPE, IF YOU ARE NOT GETTING POWER
> FROM THE RED WITH BLUE STRIPE WIRE THEN YOU
> HAVE A BAD HEADLIGHT SWITCH!
> IF YOU NEED ANY MORE HELP PLEASE FEEL FREE
> TO DROP ME A LINE!

> MD MIZE
 

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Along with double checking if you even have power at the running light switch, check all the connectors that this power runs through. On my '76 schematic it shows that this power runs through 3 major connectors. You didn't say if the dash lights/cigarette/glove box lights worked. They are all on the same circuit, so if they work then I would certainly look for all the connectors it passes through before reaching the back of the car. On my '76 there is a large connector under the passenger seat that had pulled apart slightly and prevented my dome light from working. Also above the fuse box are some other major connectors to check.

As a note to a previous post, I've seen many cars that have nearly all of their bulbs blown out. This is usually because of a bad voltage regulator, they will sometimes short out when they blow and allow very high voltages into the system.

> To all who have responded, I appreciate the
> info. I'll double check, but I'm fairly sure
> I checked the switch per your instructions
> and it checked good. If the switch checks
> good, would you have another suggestion.
> We're planning on ordering a Manual from
> Dyment-Distributors, but it will take 2-3
> weeks to receive it. Any suggestions will be
> appreciated.
 

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> To all who have responded, I appreciate the
> info. I'll double check, but I'm fairly sure
> I checked the switch per your instructions
> and it checked good. If the switch checks
> good, would you have another suggestion.
> We're planning on ordering a Manual from
> Dyment-Distributors, but it will take 2-3
> weeks to receive it. Any suggestions will be
> appreciated.
DAN,

I RECHECKED MY MANUAL AND THERE IS A WHITE CONNECTOR OVER ON THE PASSENGER SIDE UNDER THE DASH, YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK IT THERE ALSO TO SEE IF IT IS GETTING POWER.
THE SHOP MANUAL SHOWS THAT THE RED WITH BLUE STRIP WIRE GOES FROM THE SWITCH TO THE CONNECTOR UNDER THE STEERING COLUMN TO THE OTHER CONNECTOR ON THE PASSENGER SIDE UNDER THE DASH, THEN TO THE PARKING LIGHTS.
YOU MIGHT TRY CHECKING THE GROUND WIRE .
I HOPE THIS WILL HELP !
IF YOU NEED MORE HELP DROP ME A LINE.
E-MAIL ADDRESS IS [email protected]

MD MIZE
 

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Thanks again. Hopefully we'll get a chance to check out the suggestions this afternoon. I'll keep the group posted to the outcome.
Dan
 

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Thanks. Got Lights!

Thanks for all your help. It was the switch. Your help is very much appreciated. Very helpful group.

Dan
 
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