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re [80q] Electrical Problems

"mikesoft" <mikesoft@europa1.conwaycorp.net> wrote:

My 88 80Q seems to have a string of electrical problems. The 
passenger side window switch does not seem to work. It 
worked once but it could only open the window and then its
stopped again. My inside, hood and trunk lights (not sure if there is 
one) do not work. I have tested the bulbs and they seem to be
in perfect working order. I checked under the steering column
for any disconnected wires and there were only one ended 
connectors but no matching parts in the following colors, green,
white and one other color that I can't remember....in total three.
Other light not working include the one in the cigarette lighter/
ash tray. The sunroof switch misbehaves at times and will 
occassion refuse to work at all especially when I need to close
the sunroof. Any ideas as to how  I might tackle these problems
will be very much appreciated. Thank you. 
Wow!  Where to begin?  Sorry Mike, but these cars have these problems
routinely.  The  principal reason is contact corrosion.  You may be able to
salvage most of the door switches by carefully taking them apart and
cleaning them.  Otherwise, buy new ones.  Also the engine light can
sometimes be restored by cleaning of contacts inside.  Ditto window
switches.  A pain to take apart, but the contacts can be cleaned.  The lamp
in the ashtray is replaceable with commonly available lamps.

                .... Kirby   (Kirby A. Smith)
                              2.6 x 1988 90q
                          New Hampshire USA