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    Want to know the sidelight wire colour from the switch?
    Dont want to cut the wrong one as the harness is very short
     
     

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    Get a cheap multimeter. The one that becomes live when you turn the light on is usually the one.


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    Where would i do that though?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultergeist View Post
    Where would i do that though?
    I would start by carefully poppoing out the headlight switch..

    You can buy a cheap 'test light' from Halfrauds.. something like this http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_255216 (although you can get them MUCH cheaper than this!!)....

    Basically the crocodile clip will go to an earth (door hinge, any body part pretty much).. you then 'prod' the connections on the back of the switch where you see some exposed metal.. obviously, no point poking the insulation!! If you do it initially with no lights on at all you should get no reaction from the tester... then turn the side lights on and repeat the process... one of the wires should now be live and this will cause the bulb/meter on the tester to react.... This is the live feed for the sidelights...

    Hope that helps, if even a little

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    What about taking off the swith and sticking a live into the terminals?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poultergeist View Post
    What about taking off the swith and sticking a live into the terminals?
    And if you put a live into something that goes to earth you can melt or burn the loom and do more damage than good.

    A test light is handy BUT a multimeter will do the same and much more for like £7


    The fact that you are asking means you are on a learning curve, otherwise you may have connected a fog light to an improvised earth then used the fog light as a test lamp.

    Mutimeters have a very high resistance so don't allow much current flow so makes them quite a low risk of damage way to do stuff / learn.


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    Seems the way forward then
     
     

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    Mine is something like this with less features and cost me more 12 years ago

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/domestic-multimeter-37279

    For the most part you usually only need Ohms and DC Volts for basic car wiring


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