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Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:54 pm 
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Well this could be a long story so i do appoligise in advance.
Some time ago i got an electric ariel, fitted it and dodged the wires so it would go up i.e. power and earth straight to the wires on the ariel.
after being so long fixed in the up position i finally got a switch and used the diagram i found here on somewhere and it blew fuses.

anyone got any ideas as to why this may be? could it be because of the switch? i am using a window switch out of an AU.

any help/suggeestions muchly appreciated

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:20 pm 
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I'd say with a fair amount of confidence that you've not wired the power window switch properly - have a look at http://www.fordmods.com/forums/documents.php?doc=69 and check with a multimeter which terminals are closed with the switch in various positions, then you can work out whether a certain position makes a short cct or not.
Unfortunately a short cct is the result of incorrect wiring.

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:46 pm 
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figure 6 in that doco is as how i wired it up. so what would i have to look for with a multimeter? i dont have one but will be able to use one tomorrow.

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:58 pm 
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Leroy wrote:
figure 6 in that doco is as how i wired it up. so what would i have to look for with a multimeter? i dont have one but will be able to use one tomorrow.
Study fig 6 and understand how the power flows are reversed, and you should be able to figure out the internal contact positioning, then check the switch - you may have it wired mirror image (if that makes sense).

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:22 pm 
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well i just pulled the switch apart. i think i may need to use a different switch. there is a piece of what looks like copper joining one diaganol pair of terminals together. does this seem right?

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:50 pm 
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its got my stuffed.

will get a multi meter tomorrow. what do i need to be testing/looking for? and maybe the window switch isnt suitable after all??
anyway im going to bed. hope someone can think of some helpful ideas.

thanks for your help

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:43 am 
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Leroy wrote:
well i just pulled the switch apart. i think i may need to use a different switch. there is a piece of what looks like copper joining one diaganol pair of terminals together. does this seem right?
Yes, that's fine - saves you putting a joining link yourself.
Take on board what I've already said, and you'll figure it out.

 

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