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Headlight switch illumination

I have had the back lighting for the headlight switch going off and on for the last few weeks and finally today had the time to replace the bulb (LED) with a different type and now it doesn't work at all. I checked power between the ground (black wire) and hot (red wire) on the back of the headlight switch and I don't get any voltage at all. All headlights and interior lights work including the dash cluster illumination lighting. Anyone have a good schematic to look at. I've taken a look in my FSM's and it's hard to understand where the headlight switch is since i'm not seeing a black or red wire where it says "headlamp switch". Looking at the headlight switch as seated in the drivers seat the black wire is the furthest to the left in that connector and the red wire is the 3rd from the left. I have already verified continuity from the light bulb socket end to the electrical pin on the back of the switch and all is good there. Need some help guys.

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You probably know , but just in case, I am 99% sure the headlamp illumination light is powered through ign on, not dash lamps. ( on all the time lights on or off)

As you say the manual is less than helpful .

I went to check mine to see which fuse , and low and behold, my lamp is not working


I "think" it is fuse #11 powering through splice S232 ---------B4 on C200----------- splice S255 ------------ to headlamp terminal "F" but not 100% sure


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LEDs only work with one polarity. You may have the bulb in backwards. NO JOKE.

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LEDs only work with one polarity. You may have the bulb in backwards. NO JOKE.
I'm well aware of that but I've also back probed the wires at the back of the switch and don't have any power at the connector.

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Does this help?
http://www.goldsswagon.com/diagrams/...ight_w_drl.pdf

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I've already looked at those schematics as well and unless I'm wrong on the wire coloring on my switch connector that is different. I'm going to pull the lower dash back apart at lunch and get some pics and also reference the connector wire location numbers/letters.

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I "think" it is fuse #11 powering through splice S232 ---------B4 on C200----------- splice S255 ------------ to headlamp terminal "F" but not 100% sure
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Same as what I found in my 94 FSM "fuse block details" So it is a "hot in run" circuit.

This is what I had when I did the flash to pass. The plug is from the back(wire side) (1994 Caprice)

A Empty
B To Twilight Orange 18ga
C To Markers/Dash Dimer Fuses #41 #42 #43 Brown
D Headlight Switch Illumination Bulb Ground Black
E Power To Headlight High/Low Switch Yellow
F Headlight Switch Illumination Bulb Power Fuse #11 Pink
G Breaker Power To Twilight/Daytime Module Dark green/White
H From Exterior Lamp Fuse #31 Orange 16ga
J Empty
K From Fuse Link Red
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Tap Tap Tap , is this,,,,,

Did you look for power at headlamp plug terminal "F" with ignition on ?
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Ok, had a chance to mess with it at lunchtime and it turns out it's a bad ground. Now I just need to either chase the ground wire (should be left A pillar behind kick panel) or run a new ground wire. I'll start off by checking for a clean and tight ground bolt.

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Looks to have a ton sliced before the pillar ground.
One would have thought you would have a lot more going on if it was the main ground
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