• HOW TO: make your parking lights stay on with your headlights! 5 minute, super easy mod! (Part 1)

    Have you ever noticed that when you turn your headlights on, the parking lights go off?


    The factory wired your van like this because the factory alternator back in the 60's did not put out much juice... and this was a way to save on the amount of power required to run the lights, heater fan, radio and spark the ignition.

    If you have upgraded your alternator, then you can now re-wire your headlight switch to make your parking lights stay on with your headlights... which looks better, and is also safer for night driving. This mod is super simple and easy. It takes about five minutes with only a couple simple tools.

    Step one:

    Crawl under your dash and find the headlight switch. There is a spring loaded small button, press and hold this button and this will allow the headlight knob to come all the way out of the switch.


    Pull the headlight knob to the on position and depress the small button under the dash, pull the headlight on/off knob all the way out.


    Now, with a large flat screwdriver, or some needle-nose pliers, unscrew the retaining nut that holds the headlight switch assembly to the dash. Turn it counter-clockwise to loosen it. Use caution not to scratch or marr the washer behind it, which is made of soft aluminum.

    They probably make a special tool for this, but I didn't have it, so I just used what I had on hand, which was a screwdriver. Sometimes this nut can be stuck pretty tight and not want to let go, so you may have to use penetrating oil and work at it a little.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: HOW TO: make your parking lights stay on with your headlights! 5 minute, super easy mod! started by kookykrispy View original post
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