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where can I buy these connectors-headlight plug

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This plug always gives me issues and my headlights stop working ( I have to bump it or puon the wires) I want to fix this by replacing the connector. it gets hot when the lights are on and I don't trust that.

Where can I buy these connectors and how should I replace it.

should I just splice the wires or purchase the real connector

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Heat means there is electrical resistance, possibly caused by unclean connectors, or just a lot of amps flowing through the connector.

These connectors can be taken apart and cleaned but suggest you make a drawing showing which wire goes into which hole before you disassemble.

Each male pin is secured in the plastic surround by a small barb. Depress the barb and the pin should slide out. Clean with some wet/dry sandpaper and if you have it, some Deoxit or other over-the-counter stuff, then reassemble.

The female side of the plug can also be disconnected, cleaned and so on...

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To follow-up to Honolulu's post, look real carefully at the plug and at each wire you will see a small slit. Up in that slit you will see the barb. (sounds dirty doesn't it?) Take a paper clip or sharp pick and depress that barb as you pull the wire out.

Then, when you put it back together, you may have to bend that barb back up to catch on reassembly.

"Simple once you catch on"

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This plug always gives me issues and my headlights stop working ( I have to bump it or puon the wires) I want to fix this by replacing the connector. it gets hot when the lights are on and I don't trust that.

Where can I buy these connectors and how should I replace it.

should I just splice the wires or purchase the real connector

can running H 4 headlight (65/55w) without relays be enough to cause that heating up?

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Can't say if it will or not. Every car has a personality. What I did on my 72 was buy the Painless Performance relay kit from Summit. worked great, installed easily and was imho a good value. It is not original, so that may kibosh the idea, but it was a good kit.

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Imho

The female sockets may have been stretched, enlarging an air gap between the pin and socket. Maintenance and retightening of the female pin sockets, inspect the wiring, and check the headlight switch for resistance. The addition of a relay circuit always helps and reduces strain on the main headlamp wire harness and makes the lights really perform. Stealth mods are for ones that want to retain originality and can be done.

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