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Doing Some Wiring Checks On Ignition, What Is this Terminal For?


Captain Manly

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Use a voltmeter to check the ignition switch terminal in your picture for continuity...is it hot all the time or only if the ign is on.  If the former, as John pointed out it could be used for almost any accessory that needed uninterrupted current (clock, radio memory etc).  If only hot with the ignition on, then it's probably the terminal the factory allocated for the radio.  Make sure your radio has an in-line fuse, as that terminal isn't fused through the fusebox.  

 

FYI there should be a number stamped into the bakelite by the terminal.  You'll need a mirror and a magnifying glass to read it, but knowing the number will tell you the terminal's function by reading a wiring diagram.

 

cheers

mike

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Been a long time, but if my memory is correct, that terminal is for the European parking lights (right signal side when parked) for continental European delivery cars. My ti of days yore would illuminate the front and rear turn signal if the signal switch was turned on, with the keys removed and car  parked.

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