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PostSubject: Dash lights/Brights clicking on and off when starting car   Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:42 am

So here's a new one that started about a week ago.

Sometimes when I start my Riv the dashlights will flicker on and off real fast and I hear the clicking of the brights turning on and off.

The car starts fine and easily each and every time.

Not sure why the lights are flashing like that tho. Anyone else every experience this one?
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PostSubject: Re: Dash lights/Brights clicking on and off when starting car   Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:03 am

Mine did it the other day. Chalked it up to the battery being almost dead.. Charged it and the flicker went away.
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PostSubject: Re: Dash lights/Brights clicking on and off when starting car   Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:12 am

man, wtf. My first thought was a battery issue but this yellow top has been unstoppable since I had it.

Like I said, the car starts instantly with power. Lights just flicker.

Hmmm....

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PostSubject: Re: Dash lights/Brights clicking on and off when starting car   Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:15 am

Mine only did that when the battery was dead. Maybe run a voltage test?
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PostSubject: Re: Dash lights/Brights clicking on and off when starting car   Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:42 am

What's your voltage with key off when this happens? And with key on (engine not running)?

Does your twilight sensor work properly? (ie lights come on automatically at night and turn off automatically during the day)
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PostSubject: Re: Dash lights/Brights clicking on and off when starting car   Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:01 pm

deekster_caddy wrote:
What's your voltage with key off when this happens? And with key on (engine not running)?

Does your twilight sensor work properly? (ie lights come on automatically at night and turn off automatically during the day)

Dang, no idea on the voltage, Deek. I will check it out.

Yes, twilight is working fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Dash lights/Brights clicking on and off when starting car   Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:25 pm

Not 100% sure on how those circuits are setup, but I'm sure they have relays on them. Could one of them possibly be on its way out?
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PostSubject: Re: Dash lights/Brights clicking on and off when starting car   Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:23 pm


I had a similar situation in my 95. The horns were disconnected because they were shorting out and blowing the fuse. Consequently, my lights were flashing (dash and exterior) occasionally when I started the car. Being a new Riv owner I didn't put 2 and 2 together when it happened and it was driving me nuts. I noticed after a few minutes all would return to normal on its own. It turned out to be the car alarm going off, but without the horn blowing. Duh!

Don't know if that is what is going on with yours, but you might check the alarm.
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