'85 Berlinetta here too...I'd recommend checking every wire from the
headlights back. If you've ever been nudged in either front quarter, the
headlight buckets (large fibreglass unit spanning the whole front end) may
have cracked and throw things out of whack, which can also cause wires to
rub in annoying places.
That possibility is usually only applicable if ONE headlight is out,
PS: If you know where you can find a parts car, start snagging parts
NOW...they're getting damned hard to find anymore...especially for the
85's!!! Any of the custom electronics...have backups if at all possible!!!
Which reminds me...the left control pod is a likely source of the trouble.
If the running lights come on when you hit that button, but the headlights
don't come on with the headlight button, that should be fine. If the
running lights--but not the headlights--come on when you hit the headlight
button, then the control pod is likely NOT where the problem lies. If that
on the bloody car now...but it's highly likely that all it will be in the
end is a frayed wire or the tiniest little bit of missing insulation
The trouble with the Berlinettas I'm told is that all the electronics
systems are tied together in weird and wonderful ways...if there's any way
that you can get a complete schematic of the TOTAL wiring system, that's
best bet to start. It's gonna be a bitch, either way, but if it keeps you
out of a dealer's bay and saves you the $600 in "alleged testing" it'll be
While they were "diagnosing the problem" with mine, they screwed up the
dash, console, the lighter never worked again, the rear ashtray "went
missing"...that was the last time I ever took my car to a dealer,
incidentally. (Like that would be a surprise to anyone...)
I wish ya luck!
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