Headlights: strength and excessive draw
Just purchased an older DP that in most respects is wonderful and nominal in performance. The only glitch has to do with headlights and any suggestions would be much appreciated.
1. headlight beam - the headlights (sealed beams) are relatively new and yet their effectiveness is marginal after the sun sets. In fact, the day-time running lights appear more powerful as far as illumination than the regular headlights as well as high beam setting. Any experience with headlights that I should know about to address this issue?
2. when the headlights are turned on the voltmeter takes a significant hit as indicated by the needle leaving the center position and dropping to the approximate 1/4 level ... still within the "normal" designation of the meter. Before the headlights are turned on, the mere use of the turn signal causes the volt meter to fluctuate with each blink of the turn signal.
In addition, even without the headlights or any other draw on the system, the volt meter indicator registers a gradual erosion from mid-normal to lower and lower normal ... I've always stopped before the needle enters the red zone (not normal).
Sure would appreciate any advice or recommendations.
Thanks in advance
Triple E 3126 Cat DP