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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-02-2016, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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64 IMPALA front turn signals

May be a stupid question, but should the front turn signal lights be on whenever the headlights are on? The turn signals work fine, but I don't remember if they should act as parking lights also!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-02-2016, 10:27 PM
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If the lamps are on with the head lights it would be as a marker light. Thee should be a noticeable increase in brightness if the turn signal is activated as they use a second filament with a higher wattage on turn and brake lamps (1157). Not all cars had marker lights, and I don't know if your model did or not. Some came on with anything beyond park on the light switch; while with others the marker lamps went out when the head lamps lit up.

It is just a function of trim level and type of car (make as well as model).

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It's a 64 Impala SS
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-02-2016, 11:31 PM
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I believe in '64, they still were like the older cars. When you pulled the switch out half way, the Parking Lights came on (along with the Tail Lights) and when the switch was out all the way, the Parking Lights went off when the Head Lights came on.

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1968 is the first year that any of the marker or park lamps came on with the headlights, at least on Chevrolet products.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2016, 04:20 AM
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So some one may have replaced the light switch after 1968 with a newer one possibly?

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2016, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for the replies, you are correct the parking lights come on when the light switch is half way and out when the headlights are on!
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