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How do you operate the High Beams?
Your car has both high and low beam headlights. You’ll generally use your Low Beams for the most part, particularly if you’re driving in an area where there are street lights, but you can use the High Beams in rural...
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Have to use high beams when driving.
This sounds to me like a not so uncommon problem where both headlamps actually burn out at the same time. Usually the culprit for such a thing would be the headlight bulbs themselves, but before I recommend replacing parts that...
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Problem with low beams, high beams work fine.
You may have a shorted wire going to the headlights. A technician can test all the fuses and check to see if the wiring is shorted to ground and diagnose the problem. I would look at the fuses to the...
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How do you replace a high beam headlight bulb?
Without operational headlights, you’re not safe driving on the road in low-light situations (dusk or at night). Not only can you not see where you’re going, but other drivers cannot see you. If one of your headlight bulbs has blown,...
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I turn my high beam headlights on and both headlights go out.
Hello, thanks for writing in about your Nissan Frontier. The only way to tell if it is the light bulbs or the switch is to check for power to the bulbs when you switch to high beam. Most of the...
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Front low beams out
You may have a problem with your headlamp switch, or with the wiring. YourMechanic can send a certified technician out to the location of your Civic for a diagnostic inspection of your car's light system, and recommend the best path...
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I use my turn signal and my brights come on
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Your turn signal and high beams are working on the same switch. If you push the switch up and down, it activates the turn signals. If you move the switch in towards you, it...
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Flashing dashboard lights
The xeon type head lights will tend to flash or go dim and bright when they are going bad. Replace both front headlight bulbs at the same time. They will fail close to each other and one will be dimmer...
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Turn signal causing high beams to come on
The symptoms described lead me to believe that your Cadillac may be experiencing a failing combination switch. The Cadillac’s turn signal switch controls a variety of lights, as well as your cruise control, and receives more use than any other...
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Dim high beams; low beams only shine 60-70 feet
With this being a new 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, if the mileage is still low enough to be under the manufacturer's warranty you may want to have the dealership look at it to make sure there is not an issue...
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High and low beams not working
Jeeps are known for having headlight switch issues. If fuses and relays are good, the headlight switch is the most likely culprit. If you need help with getting this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can diagnose the issue...
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Headlight malfunction
Hi, it is likely that you simply have a blown headlight on your 2009 Chevrolet Spark. There are low beam light bulbs and high beam light bulbs on your vehicle. Which bulb activates depends on the position of the headlight...
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Headlights don't work on low beam
Hello. Other than what you've already checked on your 2002 Dodge Ram 1500, there are only a few things that could cause the issue you're having. A faulty multifunction switch in the steering column, a faulty body control module under...
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The high beams won't work, and when I try to turn them on, all my other lights dim bright and the motor bogs down a little
Hi, thanks for writing in. The power for the headlights run through the switch on this truck (vs using relays to get full 12v to the bulbs. So the switch, or its connector plug has probably failed and must be...
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2007 Mustang Low-Beam headlight on only one side only comes on for 10 seconds then go outs, however high beams work fine!?!?
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2007 Mustang. The low beam circuit is monitored by the the Smart Junction Box. It's the fuse box in the right kick panel. Basically what this means is if the resistance, or...
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High beams not working on 2005 Pontiac GTO
In some cases, the connector can heat up if there is a short in the lighting circuit, and can melt on the inside creating a short that one can't necessarily see. The lighting circuits are controlled by the BCM or...
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My high beams dont work what could be the problem?
Hello and thank you for your question. The high beam switch sometimes tends to get stuck on low beams only. Check the high beam relay and see if it is clicking when the high beam switch is activated. If the...
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The high beam dash light stays on after the engine is shut off and the key is removed.
I suspect that the high beam headlight relay has burned contacts, and is sticking and "back-feeding" power to the high beam indicator. It could also be a problem with the digital dashboards GM put out during these years. Disconnecting the...
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Driver side headlights are dim. When I flash brights, the engine dies.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. First check the battery cables for a clean and corrosion free contact. If the battery is good, then there is a problem with the wiring in the steering column. There is a short crossing...
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my high beams wont go on
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The high beam light bulbs could absolutely fail at the same time. Its just highly unlikely unless there was a reason for them to blow. A reason such as a voltage spike. To start,...

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