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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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How do you turn on the high beam headlights?
Your car’s headlights have two modes of operation – low beams, which are dimmer and should be used during most driving situations, and high beams, which are much brighter and can illuminate the road ahead of you better. Here’s how...
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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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Are High and Low Beams Separate Bulbs?
This is a great question since depending on the vehicle and manufacturer the lights can be configured in different ways. This can be a concern if you find your headlights are not working, since you need to know what type...
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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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How do you change from high to low beam headlights?
Your Altima has both high and low beam functionality. This applies whether you have halogen bulbs or xenon bulbs. Changing from one to the other is easy. Here’s how: Push the headlight lever forward to change from your low...
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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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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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Q: 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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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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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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High beam headlight not working properly.
Hi there. The multifunction switch is not working and needs replaced. Check the fuses are good, but if the high beams works on the temporally side of the switch, then the fuse to the headlights is working. The switch has...
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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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Immediately after engine turns over power steering and dashboard loses power but comes back on after the car warms up.
Check to see if there is any loose wiring under the dashboard and if there is any loose ground wires. A loose wire will cause a circuit or multiple circuits to stop working. The wiring could be associated with a...
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Running really rough, not starting usually. Battery light came on. Car overheated. Headlights turn off when I put the high beams on.
Hi there. With the information given, it sounds like you accidentally put 3 bottles of Gas Heet (water / antifreeze remover) into the gas tank. There is to be only 1 bottle of Gas Heet to a full fuel tank...

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