Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Headlight Switch

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Headlight Switch

If the high beams, daytime running lights, or headlamps are not working consistently, you may need to replace the headlight switch. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Headlight Switch Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Volkswagen GTI $299 $228.78 $70.00 11% $336.28
2009 Kia Sorento $109 $38.98 $70.00 25% $146.48
2014 Nissan NV1500 $107 $36.99 $70.00 25% $144.49
2013 Lincoln MKS $165 $94.88 $70.00 18% $202.38
2003 BMW 320i $319 $249.17 $70.00 10% $356.67
2003 Ford Mustang $98 $28.06 $70.00 27% $135.56
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Headlight Switch?

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The headlight switch, commonly referred to as the dimmer switch, is the electronic switch that is responsible for controlling the vehicle’s headlight functions. They are most commonly found as a part of the combination switch lever that is usually mounted on the steering column, however they can also be found as buttons or knobs mounted on the interior of the vehicle. The switch usually controls the vehicle’s interior lights, the running lights, the low beam headlights, high beam headlights, and in some vehicles the automatic headlight system. As with any electrical switch, with regular use, it may eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Usually a bad or failing headlight switch will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential issue.

1. Issues switching between modes

One of the most common symptoms of a faulty headlight switch is issues switching between headlight modes. If the headlight switch fails or wears out it can cause problems operating the headlights. A broken switch may only work on certain modes, or may cause them to come on and off intermittently and erratically. Any problems with the vehicle’s lights can become a safety hazard due to the decrease in illumination and visibility.

2. Issues with the high beams

Another symptom of a bad or failing headlight switch is issues operating the high beams and more specifically, issues keeping the high beam engaged. Most headlight switches operate by pulling the lever backwards and locking it into place to activate the high beam headlights. Over time however the switch can break, which can lead to issues keeping the high beam headlights turned on. A broken switch may still be able to turn the high beams on, however a faulty switch may pop loose and cause the high beams to disengage.

3. None of the lights work

Another symptom, one of more serious issues, is vehicle lights that do not work at all. If the headlight switch completely fails it may prevent all of the vehicle’s lights from functioning. You may find that when you go to turn on the headlights, none of the modes will turn on any of the lights. A vehicle without any functioning lights is not safe to drive, especially in low light and nighttime situations.

Usually a faulty or problematic headlight switch will produce quite noticeable symptoms, however sometimes other problems can produce the same symptoms. If you suspect that your headlight switch may be having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if the switch should be replaced.

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Cesar

6 years of experience
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Cesar
6 years of experience
Cesar was thorough and made sure everything was in working order before leaving. I would recommend Cesar to others and for any future vehicle issues I may have.
2000 FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY - HEADLIGHT SWITCH - SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Brandon

17 years of experience
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Brandon
17 years of experience
First I want to say Brandon arrived several hours before my appointment time which already left a grear impression and worked out well for me because I had to be somewhere. Brandon text me the morning of very professional and respectful and ask was it ok if he came early. Upon Brandon arrival which again was way ahead of schedule he greeted me with a handshake and got right to work. Now I was expecting this job to take at least an hour and a half but Brandon finished it less than 45 minutes basically I needed my headlight switch replaced that controls the light so it was very imperative that I got it done or else I wouldnt be able to work. I appreciate Brandon's professionalism, punctuality, and efficiency which are all keys to great customer service. If I ever need services again, hopefully not lol, I would book Brandon in a heart beat. You have a tremendous asset to your company.
2013 CHRYSLER 200 - HEADLIGHT SWITCH - SANFORD, FLORIDA

Jay

34 years of experience
519 reviews
Jay
34 years of experience
Jay was great, he took the time to make sure the job was done right. I would definitely recommend Jay to others.
2007 TOYOTA CAMRY - HEADLIGHT SWITCH - POMONA, CALIFORNIA

Brandon

17 years of experience
489 reviews
Brandon
17 years of experience
He did nice job -I provided incorrect info on car year but he said no problem and returned next day with correct part returned next day
2004 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS - HEADLIGHT SWITCH - WINTER PARK, FLORIDA

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