Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Head lights gone out

asked by on

Both headlights went out in 1996 Oldsmobile bravada but all other lights work such as my tail lights blinkers and day lights what could be the problem

My car has 200000 miles.
My car's transmission is unknown to me.

Hello, thank you for writing in. If both headlights have gone out at the same time, its unlikely the issue is a bulb problem. You may want to start by checking the fuses first. There is also a relay that controls the high beams. Locate the relay and feel it while someone turns on the high beams. If you feel a click when this happens the relay should be ok, and you can look further down the circuit for the possible issue. If the relay doesn’t click, no power will be sent to the fuses and onto the headlights. After the fuses and the relay, you should look into the wires and make sure they are not damaged anywhere.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Head lights gone out

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car is stuck in Park

There is a solenoid that prevents the shifter from coming out of Park, unless your foot is firmly placed on the brake pedal. It is likely that the solenoid has failed and is not able to be activated to let...

Q: Fuel pump

There is a very good chance that your fuel pump is toast. That's a common problem with fuel injected cars. whether or not the fuel pump lives in the tank, most cars made since about 1985 pass the fuel through...

Q: Headlights are really dim, car is brand new

The headlight system on your car is controlled by a module and this module will put out a low voltage to the headlights on low beam and maximum voltage on high beam. The lighting system is programmed in the module...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.