Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do you turn on the high beams?

asked by on

How do you turn on the high beams?

While your car has low beam headlights that should be used for most driving situations, it also has high beam headlights. These are for use in areas where there is little-to-no oncoming traffic and there are no street lights (such as on rural roads at night). Here’s how to change the headlights from low to high beam:

  1. Make sure the ignition is on or the engine is running.
  2. Turn the headlights on by moving the control knob to the second position.
  3. Locate the turn signal switch on the side of the steering column.
  4. Push the turn signal switch forward to change from low beams to high beams.
  5. Pull the switch back toward you to change from high beams to low beams.

For more information on using your high beams, check out this article: https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/4-essential-things-to-know-about-your-car-s-high-beams

Tip:

To flash your high beams, pull backward on the turn signal switch quickly and then release it (with the headlights set to low beams).

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!

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: I am having strange issues with my turn signals and headlights.

Hello. Most likely you have a bad ground some place. Grounds for the lighting system will be in several different locations throughout the car. The combination switch inside your steering column is a common culprit. What is happening is electricity...

Q: What could be the reason the front shakes when I go over 60mph.? Thank you for your help.

Hi...unbalanced wheels and tires, tire defects and bent wheels, and loose, worn out suspension parts are the typical causes of vehicle front end vibration at speed. It is also possible that loose, or defective, motor mounts can be a cause...

Q: How do I recline the front seats?

It only takes a few seconds to recline the front seats. To do so, first locate the recline lever on the outboard side of the seat. Then, pull the lever, and push the seat into the desired reclining position. Release...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.