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Old 04-03-2003, 11:37 PM   #21
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i got the bulb out, and the entire headlight and corner light are both out until i can go out to the junk yard and get a replacement. it got really cold so i decided to stop tinkering with it for the night lol
Sorry for not mentioning the headlight in the initial post.....this car needs alot of work, and id be going on and on till i have confused everyone with its problems lol. so ill just tackle one at a time.
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I'm glad you told us about the headlight. Try to get the old bulbs out. I would guess that the damaged bulbs are causing the power from the low beams to trickle into the high beam circuits and vice-versa because the old filaments may be touching.
Not exactly; this car does not have dual-filament (high/low-beam) headlamps. It'* _either_ the high-beam (inboard) bulbs _or_ the low-beam (outboard) bulbs going at any one time. However, they do share a common ground, and if that ground connection breaks, current coming down one circuit will double back through the other to seek ground, and operate both bulbs in series, at half-brightness. I guess it could also dimly light the high-beam indicator as well.

To the original poster: You said one headlamp unit is busted out? Is the one on the other side intact? Does that one show proper switching between low beam and high beam? (Any way you could get us a picture or two?)
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Ah yes... That'* right.
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when the previous owner had rear ended another vehicle he broke both headlamps...but on the drivers side all that broke was the mounting tabs, not the glass or bulbs. also it does NOT show proper switching between high and low beam.
and yes...the high beam indicator is dimly lit, its not lit up like it would be if the high beams were actually on.
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and yes...the high beam indicator is dimly lit, its not lit up like it would be if the high beams were actually on.
Well, there ya go. I suspect you have a bad ground on that side. (Have you got normal brightness on the other side?)

Try temporarily unplugging the high-beam headlamp on the problem side (i.e. disconnect the wires from the bulb). If the other headlamp on that side had in fact been using the first one as a ground (because the proper ground connection is broken), it will go out and stay out until you plug in the first headlamp again, regardless of whether you're selecting High beam or Low beam.
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tomorrow ill go out and test wether or not there is a broken ground, also what would you like me to take a picture of? i have a digital camera so i can get anything youd like. thanks for the ideas
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tomorrow ill go out and test wether or not there is a broken ground, also what would you like me to take a picture of? i have a digital camera so i can get anything youd like. thanks for the ideas
I was curious to see how much damage you had to the wiring harness behind the headlamps, assuming there'* nothing else damaged on the car. I don't know where the ground mounting point for the headlamps is offhand (I can wade through the factory manual for it if necessary) but I doubt it'* too far away from the headlamps themselves, and it'* also possible that somebody tried to replace portions of the headlamp wiring harness and botched the job.
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My 95 has DRL..also, my fogs are only on with low beams as well...flick the high beams and they go off. As for my old 89 I don't know for sure since they had stopped working by the time i got it :P
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also, my fogs are only on with low beams as well...flick the high beams and they go off :P
That'* normal; that'* how they are supposed to work.
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also, my fogs are only on with low beams as well...flick the high beams and they go off :P
That'* normal; that'* how they are supposed to work.
I know that...just mentioning it because someone else said that they stay on wheter low or high beams are on...
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