dim headlights - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


General GM Chat When starting new posts, please specify YEAR, MAKE, MODEL, ENGINE type, and whatever modifications you have made. Chat about all things GM (and related cars). Off-topic stuff should be in the Lounge, and all Model specific mechanical problems should be posted in the proper forum.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-23-2002, 11:41 PM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Custom88 is on a distinguished road
Default dim headlights

wow, I hadn't noticed it before because I'm used to driving the LeSabre, but the lights in my mom'* 95' are DIM! Do any of you other 95 Bonneville owners have a problem with your headlights being REALLY dim? My brother'* 92 lights are o.k., but her lights are absolutely horrible. You can barely see anything at all. What is going on here? (I'm talking about headlights, low and high beam both)
Custom88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2002, 04:06 AM   #2
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,204
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BonneAlien is on a distinguished road
Default

Are your fog lights on? Does she have covers?
BonneAlien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2002, 05:03 AM   #3
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Posts: 1,728
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
zzzzzeke is on a distinguished road
Default

how many miles does the car have on it? with high freeway miles the lenses could be pitted for debris. If nothing else try taking out the assemblies and let a cleaning solution soak inside. Or else try upgrading to piaa type bulb.
zzzzzeke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2002, 05:35 AM   #4
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default

If you don't fihd an electrical problem, try using Sylvania Cool Blues or Silver Stars. Both are brighter. I'd be curious to see how the high beams look as well, and to see if it'* not just an aiming problem. Try checking the voltage at the connectors, and comparing them to another car, like the Buick.
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2002, 01:10 PM   #5
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Custom88 is on a distinguished road
Default

she has 78,000 on it, mostly country road driving, the lenses have no covers, and are totally clear. I'll have to check the voltage on them too. I don't think it'* aiming, because they are even dim looking at them from the front, and the fog lights are always on, yes. It'* gotta be an electrical problem or something.. another thing I noticed, is that while the car is running, there is a constant, steady, flickering of all the lights when the car is idling. It'* not a huge flicker, but enough you can notice. The climate control face is what flickers the most (digital display.) Hell, if you turn up her stock radio, the lights dim BAD inside (the lights change in brightness about by 50% when they dim to the music.) That just isn't right. The voltage gauge inside the car is usually close to 15 volts too, so I'm not so sure if it'* a bad alternator, or not?
Custom88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2002, 02:20 PM   #6
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default

The response time on the gauge may not be quick enough to pick up the erratic voltage. Get a meter on that thing.
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2002, 02:45 PM   #7
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: East Lansing, MI
Posts: 294
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
skza is on a distinguished road
Default

Has she ever had her alternator replaced? I know once I get my sound system installed, my alternator is gonna croak on me.
skza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2002, 07:03 PM   #8
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Custom88 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by skza
Has she ever had her alternator replaced? I know once I get my sound system installed, my alternator is gonna croak on me.
nope, she is still on the origional alternator (that I know of anyway.) I guess I'll have to take it out for her, and take it to autozone to have them test it. I know when the alternator went out in my LeSabre, it was only putting out 10 amps, and 2 volts of current. I bought a Duralast Gold for my car, damn thing cost about $180 too!
Custom88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2002, 02:32 PM   #9
Senior Member
Posts like a Corvette
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Cali
Posts: 1,587
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
speedyguy is on a distinguished road
Default

Many moons ago I was told of this problem and it was based on a problematic lighting system. I also have this problem and it gets better with a new alternator but there is a proper fix I even think it was a recall at one time. Look under Alldata.

I just turn them off and drive on. Squinting and crossing your fingers helps.

Ty
speedyguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2003, 07:36 PM   #10
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,409
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
acg_ssei is on a distinguished road
Default

> nope, she is still on the origional alternator (that I know of anyway.)

*boggle*

Really??? My '93 SSEi is now on alternator #4, at 109K. Each one lasted several years and several K, then quietly went away. Usually I notice the dash lighting was getting dim, then suddenly discover (_never_ when I'm home; _always_ when I'm stuck in some stupid parking lot in the middle of nowhere) that the car won't start 'cause the battery'* dead...

Get an alternator output test if you haven't already done so...
acg_ssei is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Headlights Dim when Brakes Applied bobinyelm 1992-1999 2 02-27-2014 10:26 AM
Remote Start - Headlights dim TinaK Pontiac 7 01-19-2011 02:49 PM
Dim Headlights BonnevilleBran Everything Electrical & Electronic 12 12-08-2009 12:58 PM
New Pioneer does not dim when headlights are on. laydbaak Audio (and aftermarket electronics) 5 07-22-2004 10:04 PM
Dim dashlights bonnie90se Oldsmobile 1 10-18-2003 02:41 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:00 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.