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    Headlight works sometimes

    I went out to the car in the garage and turned the headlights on and they both poped up and when I turned them off only the passenger side went down. The car was not running at this time.

    I then got the keys and turned the lights on so the passenger side would pop up and then I started the car and went for a little drive (about 4 miles) with the lights up, then I turned them off and they both went down.

    Whats going on?

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    Sounds like your headlight gear(s if both) are about to be stripped out. You have a couple of options.

    Best - swap the plastic gear out for a brass or aluminum one.

    Cheapest - rotate the gear 180*. The motor only uses one half.

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    Sorry its not the brass gear in the motor because I installed them last June and besides the light didn't grind when it went up or down.

    I'm thinking that it might be loose mounting bolts for the headlight motor, or a bent stop bar for that motor, or moisture got in the electrical connection for the motor, or that the battery is putting out to low of voltage.

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    Check the electrical connector for the headlight that connects it to the body harness. Even though it is a weather sealed type connector mine still got corroded and would ground properly. I ended up having to replace the pins inside the connector to complete the circuit properly.

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