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    Bad headlight switch?

    Hey guys. My headlights won't come up at least two - three times a week now. This problem is getting worse. I had to cycle the switch 4 times yesterday for them to come up. I do see my foglights turning on when i'm cycling the switch. I'm thinking I need a new headlight switch, correct? I heard of the headlight module but I'm not sure if it will cause this issue. Anyone can confirm this with me before I order the switch? Thanks and Happy Father's Day!

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    I have had a problem similar to this, the electrical stuff on these cars are funny, I took the harness where the headlight harness clips into the wire harness and it was corroded and nasty, cleaned it up and the problem disappeared. You probably already tried this, but it worked for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyman View Post
    I have had a problem similar to this, the electrical stuff on these cars are funny, I took the harness where the headlight harness clips into the wire harness and it was corroded and nasty, cleaned it up and the problem disappeared. You probably already tried this, but it worked for me
    no, i haven't done anything yet. Are you talking the harness behind the headlight switch in the dash?

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    no. it's the clip where you can disconnect the headlight wiring from the wiring harness. follow the wires right from the headlight back, you will have about 8-10 inches you will run into the clip Im talking about. I don't remember exactly but it has a connector with 5 or 6 wires. I will look for a pic online
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    It's right behind the headlight basket. follow the headlight motor wires back and u will find it, there is one for each headlight. when the passenger side one was filthy for me neither headlight motor would work
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyman View Post
    Click for full size It's right behind the headlight basket. follow the headlight motor wires back and u will find it, there is one for each headlight. when the passenger side one was filthy for me neither headlight motor would work
    Oh yes I had check that plug. It is clean. I was reading on my service manual and I have to check if the headlights are actually turning on but staying down. If they are, it could be the headlight module.

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    Good luck, always seems running down electrical problems is always a pain in the ass.
    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    Oh yes I had check that plug. It is clean. I was reading on my service manual and I have to check if the headlights are actually turning on but staying down. If they are, it could be the headlight module.
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    Another thing to check is if the headlight motors are bad.
    There is a hand crank on the top of the motor, you have to remove a rubber cap
    to get at it. Turn it until it loosens up on each one, then try the switch. If they pop
    up, then it may be the motors. I have the brass gears, but now they shut too tight
    and sometimes I have to help them get started.

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    Checked all the connectors and they were clean. I really doubt that both motors are going bad at the same time. I just got a new headlight switch from rockauto. It's installed and so far they are working good. Time will tell if I solved the issue...

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    glad you got it all squared away.


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