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    my headlights have gone out. i'm pretty sure it's not because of my christmas lights drawing too much power. i unplugged the converter just to be sure but they still won't turn on. when i turn them on the inside lights on the dash come on and the parkin lights come on but the headlights won't. my step-dad changed the fuse while i was at work tonight but they still won't work. any ideas?

  • #2
    Just out of curiosity, did you try your bright lights when you turned on the lights? I see the posibility of one of two possibilities. The dimmer switch or the light switch. The circuit inside the light switch has seperate contacts for running lights and head lamp.

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    • #3
      Dude! Did you forget to check the light fluid again ? but really try what Starch said

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      • #4
        no not even the brights. which is really wierd because they've hardly ever been used so they're not burned out. meaning: i think there's a short somewhere. there's a nob that turns all off when it is vertical and if i turn it left, it's on auto. but if i turn it right one knotch it's parkin lights then regular then brights. i switched it all the way to brights and back and forth and only parkin came on. i don't have a dimmer. i don't think. clarify what this is. but they only "dimmer" switch i have is to dim or brighten the dash lights.

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        • #5
          turn sig switch instead of up and down for left and right pull it towards you for high and low beam

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          • #6
            what? that made no sense. but you don't pull it. it's a dial switch thing that you turn. it has a pic of the lights too.

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            • #7
              thats how lights are turned on ... the lever you move to use the turn signals is a multifunction switch moving it up and down is for turn signals to dim head lights it moves toward you. all in one spot so your eyes dont have to leave the road to find the turn signal or dimmer

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              • #8
                The bulbs would also be a fantastic thing to check.

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                • #9
                  right. got it now. also. how expensive are lamps? i'm pretty sure it's not them because not even my brights are working and they're never used.

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                  • #10
                    2 cents
                    check out your ground strap that goes to the front end (normally near top of radiator core support)
                    check headlamp relays in power distribution box under the hood.
                    if all else fails try running 12v direct from +post in battery to one of your headlamp wires
                    when mine went bad the back of the switch had melted and was completley f*&cked

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                    • #11
                      so i took it to this local guy in the hood who was really into offroading (not with jeeps though) before he started his shop last year. he's the guy that fixed my brakes and worked on my mom's karmann ghia (it's sa-weet). we tried messin around with it before i had to work and something IS wrong with the dimmer. sometimes it would work and sometimes not. he said it's either the light or dimmer switch hopefully. if not, then it's a wiring problem. he gave me A ROUGH estimate of 100-200 depending on which switch it is. if it's wiring, he didn't say. it pisses me off because i need my car at night for when i go to and from work and if i don't have lights soon i can't drive.

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                      • #12
                        I would be pissed if I had to spend $200 on my headlights.

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                        • #13
                          hell ya. he said it's not labor intensive just the part is expensive. any idea what a dimmer switch is technically known as so i can search 4wd?

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                          • #14
                            How many aggies does it take to turn a light on? 3, 1 to hold the light, 2 to turn the ladder. he he he, good ole rivalry, Hook em Horns!!!! Beat USC

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                            • #15
                              Tex the dimmer switch is $59 at advance auto parts its known as a dimmer switch turn signal switch and something else i think Dimmer switch #1

                              Turn signal/Hazard/wiper switch Same as the dimmer switch

                              Thats for a 95 Orvis i think thats what you said you have right ?

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