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DRL My headlights high and low beam are working; however, my DRL are not. The light on the dashboard is flashing

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  • juan_lomB Oct 17, 2008

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    In my previous request for help I said that my headlights are working; however, the passenger's side high beam is not working. When I start up the car the DRL light and headlight (on the dashboard) click and then flash. The headlight light then goes out but the DRL flashes on the dashboard while I am driving. The dimmers work fine.No daytime running lights and only one high beam, head light
    HELP???

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    No low light only drl and high light

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I had the same problem with my daughters 1998 Cavalier and found that the salt used on the Michigan roads and corroded through a wire. The when the light are used for driving lights they are hooked up in series on the 12v line and the wire between the lights had corroded. It has been a while and don’t remember exactly the point where I found the problem but it was by the driver side head light.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

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SOURCE: DRL-1998 Cavalier Z24

Check your DRL relay that is located in the fuse box. Also check the connector under the battery box for corrosion. (Not a smart place to put a connector) GM really messed up with the wiring on the 98-00 cavaliers headlights.

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SOURCE: DRL

1996-99 chevy trucks.There is a diode, located under the dash between the steering wheel and the radio, fastenen to the round dash bar. The bolt that holds it on, threads into the top of the bar, it is near impossible to get at with a wrench. It is a finned block of (usaully black) aluminum about 2 inches squared 3 inches long. I found a easy way to get it out. Looking up you will see two tabs bent holding the diode in a bracket, bend them out of the way( you may have to bend the bracket a little aswell) and with patience the diode will slide out of the bracket, then disconect the electrical plug-in. I have found that this is the main reason for day-time driving light failure

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Check your DRL relay that is located in the fuse box. Also check the connector under the battery box for corrosion. (Not a smart place to put a connector) GM really messed up with the wiring on the 98-00 cavaliers headlights.

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