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Headlights won't turn on,all other exterior lights won't turn off.

I have a 96 Nissan Sentra XE, I turned the lights off one night and notice that only the headlights turned off and all the other lights ie..(side marker,rear lights,license plate) stay on.When I turn the switch to the on position the headlights did not come back on. When I turn the car on the turn signals work fine also.The high beams won't come on in the on position, but they will if I flash it in the position toward the driver.I've replaced the combo switch and still get the same thing.I've traced the headlamp wires and can't a short. I don't have daytime running lights or fog lights. Can you please help me. Thank You.

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maklean
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check lighting relay and replace if necessary

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

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Clyde,

I've been troubleshooting this same problem on a different vehicle this week, and I can give you the steps I'd take.

1. If both sides went out at the same time, the problem is *NOT* likely to be the bulbs.

2. Check the fuses to see if both low beam lights are on the same fuse. Many cars have one fuse for low beam and another for high beam, so both lights out at the same time typically means fuse blown.

3. If the headlights are OK and the fuses are OK, then the problem is *LIKELY* the headlight switch. In my case, AutoZone has one and it can be installed easily; but in your case, that may not be as simple.

Please post your findings or comments.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

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SOURCE: right side headlight stays on after switch shutoff

have you looked into the relay?

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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hammerhamcd
Your year Pathfinder, as mine, had a slew of bad head light switches. The headlight switches caused a slurry of intermediate nightmares for a lot of customers. Many complaints included:
1. My head lights sometimes turn off upon switching from low to high beams.
2. My lights turn completely off when I switch to high beams.
3. My lights flicker when I switch from high to low beams and vise verse.
4. My lights sometime wont turn on at all.
5. My lights go on and off on bumpy roads.
6. My lights sometimes come on by themselves.
All of these different but similar complaints contribute to the infamous head light switch. There has even been reports of continuous dead battery's due to the head light switch turning the lights on and off intermittently and eventually deadening the battery.
The light switch is relatively easy to replace. Simply remove the the two upper and lower steering column covers, disconnect the two wiring harness bulk head connectors, a couple screws and wallah.
Remember your safety and always dissconncet your your battey upon electrical repairs.
Just last week I bought a new head light switch for about $70.00. I would highly recommend buying a new head headlight switch and not buying a junkyard special. You will likely be buying another faulty switch.
Good luck!!!!
Triple H Outfitters







Posted on Dec 11, 2008

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I dont know that much about cars m8, but that sounds to me like you may need your alternator looking at!!!

It's as if your loosing power out of your battery or something!

Regards Jemma

Posted on Dec 20, 2008

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