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Headlights do not work when cold

1997 Jeep Wrangler. When I start the jeep the headlights will not come on when it is cold outside. The high beams will not flash either. All other lights work fine. They finally do come on after about ten minutes of warming up. This is only a problem because I work nights. I have a 98 Dodge Dakota that has been doing the same thing, temp. drops ,and the head lamps dont work, this has happend before and I change the switch, it still is happening , Never thought of the relay.there were time s that this happened and I slammed the hood down and they started working, I feel dumb.

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It sounds like the wire connectors not on snug. i've never heard of the weather causing this problem.

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