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Re: head light is real dim
Likely you have a bad ground at the bulb socket! You can either clean it, add another ground wire, or both! Don't ground a power lead... Identify both running power and hi-beam power before making ground! You can use a test light to do this!
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Dec 14, 2008 - 8 posts - 2 authors
I have a 2000 chevy malibu with headlight problems. ... High beams work correctly.... I suspect a ground problem but cannot locate the ground cluster. ... Grouped together there, one pink wire to the Headlamp Switch, and one to ... my Wife's car has lowbeam on the left side that just won't work and now the ...
Headlights grow dimmer by up to 20% over time and eventually burn out - for this reason, we recommend changing your headlights in pairs. Changing both headlight bulbs on your Malibu at the same time will allow both bulbs to have the same intensity and prevent the new headlight bulb from appearing brighter than the bulb on the opposite side. In some Chevrolets, the highbeam is the same bulb as the headlight and it is possible for the highbeam to work, but the headlight be burnt out even if they are the same bulb (and vise versa). Some Chevrolets have high intensity discharge headlights, sometimes referred to as xenon lights. These bulbs have a very high voltage that runs through them, even if the battery is disconnected. If your Malibu has this type of bulb, we do not recommend that you attempt to change it yourself.
When you change the headlight on your Malibu, it is important to not touch the glass part of the bulb with your fingers because the oil from your fingertips will cause that part of the bulb to burn hotter, which significantly shortens the life of the bulb.
When you replaced bulb,all wiring and bulb connector looked good,no corrusion,wires not burned or strayed.With dim lights,means just a little power going to light bulb.Did you check the fuse in fuse box,could be a loose connectoion,check both fuses,left and right headlight.swap them out and see,if fuses are good then,it may be the headlight switch,which cost the most.Here's a link on how to replace.Here's the part.
low beam not working could be relay or bad contact at stork control. Fog lights should only work with park lights on. not supposed to be on with headlights like in the movies. This is illeagle in australia to have head lighs and fog lights on together as well as being dangerous to other motorists
Head lights can be a pain at times but before jumping to conclusions... Have you taken the low beam bulbs out and checked the continuity on them...
The filaments could break and then make a short term contact causing your right lamp to come back on.
Check the bulbs with an ohms meter first before searching for more difficulties.