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Bad ground on a headlight

Where do I find the wire to fix a bad ground in the right headlight

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Follow the balck or green wire coming out of the light plug to it's source and crub with a wire brush and then put liquid sillicone on there you'll be all set.

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1994 Lexus LS 400 One headlight is ineffectual dim with yellowish color, replaced bulb, replaced end plug, no effect, what now, please?

The first thing you need to do is check both fuses for the right headlamp. There will be one for the high beam and the low beam. If the fuses are good than we need to check the ground. The ground wire is the red wire with the white tracer. Whith the headlights on use a jumper wire from that wire to the battery ground. If the headlight is know bright than you will need to start tearing into the harness to find out where the wire is bad and/or corroded. It will be somewhere in between the connector and where the wire splices into the ground for the left headlight. Since the left headlight works fine we know that the wiring from that splice to ground is good. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them. Thank you for using!

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There is a ground wire either broken , disconnected, or rusty where it is grounded to the frame or body. Repair the ground connection and your good.

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Trying to fix the wiring on headlight

try checking the ground wire on the frame next to the head light if you have a volt meter measure voltage on the hot side, if there is 12 volts then measure it on the ground side, is it lower than 12 volts? if it is you have bad ground strap follow the wire it will be near the radiator core support and sand it off if that does not help then it's in the light switch.

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You have a bad ground on the left low beam. Using a test light connected to ground see what wire is positive with low beams on. Using a piece of electrical wire connect one end to ground and with the headlight connector connected to the headlight and headlights on stick the other end into back of the connector at the ground wire. If the light gets brighter, you can cut the original ground wire to the connector ( 2-3 inches from headlight connector) and run a new wire from ground and connect it to the wire at the connector. Hope this is helpful.

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Right headlight is brighter than the left headlight

Probably a bad ground or bad connection on the headlight that's dim. Try wiggling the wires on the bulb connection if that's not the problem/ Try and find where that headlight gets it's ground.

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Ford Ranger 2002, electrical problem

You have a bad ground, look out by the battery for a bunch of black wires screwed to the body of the car, check that they have a clean and tight connection, scrap off any paint under the wires.

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Headlights cut off while driving

If it is truly a ground problem you should be able to do the following.

NOTE* Sometimes finding the root of a ground problem in a wiring harness can be very time consuming and also drive you nuts.

First you need to establish if it is indeed a ground problem.
Check your fuses and make sure that none of them are bad or loose.
Look at the back of the headlight switch and determine if the connection is solid.
Do the same with each headlight. If you find a dirty connector then clean it gently and re-connect it.
Try the headlights again... If the same thing happens continue.


On the headlight connector there are usually 3 wires. 1 low beam, 1 high beam, and 1 ground,
Find the ground wire from the headlights and provide a solid temporary ground by adding an additional
wire into the ground socket. DO NOT CUT EXISTING ELECTRICAL WIRES ON YOUR CAR!!! Get a length of Electrical wire and strip off about 1 inch of the coating from each end. Find which socket is the ground, and slip the new wire into the socket with the bulb.
Take the other end of the wire and fasten it to a grounded area, "something made of steel, like the frame or part of the engine. NOT ALUMINUM...

Try the headlights again... If it works ok then you do have a ground problem.
The options now are to either secure everything down "as is" and consider it fixed, or, take it to a shop and have them fix the ground the way it should be fixed.

This is only ONE way to diagnose a ground problem but NOT the only one.

If it does not work then it is something else other than a ground, like a switch.

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