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Wich wire is the ground on a sealed beam headlight

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Usually the black wires are ground

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Bad lamps? bad connection to lamp? I know already checked :( right?

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SOURCE: what color is ground wire for high beam headlight

Black

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Try turning the car off then set the brake and turn the car back on. ---------- If this is not helping then try this procedure :--- Take off your driver side headlight, and check the ground wire, that attaches to the chassis.the bolt that attaches the ground wire to the chassis, take that off, sand it and clean it up, also sand the chassis where that connector touches the car, that will make for a better ground. you also may want to follow those wires, to see if there are any other locations where the headlights are grounded. Also as you mentioned that the lighhts use to work when the switch gets pulled and not the lights not turning off.This indicates loose wiring connection for the switch ot the switch itself is malfunctioning.if all other things checked ok then its confirm faulty switch. this switch has to be "clicked" to be in a stable state. Meaning, if you go from dim to bright and don't hear and feel a click, the switch ends up in a "maybe-kinda-sometimes-works" type of state. It's not quite bright and not quite dim. You will hear the click. --------- Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this solution and show your appreciation.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010

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SOURCE: 1998 chevy cavalier

Hello,

First of all i am very impressed on what you have done to this point to solve this problem. That being said, there is not a lot i can suggest here, with out me physically being there to look at things and retry things that you have already done.

However, lets break this down some, with some mechanical mumble jumble, shall we.

As you might know or not, is headlights runs on same circuit, as we know there is not a separate fuse for high beam and low beam, only the switch that controls them.Which you said you replaced, Now that being said, if you have no high beams, low beams, parking lights, then of course easy to know the cause. But, sense your high beams are working, and parking lights are working and no low beams, is kinda simple of where this problem lies to trouble shoot.

Number 1 : What I read you have already replaced the switch, assuming that was done proper, then that is one to check off.....

Number 2: High beams, parking lights work fine, check off that off trouble shooting list......

Number 3: You checked power at low beam, and according to you and your testing, it is getting power, assuming you also checked the bulbs, then that we can eliminate...

So, this is where were at with final trouble shooting and only place it could be assuming all you mentioned above was checked good and nothing was missed or miscalculated.

Only thing left that can cause this lack of low beams are these things listed below.

The bulbs itself: only way or coincidence that both bulbs would be bad is unlikely, unless major short, which is tied into both via switch would cause this. I would for sure ( if you have not done this already) put in a couple new bulbs to make sure there good, or test them with other handy same size bulbs as a temporary test.

The problem i believe is in you ground, there is a short somewhere, at the part where the bulbs goes in, or of course trace the wires back to the switch, there is most likely a short that is causing it to short out. This seems for sure a ground problem, or frayed wire, or maybe even not good contact at connections that go into the harness that operated the low beams.

Let me know, mike

Posted on Aug 11, 2011

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Use on demand 5. If you don't have a password let me know. Or I can email you the diagram. But i think it might be a fuse

Posted on Nov 03, 2011

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