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Driver's headlight is dim; wipers only work if headlight is off


2003 Focus Wagon ZTW

I have checked the fuses and replaced the headlamp. Here is what happened to begin with...

I was driving at night on the freeway and realized I had missed my exit. There was no traffic and I cut over to take my exit late.

I wasn't able to see a raised island type barrier perhaps 6" maybe 8" tall, which I therefore drove over (slammed over) at probably 50 MPH.

At that time the left headlight went very dim, the left turn indicator on the dash remains on and the left turn signal stopped working unless the headlights are switched off. Turn on the left turn signal and it clicks 3 times as normal, then goes into the fast click mode indicating problems with the light.

Also, if the headlights are on, the windshield wiper will only slowly creep up the window, but not actually work.

Turn off the headlights and both the turn indicator and wipers work as normal.

After replacing the headlamp, the left turn problem indicator is no longer lit, and the left turn signal seems to work with or without the headlights on, but the wiper still does not work, and the headlight remains extremely dimly lit.

Any thoughts?

I was wondering if this would indicate a wiper relay?



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  • kenjepson Mar 04, 2009

    Thanks for the tip! I don't know exactly what I'm looking for, but I'll peak around and see what I can find.

    Sadly, a lightening storm just broke out, so I'll have to try again tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.



  • lindachell1 Apr 30, 2009

    when the headlights are on the wipers will not work and the left signal lights blinks rapidly. However, when the headlights are off everything works normally.... Dont have a clue what to do



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Sounds like the jolt from the barrier has caused a bad ground to occur. Look for a bad ground wire around the left headlamp in or around the headlight bucket.
Tighten or replace the bad ground wire. A poor contact will cause the headlight to light dimly.

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

  • BILL RICHARDSON Mar 04, 2009

    The ground wire you will be looking for will be black and a large gage wire. Usually has an aluminum terminal end and attaches to the radiator cowl somewhere nearby the headlight about a foot or so close.



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