The car is a 2002 impala. All other lights work. Went to the fuse panel to check the headlight fuse. The fuse is behind a plastic box with a bolt in the middle of it. Due to its location can't really see size, almost looks like a nipple so I am unable to get into it.
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Re: Headlights don't work
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do the dash lights still work though? if so, i have seen a lot of these types of issues and have changed both headlamp bulbs and the problem goes away. try this first and let me know your outcome.
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On your truck, the headlight switch sends a ground signal to the central timer module. The module powers the headlights and other circuits. The module should be behind the driver side kick panel under the dash.
The same thing happens on my 2003 Impala. I found that my dimmer switch has an intermittent failure where sometimes the dash lights go out even with the headlights on. If I wiggle the dimmer just right, the dash, radio, steering wheel, door locks, and every other light comes on (when the headlights are on). My fix was to mount my Garmin on the steering column in front of the speedometer so when the lights go out I know how fast I'm going. A replacement dimmer (or bypassing the current one and adding a resistor) should take care of it.
Your Sebring has daytime running lights (DRLs). A failure in the DRL circuits can disable the headlights. Check 40A fuse 4 in the power distribution center and 15A fuse 4, 20A fuse 10, 10A fuses 3 and 12, 20A fuse 13, and 10A fuse 2 in the junction block. If the fuses are OK, the fault may be in the DRL module or the body control module
Ok, locate the relay panel (probably inder the hood) and find the relay that controls the headlamps. With your headlight switch "on", pull the relay and see if your getting a hot current to the connectors in the relay panel. If it's hot, replace the relay. If no current, it's probably your headlight switch.
This may be the start of a worse problem that the Impala eventually developes. The Body Control Module has a design flaw along with the Passlock anti-theft system. You may get away with just replacing the BCM for now. It needs to be reprogrammed at the dealer and the car will not start if you replace the BCM without reprogramming it. I would also recommend against replacing it with a remanufactured one. Repair cost is going to be around $500 at the dealer.
If the Passlock system is also at fault, add another $500 for a new ignition switch and cylinder. If you haven't experienced random starting problems yet, they are coming soon. When you turn the key, nothing happens. I thought my 2002 Impala may have been immune to these problems that I've heard about constantly, however, at 90,000 miles, it became "possessed". The symptoms started slowly and got worse. Beside the interior lights flashing like strobs in the middle of the night (while the car was not running), the headlights would occasionally click off and on a few times while I was driving at night.
The relay switch you hear clicking is the Battery Rundown Protection relay. I'm suprised your battery hasn't drained to the point where the car will not start in the morning.
Check headlight and high beam switch for power in, power out. If power there, change whichever switch isn't working (remember dimmer switch gets power from headlamp switch) If no power going to headlamp switch check main fuses and fusable links for problems.