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Headlamps won't turn on

The headlamps on my Oldsmobile Ciera won't turn on everything else works properly and I checked all fuses and they are fine. I think it might be the circuit breaker in the lamp switch. Thank you

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The switch may be worn from use or a loose connection over time. Check the wiring connections from the switch, im not familiar with this car but it sounds like you may have the answer to your own question! Are these headlights automatic on and off? could be a relay of some sort.

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The head light switch has to be changed. The switch controls three criciut and is open on the one for the head lights.
Please check the bulb or replace it before doing the switch

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Action
Value(s)
Yes
No
1
Was the headlight system check performed?
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YES - Go to Step 2
NO - Go to Headlight System Check
2
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