Question about Cars & Trucks
When i activate my headlights they do not come on, but when i activate my high beams they do.
Unless both low beam filaments of bulbs have blown at same time I would say you've got a bad switch or a wiring issue. Anything is possible I would check the bulbs first, Look for gray tint in the bulb or broken wire in the bulb. You can always put a new bulb in one side and see if it starts working, if not I would move to the switch.
Posted on Nov 19, 2013
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
To my knowledge a 2003 Toyota Camry uses a dual filament halogen bulb, either by Osram, Philips or Sylavania. If on the dashboard, the blue indicator lits when the switch is moved to bright or the passlight is engaged but no headlight, then it could jut be busted bulb (or part of it since you still have driving/low beam). In some cases, it could be the relay that supplies power direct to the bulb. At other times, it could be fuse(s) assigned to high beam. At certain instances, it could be also a loose, corroded or burned connector.
Corrective measure for your concern would be to check the 2 bulbs. This is performed by removing the rear covering (rubber or plastic cap) of the headlight assembly from the rear. The bulbs are held in place by a spring clip that needs to be unlatched from the base/holder. Carefully remove the bulb taking care not to touch the glass envelope. The filaments would be readily visible and cut/breaks would be apparent. If determined that one of the filaments (high beam) is open, replace the bulb(s).
If the bulbs prove to be OK, you need to work yourself backwards tracing the wiring harness. After the bulb, check the 3 prong connector for any corrosion or scorching/burnt marks; clean as maybe required. Next to check would be the relay that provides the +12VDC and then the fuse.
I doubt if the dashboard or steering wheel components involve with headlights may be at fault.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
Good luck and kind regards.
Thank you for using FixYa.
Posted on Jun 02, 2008
I've been troubleshooting this same problem on a different vehicle this week, and I can give you the steps I'd take.
1. If both sides went out at the same time, the problem is *NOT* likely to be the bulbs.
2. Check the fuses to see if both low beam lights are on the same fuse. Many cars have one fuse for low beam and another for high beam, so both lights out at the same time typically means fuse blown.
3. If the headlights are OK and the fuses are OK, then the problem is *LIKELY* the headlight switch. In my case, AutoZone has one and it can be installed easily; but in your case, that may not be as simple.
Please post your findings or comments.
Posted on Jul 16, 2008
on these cars if 1 of the bulbs blow out then you will have to replace them both because they wont work. replace both headlight bulbs and they will be just fine
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
SOURCE: Headlights not working
If all fuses and bulbs are fine, it's probably a problem with the wiring harness. Take it to the dealer. Wiring harnesses are not something to do by yourself unless you're experienced with wiring on the specific car.
Posted on Feb 05, 2009
had the same problem on my 92....check under the hood on the drivers side,towards the front,there is a "junction box" with all of the lighting wires connecting from the switches to the lights.My wires were all corroded inside,so I cleaned the ends and bought a new box from the local electronic supply store.The problem has not come back.
Posted on Jul 15, 2009
Tips for a great answer:
Jan 03, 2016 | 1998 Ford Explorer
Jan 23, 2015 | 2005 GMC Savana
Oct 28, 2013 | Cars & Trucks
Feb 06, 2013 | 1999 Lexus RX 300
Aug 16, 2011 | 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Mar 28, 2011 | 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Dec 07, 2008 | 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier
Jun 15, 2008 | 1992 Plymouth Voyager
Aug 22, 2017 | Cars & Trucks
44 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!