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1997 ford explorer dirver side low beam does not work?

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There are two elements in every modern headlight bulb. Either the filament for the low beam has burned out, or you have an open in the wire leading to it from the headlight relay. With the low beam on, test for voltage at that wire. The other option is to switch the bulb out with the other side and see if it works. If it does, then it's just the bulb. If not, you either lost a ground, or the relay is malfunctioning. Check for loose wires, if none, look at replacing the relay.

Posted on May 30, 2010

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  • irpbello May 31, 2010

    still not working





    Ira

  • irpbello May 31, 2010

    Where is the relay located?







    Ira

  • Dustin May 31, 2010

    relay's located in your underhood fuse box. Read the schematic on the lid to let you know which one it is.

  • irpbello May 31, 2010

    did everything, and still not working can you hot wire from the right side low beam to the left side.

  • Dustin May 31, 2010

    Ok, what we need to do is to figure out where the circuit's broken. You will need a multimeter for this. This is where you test the side that works, and write down what you get for each pin that runs the headlight. When doing this, connect the negative to a ground, as in on the body or frame of the vehicle. Then test to see if you get the same on the other side. This will tell you if you need to troubleshoot for power or ground. Either one will cause your light to fail to work. You can't wire from the other side; it will overload the wire, and potentially start a fire, as headlights draw a lot of current, and the wiring from the one side wouldn't support both sides. Also, look at your connections to make sure that none of your wires are pushed out of the headlight connector. Whichever wire it is that's not working correctly, you need to trace it back to the power source, or ground source, whichever it is that's failing.

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