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If I hook up a wire direct to the battery they work, tried replacing the switch and the headlights still won't come on. Please help me get my lights working properly again.

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Most modern cars have a relay in the fuesbox to operate the headlights. Check your owners manual for location of the headlight relay and try listening to it when turning on the lights. It should make a click as you turn on the lights if working properly. if not, replace relay.

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Peter From your comment I take it you have neither high nor low beam in both lights. If this is so check the fuses inside the interior of the car and under the hood. There may also be headlight relays that you can easily check by finding the same part number relay for another system of your car and swapping them if it works the you know you need to replace the relay if it doesn't then you need to do a little more work. Take a headlight out and get two jumper wires and hook the headlight directly to the battery if it works test the other light also. If both lights work then you know you have a wiring problem and the first place I would look is the light switch. If it is easy to get to I would chek it before I pulled the headlights out. A lot les trouble and if it works you know you are headed in the right direction anyway.. If after all the testing you still haven't found an obvious problem then you will have to troubleshoot the wires from the switch relays, etc to the headlight to find out where you are losing power. it could be something as simple as the ground wire for the lights being pulled loose because the battery wasn't bolted down and slid when you hotrodded it around the corrner trying to impress las chicas. Headlights are usually simple setups so if you don't find an easy fix from these tips then down load the manual for free and look at the wiring schematic. people freak out when you mention working with electricity but just thing of it as water flowing in a water hose. If there is a break in the hose because it rubbed against something sharp or hot then you loose the water there(electricity) if you have a kink in the hose the water can't get through. Same thing with electricity if you have a lot of corrosion or a bad connection the electricity can't get through. Try it you can do this keep me posted as to what you try and I will keep checking back to help you along.

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If the engine won't turn over, then it isn't moving, and if it isn't moving then you need to check the following in this order:

1) Does the battery have power i.e. around 12.4 volts or over?No? Charge, test or replace battery.

2) Do the car's head lights dim considerably if turned on when attempting to crank? Yes? Possible lack of battery charge or faulty battery.

3) Assuming the battery is fine, can you turn the dash warning lights on and off with the key? No? Faulty ignition switch.

4) Is there a click sound when you turn the key, but no starter motor spin? Check starter motor connections or replace starter motor.

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