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The socket that plugs into the lifgt was burned up so i replaced it and now the light is not as bright as the right side i checked the grounds and even ran a ground off the battery to the light

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  • michael_m1 Sep 30, 2010

    i have already did that but did not help did that about 3 mo. ago

  • michael_m1 Sep 30, 2010

    i have all ready added an ground to the light and it did not help ty

  • michael_m1 Oct 01, 2010

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Recheck the pigtail wiring connections making sure the crimps are good. Would also put that particular bulb in the right side just to see if the bulb may slowly be burning out. Check the pigtail with headlights on for battery voltage or not less then .5v on the power side. You adding the ground eliminates it being a groundside problem. What is the year make and model so i can acquire a wiring diagram if needed

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Hi! You may need to put an additional ground to it. Sometimes lack of ground can cause the lights to be blurry. HOpe this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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    dj_relly999 Sep 30, 2010

    HOw bout the bulbs? If it has a wrong voltage this may cause it to be low too. If you have 12volts the bulb inserted may be for 24volts.


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