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Headlight on 2003 Honda CR-V

I have no low beam, I have replace the bulds and the fuses, when I check with a muliti-meter I have power on low beam (at the conector) but the light will not come on.

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  • Anonymous Aug 02, 2008

    Have same problem Honda charged me $80 to run diagnostics, and they said all was ok. I skipped the $40 fee they wanted to changed the bulbs, changed them myself and they still don't work. Waiting for an answer.

  • Anonymous Oct 02, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 2002 CRV. I've checked the fuse, switch and ground wire everything is okay.

  • Anonymous Oct 19, 2008

    I am having the same problem with my CRV 2004. Anyone have a solution/answer to what fixed theirs?

  • malamart Nov 09, 2008

    Both low headlights went out last night also on my 2002 Honda CRV when I was driving home last night - they both flickered a few times, and then went out completely. I had to drive using the high beams for a short distance til I got to a safe place I could stop. I'm wondering if this could have anything to do with a burning plastic smell I noticed a few days ago when I had my a/c heater on (I turned the heat off when I noticed the smell, and haven't used the heater since then).... could the heater have affected some wiring for the headlights?

  • joanna0378 Dec 27, 2008

    I am having the same problem with my 2006 CRV. the low beam headlights will not turn on. any solutions?

  • halejj Jan 16, 2009

    I am having the same problem with my 2006 CRV, except at first just one light went out, and if I hit it on the side it would come on. But tonight they both went out, and I had to drive with my high beams on also. Eight degress outside so I am not going to mess with it.

  • anotherME Jan 16, 2009

    Same problem with my 2005 CR-V. Did anyone figure this out?

  • Fletch778 Jan 26, 2009


  • rmes Feb 05, 2009

    I have the same problem on Honda CRV 2006. Low beams suddenly stopped working - simultaneously. All other lights work, including high beams.

  • sam2000pres Apr 21, 2009

    2002 Honda CR-V

    Both low beams went out at the same time. 4 bulbs so far in 1 year. Wife was driving, heard a small pop, when both low beam lights went out.

    New bulbs no help. All other lights work fine, fuses okay.

    This seems to be a consistant problem for many Gen 2 CR-V owners.

    What has been your solution? New headlight switch, hidden relay replacement or ??




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From another forum I found the following:

"If you have an '02 CR-V and your low beams aren't working, pull the covers off of the steering column and check the headlamp switch connector and its wiring harness. The CR-V of that model year used the same headlamp switch as '01-02 Civics, which was recalled by Honda in the Civic models but not in CR-Vs. A problem with the switch causes the red/white wire and its terminal to overheat and burn or melt the harness connector and the socket/pins on the switch. This causes the low beams to stop working, while the high beams continue to function.

If you find that this is your problem, Honda's service bulletin (#04-015) advises to replace the headlamp switch and the connector and to splice a new terminal onto the red/white wire. They have a parts kit (part no. 35012-S5A-307) that includes the switch, connector, and wire. This kit is actually cheaper than buying the headlamp switch alone.

While the CR-V wasn't part of the recall, I've found the problem is exactly the same as with the Civic model and the parts kit works just the same. The only difference is that you have to pay for it, instead of having it repaired for free... "

I phoned our local dealership and the kit they keep in stock for $40. Not sure if it will fit the '03 or not, but going to give it a try.

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  • nico gutierrez Nov 26, 2010

    I looked around, and tha was the pblem, thanks for your help,everything now is perfect....

  • chemcat9 Nov 26, 2010

    I replaced our switch in the '03 CRV ... everything appears to be working again. I don't think we will keep the car for much longetregardless how much we REALLY like its usefulness.


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Clean connector

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Sam2000pres absolutely right! I just did the same way, and results are positive. The only thing that instead of cleaning the female part I slightly changed its shape and made it a bit tighter.
Still, the causing factor is not eliminated, so it needs to be filed with

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The problem is in the dimmer switch & connector. When you lose your low beams you need to have the dimmer switch replaced & have the wiring assembly replaced.
I have had the same problem with my 02 CR-V & this is the 3rd time it has happened due to negligence on my part for not replacing the wiring as well as the dimmer switch & light bulbs. Although I am not sure where you can get the wiring assembly, Honda has to make one for this vehicle.

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Our 2002 Honda CR-V had same low beam headlight issues…

Wife was driving, heard a small pop, and both low beam lights went out this time.
New bulbs were no help. All other lights work fine, fuses and relays okay.

Check the dimmer switch block connector. Found corrosion in mine that had shorted out the connector. Cleaning connections solved problem.

This also may be the root cause of excessive bulb failures. Our CR-V did not start blowing bulbs till this year, after 4 years of ownership. The dimmer switch is a low current switch that really just turns on the relays for the headlights. Increased resistance in the block connector and pins may have been the root cause all along.


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  • sam2000pres Mar 16, 2010

    My Solution!!

    Tested relays by swapping out the headlight relays with a couple others that are in the fuse/relay box under the hood. Five relays inside are the same type, so easy to do. Still No low beams…

    Took the dimmer switch out to check for problems. Quite easy to do, but as soon as I pulled the block connector out of the dimmer switch, I could see a small burn mark on the block connector!!

    Took the dimmer switch apart, looking for a short or issue. None found. Dimmer switch is a simple unit, nothing inside was damaged.

    And…the male pins that connect into the block connector were slightly corroded and had some burnt plastic between the pins. Could have been a slight short between the pins that caused the block connector to burn, along with the corrosion. Pins are copper; block connector female connectors are aluminum.

    Decided to clean the pins and housing and also the block connector female connector. Scraped off most of the corrosion with a very small flat screwdriver, used acetone to cleaned out the plastic debris.

    Re-assembled dimmer switch, plugged in block connector, tried lights and everything working normally!

    If you are having some low beam light issues, and are uncomfortable with these repairs, let your mechanic know to examine the block connector-to-dimmer switch connections for corrosion if all fuses and relays check out.

    Unfortunately, the switch may not be the problem but the connection sure was! It pays to noodle around sometimes.

    This also may be the root cause of excessive bulb failures. Our CR-V did not start blowing bulbs till this year, after 4 years of ownership. The dimmer switch is a low current switch that really just turns on the relays for the headlights. Increased resistance in the block connector and pins may have been the root cause all along.



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