My front low headlight doesn't work. I've changed over globes and placed it back together. (took me a while to figure it all out). but nothing. my pass light works fine and all electrics and other lights are good. only had bike for three months 08 650r. any ideas?
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The headlight globe usually just twists out of the back of the headlight assembly. When fitting the new globe,use a cloth or glove. Don't touch any part of the globe with bare hands as the oily film will cause the new globe to fail very quickly.
Most OE factory wiring is marginal as far as amperage carrying capability goes. They installed wiring fine for the stock bulbs and switch. A lot of vehicles send power to the lights..head and running...through the light switch on the dash. This causes it's own problems as switches are the weak link in the lighting system.
If you run 100watt bulbs you will need to power the bulbs via a 40 amp relay switched by the light switch so the switch does not carry the amperage load through it's contacts.
Doing so will reduce the voltage drop to the bulbs as a 2 volt drop will cause the bulbs to be only 75% as bright as they would be with the full 13.5 volt running voltage..
You run a fused wire from the battery or power distribution block to the relay that should be mounted within 6 inches of the closest h/l bulb. Then from the relay to the head light bulb/s. The front and rear running lamps can remain as factory as they are low amperage draw and original light switch will work because you now no longer run power to the h/lamps through the switch.
Search the www for schematics for relay switched lamps.
this is regarding low beam head lamps. i have a 2006 kia optima and to change the head lamp, there is a cap right behind the head lamp area that screws off. remove the connection to the head lamp. oncece the cap is unscrewed and the connection is removed, you will see a clamp that keeps the lamp bulb in place. save yourself the headache and do not unscrew this clamp as it is aggrivating to screw back into place....on the opposite side of the screw u can push on the clamp ( i think it is downward) and it will swivel one side away from the lamp bulb, just that side, while the screw side keeps the clamp in place. remove the bulb, place your new on into place (there are 3 notches on the metal part of the lamp bulb that sit into place. take a look and u will see how they need to sit.) replace the clamp, replace the connection and screw cap back on and you are finished. the first time took a minute to figure out, but once u do it, it only takes about 5 minutes to do after that first initial time.
Have you tried replacing the relay as the internal contacts do eventually get to a point, because they switch latge currents, where they do not make a proper contact ? From memory,Toyata vehicles of that decade , the headlight relay was used to switch the earth side of the headlight circuit and operated by toggling between the high and low beam circuits. They also had a separate fuse for each of the the high and low circuits rated around 15 - 20 Amps. You could use a test lamp or multi meter on the contact pins on the rear of the globe socket to check if power is getting the globes. Also check any points where earth leads are attached to body near the relay box as a bad earth could also attribute to the problem. If necessary disconnect, clean thoroughly by removing any paint or corrosion an reconnect securely.
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Your problem sounds like either the globe (did you touch the glass on the globe if so that could be your problem as you musent touch the top part or glass with your hand (use a clean piece of cloth) and also change it with the other side light and if it works then its the head light plug or the wiring .
If you carnt find the problem with the wiring then take the colour from the light on the wire (main beam should be BLUE with White trace) so find the wire and run a new wire from the other side head light and it should work ..But make sure its not the globe first.
If the main beam light works on the left hand side then it carnt be the earth wire on the back of the light plug
1MAIN BEAM 2 DIP BEAM WIRE.3 EARTH WIRE so check the earth wire as well (let me know how you go) are you on Skype Ron
There is one screw on top of headlight assembly that holds turn signal lens in place you have to remove that screw and pull lens straight out. As far as head lamps go its just a matter of getting your hand behind headlight assembly to remove the collar that holds the bulbs in place.
okay it is actually really easy althought they wouldn't want you to think so. It took me and my husband like 3hours to figure it out. But we did and now were like duh. If you open your hood and stick you hand down the front to where you are right behind the headlight if you feel around you will find that there are like caps over the place where you should be able to get your bulbs out. what you have to do is get a small flat head screw driver and pri the cap off and take out your bulb. It sounds worse than it is i promise and the only hard part is getting your hands on the caps