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Headlights overheating and melting plugs

My headlights have burnt the plastic on the plugs and now the do not work, is there any reason this should happen?

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What type of bulbs are you using? If you are using quartz halogen bulbs and the housing was made for conventional lights, the housing and connections cannot take the extra heat that the bulbs make.

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Yeah,..thats most likely the reason. Id be replacing that relay.

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