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Old 07-31-2003, 11:18 PM
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83 olds Cutlass No Headlights

I have an 83 olds cutlass 4-door. My headlights and tail lights stopped working the other night. The brake lights still work, and the rest of the electrical system. We have checked all of the fuses and they are good. The grounds for the headlights are clean and tight. We cant figure out why they will not work.

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Old 08-01-2003, 05:50 AM
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Sounds like your headlight switch died.
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I'm with rnpit ... did you check the headlight switch itself?

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I got an 82 cutlass ciera, similar prob. instead of dying, they just cut out on high beams after a few seconds, replaced the switch, worked ok for a while, gonna look at the headlight relay, as the relay heats up it cuts out, at least that's the theory anyway.
I say look at the relay

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Old 08-12-2003, 12:09 AM
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replaced the headlight switch. Still no headlights or taillights. Where is the headlight relay you were talking about?
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Old 08-12-2003, 09:58 AM
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My headlight FUSE acts that way - that is, it cuts out temporarily and then comes back on - did you check the fuse?

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Old 08-15-2003, 01:06 AM
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yes, checked the fuse. Fuse looked good, but replaced it anyway. still no headlights or taillights. I pulled the wirelums off from the lights back to the firewall. All wiring looks good. The headlight switch has 4 prongs on it. Souldn't one of them be a constant hot? What do the other three do? I have a volt meter, but dont know where to start checking inside the car. Thanks
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Old 08-15-2003, 01:34 AM
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Headlight switches vary quite a bit ... I wound up buying a 1955 Chevy headlight switch (just to be able to match ALL the knobs on my dash nicely) and when I got it, it was a horse of another color when it came to wiring! I finally figured it out though and learned a bunch in the process.

You're right -- there should be a constant hot on the headlight switch ... mine's labeled BAT and is furthest to the back of the switch.

The other 3 should involve :
1 - parking lights (PK) - often positioned relative to the switch when pulled out to the first position, turning on the parking lights.

2 - headlights (H) - often positioned relative to the switch when pulled all the way out, turning on the headlights.

3 - Dash or Panel lights (PNL) - usually to one side of the switch and may be seen to tie in with the turning part of the knob, that dims the dash gauges.

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Old 08-16-2003, 03:33 PM
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YES! that helped me out a lot actually. We took a volt meter and tested the pins that the switch connects to. There is no constant power to the switch. We are now in the process of tearing the dash apart to trace the wires from the switch plugin back.
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Old 08-16-2003, 05:49 PM
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Cool! Next thing we know, you'll be telling us you nailed it!


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