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Old 12-29-2004, 09:51 AM
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Headlight Bug. What do you think it is?

well. on my camaro I have yet a new problem for the pros haha.(god I suck with electric. I can build computers from the ground up but car electrics and I'm stumped lol) anyways. I have Just replaced my low beam headlights by the way for those of you not familiar with 3rd Gen camaros the headlights are a 4 light system. but when I turn on my lights the low beams are fine. when you turn on high beams all the lights should kick on right? wrong. on the passenger side my low and high pop on. then on the driver side the high pops on and the low goes out. I just replaced the light switch. still haven't fixed the problem with no running lights in the rear and whatnot. but do you think it's just a bad ground? I tried cleaning all the grounds down to bare metal and reattaching them. Any ideas? thanks.

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Old 12-29-2004, 11:54 AM
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I would have said ground problem, but since you checked that. Next I would change the dimmer switch,

You have checked that all the sealed beams are good, right?

Are you saying that you have no running lights either?.........I would chech the fuses for that. The running lights are fused. The headlights have a circuit breaker built into the light switch.
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Old 12-29-2004, 03:23 PM
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nope not the dimmer switch. put a brand new one in there. so i don't think thats it. and all the connections are good to go. I put all brand new fuses in the fuse box because I knew the old ones were in bad shape. I checked the schematics and there are no fusible links between the fuse block and lights. think it could be the high beam switch? or what.
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The high beam is the dimmer switch..at least that's what I call it....................I imagine it's part of the signal switch on an 84.
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Old 12-29-2004, 04:05 PM
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yep. the 84 works with the actual switch to turn on the headlights in the dash and then the signal lever clicks in for high beams..
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If one comes on and one doesn't I would think you might have a wiring problem up front somewhere.
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I do not think all 4 headlights are supposed to kick in.One set is a high beam and one is a low beam.I might be wrong on that,but I do not think so.Anyway,you are having problems with the taillights also,correct?Do you have a good wiring schematic for your car?It sounds like a ground problem.There are multiple grounds on a lighting system.You may also have a bad Headlight switch itself.Are'nt the dash bulbs giving you fits also?
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doesn't you lights circuit include relays?

you cleaned the grounds terminals but did you test the ground wires for resistance,
double up with jumpers on all the grounds, it can only help.

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RCastle...I believe the passenger cars...all 4 light up. On the newer trucks (like my '89) when you hit the brights the outer two are off and the inner two are lit.

my350...for a quick check swap the passenger and driver side low beam (I am assuming the outer lamp is what you are calling low beam) Chances are a filament is burnt and that is what is causing it. If it does the same thing when swapped (lamp out on the same side as before) then check for corrosion in the connector itself. Also make sure the prongs on the back of the lamp are tight. If the connector is corroded you can get a bottle of Kaboom (the bathroom cleaner Billy Mays advertises on TV) and spray into the contacts. It will clean any corrosion off of the brass contact. Good luck and let us know what happens.

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Old 12-31-2004, 09:02 PM
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RCastle...I believe the passenger cars...all 4 light up. On the newer trucks (like my '89) when you hit the brights the outer two are off and the inner two are lit.


Very good possibility that I was getting the two mixed up.I had a 3rd gen Z28back in 89,I remember that if your girlfriend hits a dirt berm and damages the front fascia,put a bra on the car.
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