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Old 02-09-2004, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default Headlight problem

I searched around a bit and got some ideas to check out, but I had a little different situation that others I have seen.

My fog lights didnt work (100w cribie hooked up to high beams) Worked fine for over a year.

checked the fuse and its blown, replaced it and I get power to the relay, it clicks, but still no lights.


and while I was digging around w/ the fog light wiring I noticed that there was a burning rubber smell, I looked around and found that the rubber boot on the back of the drivers headlight was smoking, the light is dim, and when you switch from high to lows with the fog lights on the light goes out and takes a second to turn back on.

Whats the connection between the 2 lights (fog and reg) whats the situation with the hot light harness.

Any help ya guys can give me will help, I tend to stay away from wiring on cars so I know nothing about any of this. thanks
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Old 02-09-2004, 09:25 PM   #2
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Hey, I was thinking about this all afternoon after I talked to you. It might be as simple as a bad relay or a dirty ground.

You have a multimeter? You could always start by checking the voltage and such. I pulled this from another subaru board, but it might be a good starting point to start to pinpoint the problem:

The voltage across the bulb with the lamp on. if you just probe the connector (not connected to the bulb), you will get 12V. you can try measuring the resistance between the 12V supply to the bulb and the battery positive terminal (should be very low - less than 1 ohm). be sure that the ignition is on and the headlights are on so the relay will be closed. then check the resistance between the negative connection to the bulb and the battery negative terminal (should also be very low)

I'll keep on thinking, and if you need help or just an extra pair of eyes let me know.
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Old 02-10-2004, 01:44 AM   #3
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thanks buddy,

I'll check my garage, and give ya a call cause I have a feeling I'll need a hand. maybe next weekend.
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