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Old 11-16-2006, 05:49 AM
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Default Both headlight low beams died at the same time. What gives?

Anybody know if a bad relay could prevent the low beams/DRL's from working? It just seems odd that both bulbs would go at exactly the same time.

The bulb fillaments appear intact, but I can' be sure.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:58 AM
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That's just Karma .... for some reason your car didn't want to be on the road that night.

Look for the DRL Disable thread, maybe on old forum. There is a pin you need to bend down in the headlight switch harness or a relay to modify to get the DRL off.

We have determined that SilverStars last about 6 months with DRL and 7-9 months without, the Cheap asian made H1 "Upgrade/Ebay Bulbs" last from 2 weeks to infinite, I use them in the high beam position. The regular Sylvania H1's that cost about $4 seem to last from 2-5 years ... that might be why yours both went out ... old. Mine usually blow out within 2 weeks of one another.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:51 AM
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My lights once did the same exact thing. I had to drive home with the high beams on to see. When I took it in the next day (I thought there was something wrong), my mechanic said it was sheer coincidence that they went out the same night. They've never done it again!
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Old 11-16-2006, 01:05 PM
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Fuse?
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:57 PM
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Since you said the filiment is intact, I will assume you removed the bulbs and replaced them ... the low beam / DRL bilbs are the ones behind the glass lens ... if you are looking into your headlight at those bulbs ... those are the highbeams. So ... there have been problems with wiring harnesses burning up in our cars when a higher wattage bulb has been installed. That could cause them both to go out, but you would notice it when changing bulbs, other than that the switch on the dash is the next likely thing. Someone posted about the switch being a problem in the last two weeks ... first time I had heard it.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:13 PM
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Mine died within one day of each other. Fixed one, and the next day, fixed the other. I think it's just karma, or coincidence.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:25 PM
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Thanks for all the quick responses!

And thanks to SilverSportNOLA for pointing out that I was mistakenly looking at the high beam filaments thinking my bulbs were ok.

I'll grab some new bulbs today and hope it was just a strange coincidence - I won't pay the extra bucks for SilverStars this time. Those bulbs were only 5 months old.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:53 PM
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If your headlights keep going out, check to see if moisture is building up inside the housing. Look at the seals. This will kill bulbs.
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Will do - Thanks
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:07 PM
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If your headlights keep going out, check to see if moisture is building up inside the housing. Look at the seals. This will kill bulbs.
True ... one of the plastic back covers on mine had a hole it it I had to fill ... don't think it got a lot of moisture but did it for PM.
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:55 AM
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Two new bulbs did the trick. Thanks all.

I still can't believe both went out at exactly the same time after only 5 months.
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Old 11-18-2006, 08:15 PM
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One of my stock bulbs went out after 3 years. Replaced it with SilverStar blue colored lights ... went out after a short bit. 5 - 6 months ... wont be buying those again. I now have one headlight with high beams .. and the other headlight is working with NO highbeams. *cry*
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:00 PM
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Both my original low beams went out within a day of each other after 3 years. Just like y2k the filiments looked fine so I thought fuse. Then found that there's a fuse for each side and both were good. Never had a car with so many fuses. Changed bulbs and all was good.
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Old 11-21-2006, 04:09 PM
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When one bulb dies, the other gets a boost in voltage and amps so, It's kind of like old folks where one dies and the other dies of the stress from the loss.

OK.. harsh comparison, but you get the gist.

When one goes out, I alway replace both, keeping the working one as a spare, then when one dies again, its replaced by the used one. This way there is never a new bulb and an old bulb working at the same time.
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