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Weird problem with headlights. Not the switch.
MikeSak Offline
Junior Member
#1
The low beams are very dim and they keep burning out. The high beams work fine. I checked the grounds on the core support on both sides and they looked fine. Any ideas or trouble shooting ideas would be much appreciated.
-Mike
88 TurboCoupe
86 Mustang and Capri
91,92, & 93 Explorer Sports
91 & 92 Rangers
00 Explorer - The winter beater
Apparently I'm a late 80's-early 90's Ford collector.
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tr_guy79 Offline
Senior Member
#2
Could be the Multifunction switch....
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Jeff K Offline
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#3
Dim bulbs should last longer than bright bulbs, since the dim filament is running at a lower temp. Are you touching the bulbs during the install? Is there any water in the headlight housings? Either of these will kill a Halogen bulb in short order.

A volt drop test will tell you why the lights are dim and where the problem is.
Jeff Korn

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MikeSak Offline
Junior Member
#4
The multifunction switch is new, the bulbs were installed clean, and the housings are moisture free. I guess I'll break out the multimeter and see what I can figure out.
-Mike
88 TurboCoupe
86 Mustang and Capri
91,92, & 93 Explorer Sports
91 & 92 Rangers
00 Explorer - The winter beater
Apparently I'm a late 80's-early 90's Ford collector.
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MikeSak Offline
Junior Member
#5
After replacing the cheap sylvanias with some hella bulbs and a re aim the headlights are good again. That and I think I'm just used to the headlights on my 2010 Ranger.
-Mike
88 TurboCoupe
86 Mustang and Capri
91,92, & 93 Explorer Sports
91 & 92 Rangers
00 Explorer - The winter beater
Apparently I'm a late 80's-early 90's Ford collector.
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tr_guy79 Offline
Senior Member
#6
Our headlights SUCK!!! I actually pulled over and got out of my car to make sure mine were on this weekend driving around at dusk...

-Shane
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'87 - Range Roller 4* adv / 50 trim t04e / Ported E6 / Gutted Knifed intake / Stinger 3->2.5" / Adj. Cam Pulley / Warlboro 255

To Do: PIMP/MS2, FMIC, Bigger Inj
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Redbone Offline
Senior Member
#7
I know what you mean. I constantly think I have a headlight out.
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Ballman Offline
Senior Member
#8
What i did on 2 of my non stock birds , was took out the fog lights and put in the same spot and fit just great ,,, a pair of PIAA driving lights. But also had to run them off their own switch-relay that does come with the lights, just at 200 bucks a pair,, but they light up the road . Try it , you will not be sorry .


or just buy a new set of headlights if you want to keep the stock fog lights, either set will be 200 bucks ..

D.Wilder
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