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Old 08-08-2013, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ops!! now driver side high/low beam wont work

so previous owner put halos on, but he rigged the wiring so i took it apart to do it right, i accidentatly touched something and the wire arc'ed. put everything back together not high/low beam wont work. i have turn signal and parking lights as well as halo lights up. i tested the wires and i am getting very low power to both high/low instead of correct amount. checked all fuses they are good. i did however blow the ten amp fush for the headlights when the wire arc'ed. replaced the fuse but now no lights...just driver side. passenger side works great.
also im getting codes saying tailight failure and headlight failure....taillights are on and working fine. just the driver side only high/low beam.

so maybe the LCM? i did blow the ten amp fuse so maybe i did more damage furthur up stream???

and ideas? things i didnt check??

as always thanks in advance for any and all help!!
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ok heres a lil more info...

i can get one of three working, either the halos, and not high/low, low beam and not high or halos etc...

i know its not the bulbs because i can get them to light up, not the fuses because i checked them all, i am getting no juice to the plug on the harness so its upstream somewhere. so im guessing LCM or maybe a relay?
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omg, i didnt know it had eight different fuses for headligh functions...

checked all eight this time, found two blown, that was the problem..weird cars..
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omg, i didnt know it had eight different fuses for headligh functions...

checked all eight this time, found two blown, that was the problem..weird cars..
Lol! Glad you figured out the issue!
I have a headlight issue myself. I bought the car with HID's. One was out so I bought a new kit...now the same headlight is out! I wonder if the light itself is the problem...
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Check one of the 8 fuses...fuse goes to each light high and low beam
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Yeah it always helps to RTFM. "Read the factory manual" or Bentley, whichever is handier.

This rings for me b/c suddenly none of my headlights on the '95 vert will work. They were okay the other day, but I pulled all the fuses for inspection, they were all good, now no headlights. It's dark now, but apparently there is a headlight ground on the front of the left front fender. A fail there would presumably kill the lights, so I know where I'm going first thing tomorrow: under the hood again. Such fun!
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I'm new to these cars so I'm still learning the ins and outs. I'm getting a taillight failure signal from computer when I turn on lights but they are all working fine. so now I'm researching that....
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Do you guys have any issues with after market tail lights? I bought the car with the smoked ones and the right side keeps going out....
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After market tails arent made as well as OEM. The tailight has a metal circuit board behind where the light socket plugs in. Take the light out and inspect it to make sure its still intact. Make sure the bulb sockets are seated properly.

For those with headlight issues: Their is also a relay that controls some headlight functions. Being in Canada I have a DRL module, but US spec cars have a different relay in its place behind the steering column.
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I found there's two fuses for overall headlight and also a separate fuse for each side high beam and each side low beam. Changed fuse and low came on and ditto for high beam. Wish I knew there were eight fuses for the headlights.... Checked downloaded Bentleys and fixed it after checking the other fuses. I'll pull taillights tomorrow. Would third brake light in spoiler cause taillight failure warning?
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