I have a '93 Cavalier. Both headlights use to work just fine untill
last night. Now when I turn the switch to power the headlights only
the running lights turn on. When I hit the high beams they will turn
on as I am putting tension on the stick but once it engages on they
don't work either.
Both turn signals work fine. Anyone ran into this problem before?
Also, my parking brake light flashes on and off randomly. I checked
fluid in the master cylinder, but it is at the correct level. I'll
take a look for the switch and see if that is the problem.
Check for power TO the bulbs at the low beam connectors with a meter or
even a test light, headlight switch on. If there's power, it's the
bulbs. If no power, it's likely to be the multifunction switch.
The brake light could be several things. Better take that part to a
burned out. The situation seems to happen exclusively with cars that
have headlamp-based daytime running lamps (DRLs). They each burn out
one-at-a-time over the summer when lit during the day and when one may
not drive for months at night (when one would be more likely to notice
one being out). Unless a cop happens to notice one is out and writes a
ticket (I've known several people that has happened to as well), the
driver may never notice. Once both go out, a cop won't know they're not
functioning. The driver may not notice both have burned out either
until the fall of the year comes along and the days get shorter and one
actually *needs* the headlamps for something useful...like lighting the
road at night.
I'll wager they're both burned out. Post back to the NG when you
determine what the problem is...curious.
I took a better look into it and it was the switch. Really is an
expensive and tough repair for how old the car is. It has pretty high
mileage. I bypassed it and just put in a toggle switch. Good enough
to get me around. Thanks for your post though.
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