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Electrical difficulties: Headlights


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#1 MaroonDuneDoom

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Posted 07 March 2004 - 04:22 AM

i had the VR go out in my alternator. it made the car run with 18+ volts. The higher voltage messed up my headlights somehow. At first, my driver's side dim went out. So i drove witht the brights. After a day or two, the brights went dead. Fuses check out. Is it possible that the bulb fried? Or is there a fusible link that could have gone. Not sure what the fusible links go to and have not checked them as of yet.
What else should i check out? I have the wiring diagrams fortunately. I hope i don't have to rewire or get up under the dash.

Suggestions?

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Posted 07 March 2004 - 04:35 AM

at 18 volts 9004 bulbs usually blow out instantly...
your bulbs are toast

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Posted 07 March 2004 - 05:14 AM

Not too surprising, but i figured the fuse would go first. sounds like an excuse to get me some silverstars. Kinda sucks for the old pocketbook though. Luckily I've got a spare. For now I'll just replace the double-fillament-fried bulb and just have one bright for awhile.
:banghead: I hate electrical work.

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Posted 07 March 2004 - 02:41 PM

please tell me your not driving around in your car with 18 volts..
that will fry many more things than your headlights

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Posted 15 March 2004 - 12:39 AM

drove it like that for almost a week out of neccessity. no obvious damage incurred. made it guzzle the fuel though.

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Posted 15 March 2004 - 06:38 PM

Check your battery. It may be pretty near boiled dry by now!

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Posted 15 March 2004 - 08:38 PM

i'm almost certain that the battery is fried. i went out to start my car and it was totally dead. i couldn't even get a dome light to come on. wouldn't even shine dimly.

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Posted 15 March 2004 - 08:48 PM

hopefully this dosent surprise you... your lucky you didnt kill a bunch of other stuff... you just shortened their lives a little, there subarus, very tough :D

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Posted 15 March 2004 - 09:10 PM

actually, i am surprised. surprised that i didn't fry a pile of other stuff. 18+volts is no good for 12 volt components. i'm nt stupi, i knew bette than to drive it. i had to though. gotta get to Blockbuster so i can make some cash. gotta see the pee ho.:drunk:

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 08:29 AM

your headlight relay may be toast too. i just killed the one on my son's old toy working on the horn.:slobber:

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 08:46 AM

So have you replaced the alternator yet?

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:47 AM

6 year old thread revival, whoo hoo! :grin:




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