No high beams when high beam switch is pulled

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mountaindude
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No high beams when high beam switch is pulled

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Now my car is all ready for Winter snow driving, I forgot about a previous issue. I pull the signal lever and I have no high beams, just darkness. The low beams work great and you don't want to use high beams in snow, but I would like high beams as we have deer here.

I have had the car since 2009. I have never replaced the headlamps. Do you think it's the headlamps, maybe the high beams are burnt out? Or something else?
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Re: No high beams when high beam switch is pulled

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First check the high beam fuses. I think they're in the fuse box in the engine bay. If they're fine, my money is the bulbs. And if they're not the problem, it could be the switch itself. If you have a spare switch you can just remove the plastic trim below the steering wheel, unplug the controls, plug in your spare controls, and test them out. No need to remove the steering wheel and swap everything over if that's not the problem.
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Re: No high beams when high beam switch is pulled

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I bought new bulbs. I figured it was time and I will work my way backward if that isn't the issue. Thanks
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Re: No high beams when high beam switch is pulled

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Resolved! The new headlights fixed the issue. I have both high and low beams.
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Re: No high beams when high beam switch is pulled

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Nice. Gotta love the cheap and easy fix.
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Re: No high beams when high beam switch is pulled

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we once were on a cross country trip in our Mazda minivan and I noticed that both low beams were out at the same time. I quickly just adjusted down the headlights at a rest stop so I do not blind anyone when driving on high, and would take a look at it later. figured it was something wrong in fuse or switch to have both out at the same time. turns out both the low beam bulb elements were burnt out in the bulb, a stop at a parts store in Wyoming took care of it. seemed strange to me that both would go out, but I suspect the high energy bulbs were so good it was hard to notice when one was out while driving. than eventually the other went out too: hence, no low beams at all.
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Re: No high beams when high beam switch is pulled

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This specific '84 Tercel played second fiddle to my more powerful '85 and little attention was paid to her. When my 85 rusted out, I sold it.
The 84 is a manual transmission and is actually better suited to the dangerous icy mountain roads. I don't think I ever had high beams before since I owned her. I paid $400 for her and she was used only for snow driving. You don't use high beams in a blizzard anyway.

While I overlooked her, she turned out to be a solid and reliable car. I have done a fair amount of work to keep her going. They are actually fun cars to work on.
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