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rjathon

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PostSubject: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeTue Oct 27, 2020 9:11 pm

My wife’s RMS headlights are terribly dim. Horrible. Would LED bulbs help? If so what ones?

Thanks
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Fix Until Broke



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PostSubject: Re: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeTue Oct 27, 2020 10:26 pm

No - you'll see less and everyone else on the other end of them will hate you and see less too.

Find/fix the source of your dim headlights.

While the bulb is plugged in and on, measure the voltage drop between the battery + and the powered wire in the socket (Tan for low beam, LTGrn for high beam). Do the same between the battery - and the black wire in the socket.

I'm guessing you have a "bad" ground and will see a few volts on the black wire (should be <0.5v on high beams). Trace this back to the radiator support and figure out where the resistance (voltage drop) is.

If you only have 9v (example) on the tan or green wire, work your way back through the dimmer switch on the column and headlight switch on the dash to find the voltage drop
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rjathon

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PostSubject: Thank you for the help   Headlights Icon_minitimeTue Oct 27, 2020 10:49 pm

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Neither light is good but the passenger side doesn’t illuminate the road at all. I will get to checking. She is having turn signal problems also. Could it all relate to a ground problem?

Thanks again.
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Rev Bob



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PostSubject: Re: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeWed Oct 28, 2020 6:26 am

""Could it all relate to a ground problem?""

Very likely.
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeWed Oct 28, 2020 1:58 pm

I would agree, bad ground for the passenger headlamp area. The drivers side looks proper brightness.

Also are the lenses yellowed or foggy? Might be time to replace them...

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=12197925&cc=1022184&jsn=433
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeWed Oct 28, 2020 7:20 pm

Definitely a ground issue. Even the marker light is dim.

Actually, the more I look at it, the driver side seems EXTRA bright altogether.
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rjathon

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PostSubject: Re: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeSun Nov 01, 2020 11:02 am

Thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeMon Nov 02, 2020 7:01 am

This harness is well worth the money:
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeWed Nov 04, 2020 1:35 am

Have you managed to fix this problem?
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rjathon

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PostSubject: Re: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeThu Nov 05, 2020 7:50 am

It has several issues so I took it to my mechanic.
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Isurf

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PostSubject: Re: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeFri Nov 20, 2020 7:57 am

I had the typical less than powerfull headlights. I switched to LED's. LED's were half the price of the less powerfull factory style bulbs that don't last as long. Nobody high beams me, they are adjusted for proper aim. I love them so far. I don't even bother with high beams anymore. I don't know if they are still available, but here is the link I used then:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/CREE-9004-HB1-4-Sided-LED-Headlight-Kit-1500W-225000LM-Hi-Lo-Beam-Bulbs-6000K-2X/446452639
They were not difficult to install, use less power, put out enough light that I don't bother using the high beams. I have since with a little difficulty replaced the side lights that come on with the turns, and the back up light bulbs with LED's. I had to tweak the sockets a little to accept them (bent the contacts back to clear the bulb base).
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PostSubject: Re: Headlights   Headlights Icon_minitimeFri Nov 20, 2020 9:23 am

Super!

Thank you
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