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What could be the problem if the low beams on a 97 Pontiac Sunfire will not work unless the car is warm?

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2014-10-07 02:15:41
2014-10-07 02:15:41

It sounds like a bad headlight relay switch. It is located under the dash near the brace that holds the brake pedal.

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It might be the high/low beam switch. Had to replace one on my '96 when I had only low beams.

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Does the car have fog lights? I have a 2003 Sunfire that the high beams would not work on. This was caused by a short in the fog light wiring. I had the fog lights rewired separate from the harness (about $100) and the problem was fixed.

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The problem is probably in the dimmer switch but it needs to be checked out.

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the problem is the switches themselves, just poorly designed.

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Not uncommon in that model; apparently the wiring harness is weak at the low-beam wire; read more in the forum below. gminsidenews.com/forums/f53/1997-pontiac-sunfire-headlights-40665/

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Hmmm.... it seems unlikely that both low beam elements would fail at the same time, but it's possible. Replacing the headlight lamps is cheap and easy and would be my first attempt at fixing the problem. Is your DRL indicator on the dash flashing? They'll do that when the lamp(s) burn out. Since the DRL's AND the low beams don't work, I wouldn't suspect the headlight switch, however this is not beyond the realm of reason.

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Pulling the turn signal switch toward you should switch the lights to the low beams. If that doesn't work, you may have to replace the switch, which means replacing the entire turn signal stalk.

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First check the fuses then change the bulbs it is posable for both to go out

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Low beam bulb burnt out? Replace bulb. Bulbs OK? If the dimmer switch is also the turn signal/cruise/headlight on and off switch, you probably have to replace the entire switch.

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Your low beams may have a short in the wiring system. It is also possible that the bulbs have burned out in both of them.Ê

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your problem is in the multi- function switch in the steering collum., unless both your head light bulbs are blown?

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you may have a bad relay. If both of them are out, that is probably the relay for the high beams or it could also be a fuse.

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Replace the bulb. The low beams and high beams use separate parts inside the bulb. If replacing the bulb does not fix the problem, check the fuses.

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Your headlights are burnt out. Ever see a car coming at you with their high beams on and when they turn them off they only have one or none. Check with the parts store but that would be the easiest problem

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hi the dip headlight means that you have a problem with the headlights it is a common problem recognized by the factory.

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It should either be on the dash board where you can turn your interior lights on or you should pull back on the directional to switch. Cars run with the low beams on and the high beams are switched to in the dark when you feel you need extra light. I feel bad for the people that have been coming in the other direction from this car if its high beams have been on constantly.

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Do your headlights work? High beams more specifically? If that answer is yes, then the bulbs are fine. DRLs are nothing more than a lower voltage being sent to the high beams in the Sunfires. (They use 9007 HB5 bulbs, which is a dual filament. highs and lows in one bulb). IF the LOW beams work, but not the high, try new bulb. Otherwise its off to try and find that relay... which is a pain in the ass. Personally, I pulled my relay out and never put it back in (I have HIDs in the car now).

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I have a 98 sunfire gt and i have only high beams which only switch on sometimes and no low beams just day lights my shop told me it could be wiring or turn signal switch they looked and determined it was the switch so i just ordered it. They can be found on carpartwholesale.com or autopartwarehouse.com for only 30 or 70 with cruise control. only need a torx wrench and small screwdriver to replace it just snaps into the wiring harness.

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My head lights both went out at separate times, so i changed each bulb, now the high beams won't go off. Also the drivers side light is very dull.


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