Most likely cause of this malfunction is a non-functioning headlight switch assembly. As the switch wears the springs that force the contacts from the dimmer switch to the electrical contacts that ground the signals for the lights wear as well and thus stop functioning correctly. Holding the switch back allows the contact to be "forced" so the lights will work. The headlight part of the switch has a similar problem there are springs controlling the three separate functions; "Off" (Daytime running lights) "Parking lights on" (Everything but headlights) and "Headlights on" (All lights on). You may be able to open up the switch and clean the contacts and get away with that for a while but your best bet is to find a car at the wreckers with low mileage and take it's switch, or pay the high price for a brand new one off GM.
I also own a 97 Ram 1500. Recently my headlights would go out when I tilted the steering wheel into the down position. I replaced the multi-switch (wipers, brights, turn signal) and the problem was solved.
could be headlight fuse or headlight switch.
Yes you will need a headlight replacement even if it is only the brights that aren't working. There are times when you need your bright lights so don't delay in getting a replacement.
I would check all the wiring first. Then, you should probably figure out if any lights need to be replaced. That's my guess.
have you replaced the dimmer switch? if not that may be the problem. I had the same problem in reverse( brights worked but headlights didn't) water damaged the dimmer switch on the steering column once I replaced it all was good.
There is a headlight out. The brights are sometimes a different bulb than the lowbeams.
Most likely they are burned out and need to be replaced.
This spot is for the optional fog lights. I wish mine had them.
Yes, and hopefully nothing else.
I would first make sure the lamps are the correct ones for your vehicle.
what about the brights?
Check the fuse for the high beam headlight circuit or possibly a faulty selector (on the steering column) switch.
The question is a little hard to understand, but it sounds like your low-beam is out
headlight bulbs changed,dimmer swich changed,headlight swich changed.key off headlight work low ,key on goes to brights. unpluged harness check ok at first ,but after a few try hi beam indictor would not go to low m-beam
You need to not use your brights when behind a vehicle unless there is reasonable distance. A few car lengths is not enough. My rule of thumb is, if I can see THEIR headlight pattern on the road in front of them, no brights. High beams are blinding, especially today with the higher brightness bulbs and the reflections in the rear view mirrors. If you are in doubt, TURN THEM OFF.
sounds like the headlight control mudule
On my 97 Chevy Cavalier the daytime runnings lights are the Hi beams (brights). Have you replaced any of the bulbs? Yes, same bulb. This means your headlight wires are corroded and BOTH headlights lost the ground, so the circuit is open. The wire harness runs in front of the radiator. Pull off the cowl as if changing your headlight bulbs. The inspect the wire harness for corrosion (green-blue grainy spots). Repair the corroded wire by cutting out the corroded part and bridging the gap with a new piece of wire.
either both bulbs burnt out highbeam only or you need a headlight switch (controls signals, cruise(if it has it), and headlights)
Check all your grounds. Battery to block and your headlight sockets.
Generally speaking, high beams and low beams are two different elements in the headlight bulb, so if one is burned out the other can still work fine. you will need to replace the bulb.
Pull the flasher handle towards you to toggle the brights on and off
If it is your dims, then it will require a Headlight Assembly Kit. Mine cost $1,800 for my '97 Mark VIII. You have to have everything replaced and they're kind of hard to find. The $1800 included parts and labor. It's mighty expensive but you can't drive a car at night without headlights! Alternative (and much cheaper unless you get a ticket from a cop) is to just use your brights if you don't feel like dropping 2 grand on headights.
I had this same problem when I first got my 94 beretta. To switch from your regular lights to brights, you have to pull the turning signal lever towards you to switch between normal and brights.