2003 Cavalier

Tiny
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Only one light works when set to normal. And only the other light works when set to hi beam
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 7:24 PM

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Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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Have you tried a new bulb yet?
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 10:48 PM
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Check the headlight bulbs. Such bulbs have 2 different circuit in them and any one can fail with the other working.
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 10:52 PM
Tiny
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Which means Hi and Low beamer 2 different circuit that shares the same common ground
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 11:04 PM
Tiny
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I learned that this was the issue after I changed the bulb. The left light is out while on low beams but the right is on. And when I switch to hi beams the the left goes out and the right goes on. So I replaced the left bulb and the same result.

Should I replace both bulbs?
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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 AT 2:42 PM
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You mean after replacement of the left bulb, it still does not work on low beam?

Try swapping between right and left to see if there are any differences.
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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 AT 2:48 PM
Tiny
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Ok i'll try that. Switching left and right bulb
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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 AT 6:42 PM
Tiny
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That didn't change anything
I checked both left and right headlight fuses. Both ok
And other ideas?
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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 AT 9:39 PM
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High and low beam fuses operates both sides respectively and since at least one position is working, it is not the fault of the fuses.

You have a break in the wiring circuit between the right and left headlamps, one for the high beam and the other for the low beam.

Check the connectors for forward light harness, about 75 cm from horn connector. Wire color is Dark/Blue. It is for the low beam lights.

Use a fuses jumper to ground the Dark/Blue wire of leaft low to test if the low beam comes on for the left side. Grounding the Pink ( or Orange) wire would turn the high beams on.

Repeat above at right side headlamp.

The other connector for the high beam is at engine harness, left rear of engine.

Check for corrosion at connecter terminals. Corrosion of terminals would result in a break in the circuit.

A test lamp to test for voltage or a DVOM to test continuity would help.

Unplug both head light connectors and test for continuity between above described wires would enable you to understand if there is a break between them.
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Sunday, December 19th, 2010 AT 3:27 AM

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