Typical female car owner!

Tiny
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I have recently gained a problem with my cars headlights. I own a 1996 (P Reg) ford escort 1.6 approx 80,000 miles.

I noticed that the (L/H side) main headlight (as you are sitting in the car) is not working. I assumed it was the bulb but before purchasing I thought I would change the fuse. No change. I then decided to check all the lights and realised that when I put it on side light neither of them work, which is strange.

However both headlights work when on full beam (when the blue light comes on).

In short; Main beam L/H not working
Full Beam - both work
Side light - neither work!

I also have a problem with my dashboard lighting, as in it doesn't light up my speedo etc when I turn the lights on. I'm guessing this is all connected?

Basically I am asking what the problem could be for 2 reasons. Firstly I don't want to waste money by buying bulbs and fuses unnecesarily. Secondly if it does need to go to a garage it would be of great help to have some idea of the problem so that I don't get targeted with expensive or unnecessary repairs. Which I am afraid to say happens too much these days with women car owners.

I would therefore really appreciate you help and guidance.

Thank you :)

Anne
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Sunday, March 4th, 2007 AT 10:19 AM

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Tiny
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Try taking bulb from RT side and plugging in on LF ( if the pins are the same ) and if it works, it's the bulb.
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Sunday, March 4th, 2007 AT 7:51 PM
Tiny
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As for the side lights, follow "Kevin1986's" directions.

As for the headlights, yes, You most likely need a new headlamp. Headlamps have esentially 2 lights inside of the assembly. In the headlamp assmebly there are low and high beam lamps.

As for the speedometer light, If other lights work on the dash, then you have a burnt out bulb in the dashboard assembly. This is the hard one to get to and you might want a shop to replace it. However, for that cost, you might want to live without it. If all the lamps in the dashboard are out, then look for a bad fuse.

Good luck.

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Sunday, March 4th, 2007 AT 11:47 PM

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