1987 Nissan Pathfinder 87 Pathfinder driver side low beam f

Tiny
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Hello,

I have a 1987 Nissan Pathfinder, and the low beam on the driver headlight is not working. High beam is ok. Both filaments on the bulb are ok, and if I check the voltage at the connector with the bulb removed, I get 12V for both the high and low beams when selected. However, when the bulb is actually in place, the voltage for the low beam drops to near zero when low beam is selected. If I jumper the low beam wire to the hot battery terminal, the low beam filament lights up. Same ground is used for both filaments, and I have further verified it is not the ground.

So, I seem to have isolated the problem to the low beam hot, but not sure where to look from here. Is there a relay somewhere I should check, or how should I proceed with the troubleshooting from here?

Thanks for any advice,

John
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Friday, October 24th, 2008 AT 7:53 PM

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Would be checkign the wire for a possible pinch or damage in teh low beam wire causing high resistance and a drop in power when the light is hooked up and the power is being used.
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Friday, October 24th, 2008 AT 11:38 PM
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RICHARD J.
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I had a similar problem with my 92' pathfinder. The final answer was that I had to replace the steering column signal / light control. It is a very easy job and was a pretty cheap item.
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Sunday, October 26th, 2008 AT 9:45 AM

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