help please- headlights dont work

Submitted: Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:36
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Hi everyone,
Got in the ute tonight went to turn to headlights on low beam and they lasted 1 second then turned off. The park lights / tail lights, high beam works, spotties wont work either (they are hooked up to high beam).
Fuses look ok, (bit hard to see in the dark) and they are dry (it has been raining all afternoon).
Could anybody please help with suggestions as it would be great.

It is a 1994 toyota landcruiser ute.
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Reply By: Member - Hughesy (SA) - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:40

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:40
Try the fusible link that normally comes straight off the battery. Its the wire that has a funny looking thing about 2 inches long.
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Follow Up By: Brian (SA) - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 22:06

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 22:06
Yeah ; the fusible link is the one. Had the same problem with my 75 series; there was a bad connection in the link causing the headlights to go on or off over bumps.

My fusible limk was a black one about the same diameter as a pencil and about 30mm long. I just cut it out and joined the wire as a temporary repair......... still that way; I probably should do something about it one day .

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Reply By: Jugs - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:45

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:45
Brian
Don't know much about you exact truck. But if you have a multi meter or a test lamp (12/v bulb with wires coming off for easy connection) I would test the 12V Pos at the lights, but my highest suspect is the earth, If you have power at the rest of the lights may be its the other side ?? If Pos + is at the lights you can test with a length of wire from the earth side of the light back to the batt Neg -
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Reply By: boo boo - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:47

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:47
brian
It really sounds like a fuse. Have you replaced it with any of the non essential fuses to check it out
Regards Bob
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Reply By: HJ60-2H - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:49

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:49
There is no fuse in this system so wont be that. Fusibl elink as suggested earlier of the circuit breaker.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 21:41

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 21:41
Funny but I had lights problems this morning too with my 75s troopy except it was the hazards, they started soon as i turned the key on and i could'nt stop them , then I pressed the alarm button on the key ring and they stopped but soon as the key was turned away they went again ,for some reason I thought there must be something about the alarm so popped the bonnet and took the fuse out of the alarm and no more problems , maybe there is a short in the alarm.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 22:22

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 22:22
Brian
Sorry i didn't really answer your question before but had to have time to ponder on it , when I go from H to L beams and vice-versa there is the sound of a relay switch working, could it bw a faulty relay
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 22:32

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 22:32
just checked my manual and there is a light relay , also lists , open circuit in wiring,faulty switch , and faulty fuse / fuse connection
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Reply By: Oznuggets - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 23:53

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 23:53
Hi Brian,
Another possible cause if all the other suggestions fail is a faulty combination switch, the module around the stearing column. I was crossing the nullabor a couple of years ago in my troopy and the headlights just went dead, I had to hold the high beam lever back till I could find a place to camp for the night. A few days later I pulled the stearing wheel and removed the combination switch to find a broken contact which i managed to fix ok with some solder. Best of luck, Peter.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 16:23

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 16:23
Just had the same thing happen with my indicators.
Worked sometimes, but more often than not.
The fuse had a crack or fine break in the wire that I couldn't see too easily.
New fuse, all OK now.
Other choice besides fuse/fusible link is switch or relay.

You may have to work back from the battery with a tester.
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Reply By: Brian B (Mackay Qld) - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 17:35

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 17:35
Thanks everyone for your replies.
Today i checked all the fuses, all ok.
Took my ute to the auto electrician and two headlight bulbs later, all working.
Both low beam headlights blew at the same time, and once the sparky fix that, the spotties started working straight away.
OK if you have a spare $85. But it is all good now!
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 20:43

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 20:43
2 low beam globes $20 ,1/2hr of an auto electicians time $65 , knowing the job is done ,priceless,, for all else use the forum ,{apologies to mastercard}....LOL.
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Follow Up By: Brian B (Mackay Qld) - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:21

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:21
$45 for 45min labour & $20 for each globe = $85 (easy way out)

vs

me finding time to find the problem and fix it,
knowing that i can't drive at night until i find the problem,
knowing that i work all day and don't feel like being a pretend auto electrician when i get home from work in the dark,
knowing that my ute has to be in working order by 2am saturday for my week-long camping/fishing trip

option 1- $85 and no hassles

option 2- #*&^$%#@@!$^&%$

priceless
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