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Old 12-28-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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Both low beam headlights out at the same time.

Question? I have a 05 Tacoma 4x4 4.0 and the both headlights (Low Beam) Went out at the same time. Something has to be wrong. I replaced the factory bulbs with the silver stars less than 4 mos ago. I checked the fuses under the hood and seem to be ok. Fog lights work and so do high beams. I called toyota and they say its the headlight swich but wanted to ask everybody what they think. Any suggestions before I spend $120 bucks on this? HELP!!!
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:43 AM   #2
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Nope, believe it or not, it's a common thing. I run higher wattage bulbs with a heavy wiring harness and every single time (3X now) I burn out one bulb, the other one goes within ONE day. Sometimes the same day. Daniel Stern (http://www.danielsternlighting.com ) confirms this happens a lot. I don't know if it's a spike in voltage when one goes, or something like that, but it happens a lot. I carry 2 spare bulbs at all times. Replace your bulbs and see if they go at the same time next time too. I would NOT spend any money on switches!
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:03 AM   #3
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Thanks,

I will try that. I just hated to put $50 dollar headlights in if they are not the problem. I will prob just go and get some regular ones and go from there. Thanks. appreciate it.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:32 PM   #4
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Use a multimeter or a 12 volt test light. A cheap test light can be had for less than $5 and you'll be surprised how many times you will use it confirming power, looking for good grounds, etc.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:48 PM   #5
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I had that happen on my blazer, both lowbeam bulbs burned out the exact same time, check the bulbs first.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:53 PM   #6
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I believe there is a thread on here about bulb life....and the silverstars have shorter life expectancies.....and it is even pointed out on the silverstar package......(assuming you are talking about the ultras).

But ............I have had mine do the same thing on the 2000 Taco I had. I suspect there is a momentary surge as the voltage/current used on the circuit changes.
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