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Highbeams don't always work.

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by tacowade, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Jun 18, 2011 at 6:03 AM
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    tacowade

    tacowade [OP] Active Member

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    I have been having troubles with my headlights working properly. The low beams always work but when I put lever into highbeam position the headlights go out. If I try about 5 or 6 times then they will come on. The highbeams always come on when I pull back the lever back. Is the switch at fault and if so does it come apart to clean the electrical contacts?
     
  2. Jun 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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    Jerry Bear

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    Sounds like the switch to me.

    I don't know if it comes apart.

    Try spraying a bunch of contact cleaner into the switch and exercise the hell out of it. If that doesn't work, replace the switch.
     
  3. Jun 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM
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    HondaGM

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    my wife has that problem...sub'd
     
  4. Jun 26, 2011 at 9:03 PM
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    joes06tacoma

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    The older Toyota trucks had a relay feeding battery positive power to the headlights. The ground side of the headlights was switched by the dimmer switch. Typically, the dimmer switch contacts get pitted and stop working. I don't know if a first gen Taco is the same or not. I know the 2nd gen trucks are different.

    Here's a link to check out:

    http://www.4crawler.com/4x4/CheapTricks/Headlights.shtml#Headlight_Combo

    Might not help you if your switch is sealed up.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    caribe makaira

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    I beleive the OP has a 1995 tacoma...
     
  6. Dec 23, 2013 at 4:41 AM
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    flatblack

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    ever get this resolved?
    i just started getting the same problem with my 95.5
     
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