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Drivers side headlight works only in highbeam while the passenger side light doesnot work at all on my 96 honda odyssey,what seems to be the problem?

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  • Joseph Dawson Oct 06, 2011

    I need to know first of all, have you changed out the head lamps, with brand new ones?

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I agree, first start with bulbs, and sockets...be sure to clean sockets (corrosion) spray with PB Blaster to clean as necessary...use bulb grease when re-installing...ALSO be sure not to touch finger sweat on bulbs...this always shortens the bulb life...Hope this helps.

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Your headlights have a relay switch which could (BAD) cause that the switch may not be working properly check along the wire harness from headlight-headlight should be in front end under hood Not really sure on that model

Posted on Oct 08, 2011

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The first thing about headlights is they always burn out normally one beam at a time...either low or high beam...pending vehicle light assortment...mostly the high beam will go first on single light systems...I believe you have a burnt light by the way you describe it...always check all connections for bad connections also some have seperate left and right fuses...check all before spending money but it is more than likely a simple bulb...change both at the same time if you have never changed either.............hope this helps.....Metalpoet..................

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Could be a number of things, first make sure the bulbs are good. Then you can check the sockets and fuses if all that is fine check the headlite wires for any breaks. If all that is ok then i guess it would have to be the headlite switch.

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Hepcars is right on the money - check the lamps and sockets first.
Don't forget to check the body connection terminals on the ground wires from the lamp sockets. Corrosion on these terminals or the body sheet metal around their anchor screws will cause the headlights to be dim or non-functional. Sometimes a poor ground connection will let the high beam work but not at full brightness, but the low beam will not be visible.
If the ground terminal ring is corroded, try cleaning it with Scotch-Brite - that does a more thorough job than sandpaper. If the plating is gone, or the terminal is broken down by the corrosion, crimp on a new one. It's tempting to strip the wire and twist it around the screw head, but that is not a reliable connection. Be sure to clean off any rust on the screw and the body where the ring makes contact. If you can find a cold-galvanizing paint, spray this on the contact area of the body after removing the rust. This will protect the metal from repeat damage. Note: don't spray this paint on the headlight connector! You'll have short circuits and all kinds of other problems if you do.

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If your bulbs are good, then you either have an electrical issue or a bad headlight switch

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Aside from the obvious of changing the bulbs with new ones and checking all fuses and wiring for shorts the only other time I have seen this it was the light switch itself.

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CHECK FUSES HONDA VECHICLES HAS FUSE FOR BOTH RIGHT LOW AND HIGH BEAM FUSE AND HAS FUSES BOTH LEFT HIGH AND LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS.EACH HEAD LIGHT HAS IT OWN FUSE.

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I agree with both solutions, has the vehicle been in an accident lately?

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If the bulbs and holders are ok, check the fuse, if the fuse is ok, than it is the relay, if the relay is fine than it is your stalk switch that is faulty, but would need more details to determine.

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I presume you have checked the bulbs are not blown and the bulb holders are not corroded, if you havent then start with that. then check your fuses. if non of helps ask again your question with more details.

Posted on Oct 06, 2011

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