Why is one headlight dim with brand new bulbs?

Asked by Jan 06, 2008 at 06:45 PM about the 2001 Pontiac Sunfire

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just replaced both headlight bulbs, however one headlight, the passenger side, is still dim. I switched the bulbs, put the passenger in the drivers side and the drivers in the passenger side and the passengers side is still dim, so I know it is not the bulbs. I have plugged and unplugged the bulb several times to make sure that there is a good connection to no avail. Am I going to have to replace the wiring harnesses? If so how tedious of a job is it. I looked at them and cannot figure out how to take them off without cutting the wires?

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no on wiring harness.check your ground to light also is the head light cover dulled out on that side or it could just be the plug in.

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Yes, agreed. The plastic covers often get yellowed with age. Also, it could be an optical illusion if the headlamps themselves are not properly aligned -- you may want to have this done. You might be looking at the pass. side from a slightly different angle and it appears dimmer.

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ELECTRIC FLOWS FROM NEGITIVE TO POSITIVE REPLACE THE GROUND TEMPORARLY IVE HAD SAME PROBLEM EVEN THOU LIGHT WORKS UP AND DOWN STILL NEEDS GROUND FOR LAMP

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