Headlight on driver's side dim; they go out when I put brights on.

10

Asked by Jan 08, 2015 at 04:39 PM about the 2002 Subaru Outback Base Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I switched the headlight housings from left to right, then the headlight relays. The problem still stayed on the driver's side. New bulbs already.

3 Answers

515

My guess is a bad ground. A headlight is normally grounded to the chassis of a vehicle in order to allow electricity to complete a circuit and return to the vehicle's negative battery terminal. If the headlight's ground loosens or is corroded, the headlight will begin to dim. Trace the route of each of the wires coming from the wiring harness until the ground is found. The ground is the wire that runs directly to the chassis. Clean and tighten the connection. Hope this works for you.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

I'll check that out. Still don't understand why I would only get 6 volts going to the lamp. I bought a new switch assembly for the steering column, thinking it might be that. It didn't... It's hard to trace the ground back because it disappears into the fender well; but I should have continuity between that ground wire and the frame; is that what you're suggesting? Thank you...

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Did you figure out the problem..... I have the same thing

Your Answer

Outback

Looking for a Used Outback in your area?

CarGurus has 35,955 nationwide Outback listings starting at $1,200.

ZIP:

Subaru Outback Experts

  • #1
    Markw1952
    Reputation
    8,500
  • #2
    TheSubaruGuruBoston
    Reputation
    2,810
  • #3
    F_O_R
    Reputation
    2,750
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Forester
384 Great Deals out of 39,426 listings starting at $1,495
Used Subaru Impreza
220 Great Deals out of 22,384 listings starting at $1,995
Used Subaru Legacy
211 Great Deals out of 15,875 listings starting at $1,999
Used Honda CR-V
695 Great Deals out of 59,084 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota RAV4
751 Great Deals out of 50,533 listings starting at $1,195
Used Toyota 4Runner
313 Great Deals out of 25,189 listings starting at $1,750
Used Toyota Highlander
514 Great Deals out of 33,837 listings starting at $2,450
Used Toyota Tacoma
659 Great Deals out of 45,743 listings starting at $2,700
Used Honda Accord
1,082 Great Deals out of 65,750 listings starting at $561
Used Honda Pilot
536 Great Deals out of 39,801 listings starting at $300
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
38 Great Deals out of 1,211 listings starting at $3,999
Used Toyota Camry
931 Great Deals out of 90,023 listings starting at $300
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
923 Great Deals out of 71,824 listings starting at $1,200

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Outback For Sale
22,984 listings starting at $23,310
2017 Subaru Outback For Sale
36 Great Deals out of 3,911 listings starting at $20,995
2016 Subaru Outback For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 1,379 listings starting at $15,495
2015 Subaru Outback For Sale
75 Great Deals out of 1,908 listings starting at $9,483
2014 Subaru Outback For Sale
45 Great Deals out of 1,181 listings starting at $7,451

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.