HELP! Both headlights out at the same time!!

Asked by Jul 10, 2010 at 11:30 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have a 2002 chevy cavalier. just this evening i tried to go out and when i tried to turn my head lamps on, the only thing i got were my parking lights, and break lights. i put the car in drive and no daytime running lamps either, but the high beams do work. i turned the knob several times and still nothing so i shut the car off and after a moment started it up again. i turned the knob for the lights again and this time head, tail, and parking lights flashed rapidly and then i got a service light on the left side of the dash with the picture of a wrench. My head lights went out once before about a month ago, but while i was driving i was able to turn them on. i just recently had to install a new battery after 8 yrs and i believed the 1st headlight incident was a symptom of needing a new battery. is it just a bad coincidence that both headlights have gone out at the same time (i have never had to change a bulb since buying the car slightly used in '02 w/ 20,000 miles on it), or could it be something more?

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my guess would be that there is something loose inside the headlamp switch or the low/high beam switch to cause not getting low beam. It is also possible that the Body Control Module could be faulty, assuming that it controls the lights.

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Your headlamp switch when out. I had a similar issue with my 93 cavalier I had. Stopped at a gas station, turned the lights off, when I went to leave, they would not turn back on. Parking lights came on and I could use the high beams, but low beams did not work. Headlamp switch was bad.

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Did your daytime running lamps still work?

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check LT HDLP fuse 15a and RT HDLP 15a fuses on side of dash and there is a splice pack / ground that like to corrode on these cars located underneath the battery tray

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225

Great, that's something I haven't thought of. But wouldn't the brights fail as well? Still have brights but have to hold lever down. The daylights work as well.

345

if u moving your switch and suddenly the light appears than its the switch if not it's likely to check under the battery the multi plug over there can be corrosion full

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225

Thanks. It is the switch. When I hold it slightly the regular lights come on

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so mark my answer best answer or helpful at least:)

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225

Yea, I would, but we haven't received word from the woman with the actual problem. May not be the same thing

345

she probably sold the car already

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