Passenger headlight won't turn on


Asked by Nov 27, 2013 at 06:13 PM about the 1988 Honda Accord DX Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Got 1988 accord dx with flip up headlights,
passenger won't turn on. I figured it was the
headlight, but bulb is fine. Thought it was
terminal since it looks factory, changed it
and not that, I triple checked the wires were
correct. Any other options I'm not aware of?

5 Answers

ummm the MAIN ground connection off the battery (the chassis ground) has a spot where the lug from the battery attaches...wirebrush that spot to remove all corrosion...the lug also must be made shiny from the wirebrush...bolt 'em together and enjoy a full 12.5 volts to the chassis~

five years is about the life span of these new tin/antimony alloy car batteries~


I already put new battery in 7months ago, but I'll try that out tomorrow over work. But I'm still open to more questions!


It's an 88. You could have a wire with a rotted coating that's cracked and the bare wire could be touching another piece of metal causing a short or just plain out burnt wire running from that headlight. Chase the wires and check for green corrosion at the connection points too. If there is green corrosion and the length of wire between the connection points is still in tact take the connectors off clean them with your wife's nail file and put some cooking oil on the connectors to help prevent that green coating from coming back. If that's not it, buy a flashlight and tape it to the flip thing. Just remember to turn the flashlight off when you park. Your batteries will die.


And the wires I'm referring to are from the headlight to the power source.

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