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Old 08-23-2010, 10:32 PM   #1
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Default Jeep headlights issue - too dim (but full beam is fine)

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Wondered if anyone can help. I have a 94 Jeep and have problems with the headlights, about to head on a couple of road trips so need to fix them up.

Basically the normal lights are way too dim, its as if they are only on the parking setting or something. When I turn onto full beam though they are very bright, which means that I dassle other traffic.

I've tried replacing the bulbs, but no luck and also looked at the fuses inside the car.

I know that there is a fuse under the bonnet for the headlights as well, but I have not touched this as it states that I need to disconnect the battery first and I don't want to cause any other promblems with the electronics......

Any ideas? thanks guys, not much of a mechanic so any help is greatly appricaitated.

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check the fuses,it might help
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It's hard to say for sure, but I'll tell you right now that the stock Cherokee's low-beams suck. Hard.
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So what can I do?
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thats weird,ive never hears that happen b4,if i find out,ill let u kno
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So what can I do?
There was some talk a while back about some people replacing the power feed lines with a heavier gauge, and running thicker ground cables, to get more power. You could also look into a replacement light housing that takes a standard H4 or other type modern bulb, those will produce more light and should just drop in.

Or drop the big bucks, get some projector-beam headlight housings and slap a HID kit in it. It won't be cheap to do correctly, but lighting problems will be a thing of the past.
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I broke down and bought Hella H4 inserts. I think I paid like 94 bucks for the pair but the difference between the Hellas and the sealed beams are like night and day no pun intended.
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Mine were dim too. I suspect they were orig and just worn out.

I replaced them with Sylvania Silverstars for $22 ea from Amazon. 15 min install.

Working great now and I didn't have to fool with any rewiring, etc.

Worth a shot.
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I had the some proublem with my lights and upgraded to Sylvania Silverstars but didn't see a whole lot of a difference so I'm thinking of doing a delta conversion when I get more cash. It switches the regular sealed unit into a Xenon bulb setup.
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just do the relay setup so your lights power off the battery instead of through the switch. Ends up with the switch only turning the relay on. Search for wiring relays for headlights. Stock you may only be getting 10 of a possible 14.4 volts to the lights. Get the other 4 and if that's not enough then look at upgrading. It's also the cheapest solution. If nothing else then whatever you put in will work better and will save your switch and stock wiring from a meltdown from higher amp drawing bulbs.
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just do the relay setup so your lights power off the battery instead of through the switch. Ends up with the switch only turning the relay on. Search for wiring relays for headlights. Stock you may only be getting 10 of a possible 14.4 volts to the lights. Get the other 4 and if that's not enough then look at upgrading. It's also the cheapest solution. If nothing else then whatever you put in will work better and will save your switch and stock wiring from a meltdown from higher amp drawing bulbs.

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on low beam the power for the lights comes through the light switch. Poor for power delivery and often attributed to failure of the light switch especailly where higher wattage globes are used
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