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Angry Head lights

What now? Never had a problem with the head lights except that they are not bright enough, but tonight driving home, the lights just went out. I had to cycle them OFF and then ON and they came back on. Any ideas what the problem is? It gets dark out here in the country, hope it was just a one time glitch. Thanks
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Bad headlight switch?
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Headlight Relay?

You carry the spare relay like you are supposed to? hehe, just busting chops.
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Does the 914 actually have a relay to switch the headlights on and off?

I thought all power for the lights was routed directly through the headlight switch, and the relay was just for the motors to raise and lower them?
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There is a "dimmer relay" that selects between high beam and low beam. The current does all go through the headlight switch--and also the ignition switch.

If your gauges and such all stayed alive when the lights were out, then the ignition switch is fine. If the illumination lights in the instruments went out, then suspect the wiring from the ignition to the headlight switch. Otherwise, I would suspect the switch or the relay, or the wires dealing with either.

There is a separate ground for each of the lights, so usually you will lose only one light to grounding problems. I did have a problem where one light was much dimmer than the other (most of the time) which was due to a bad ground on that light. But again, that was only one light.

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Tonight was just fine, lights never went out. The only difference is I had 80lbs of salt pellets up front, but I made sure they were secure. Dave, the instruments lights did not go out. But like I said tonight was a good night.
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I once had a problem with my headlights, similar to what you are saying. My lights would go out or both the high beam & low beam would go on ath the same time.

It turned out to be a problem with my turn signal switch. I had recently changed the steering wheel & when I put it all back together, I must have jarred the turn signal assembly & a wire was grounding out.

I pulled out the turn signal switch & made sure all the wires were routing properly & the problem was solved. It's worked fine for years now.

Vern
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Thanks Vern, it hasn't done it since but I will keep that in mind if it does. Thanks for all the responses fellas.
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