Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > Ford Ranger Technical > Electrical Tech
Forgot Password? Join Us!


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 07-29-2013, 10:11 PM
Ranger Nation
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 339
Default headlights too dim...thinkong electrical problem

My headlights aren't lighting up all the way. I'm thinking a wire is bad or something because the brights work and they are really dim when I turn the switch on the dash and I can't see at all at night and this makes me nervous
Its like only the parking lights are coming on
Thanks!
__________________
2002 Fx4 Offroad 60k miles, Black interior w/ Spiderweb seats."The Holy Grail of Rangers"
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-29-2013, 10:21 PM
Journeyman
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 568
Default Re: headlights too dim...thinkong electrical problem

Start at the root, are your battery terminals clean or corroded?
__________________
2007 Sport|Dark Shadow Grey|3.slow|2WD|Black Billet| LED Tails/3rd Brake
Alpine CDE-SXM145BT,KTP-445,SPR-68 & Sundown sub/amp (coming soon-ish)
AudioTechnix CCA Big3|Mechman 170A HO Alt.|NSB Group 65
My Truck
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-29-2013, 10:22 PM
can it get any better!
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 939
Default Re: headlights too dim...thinkong electrical problem

When was the last time u changed out your lights?
__________________
2006 Ranger. 2.3l 5 speed
Air box mod and throttle cable mod.
Tri-fold tonneau cover. VHT taillights. Tinted corner lights.
fog lights.black headlights.
LED driving lights, dome, 3rd breaklight, LED tailgate light bar and LED foot wells. LED tails.
4.10 stock gears[/COLOR]

My Build:

http://www.fordrangerforum.com/proje...ger-build.html
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-29-2013, 10:26 PM
Ranger Nation
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 339
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by black 06 ranger View Post
When was the last time u changed out your lights?
Probably a while, but I'm not sure you the bulbs are bad. idid some electrical work not too long ago and I'm worried I screwed something up.But changing them will probably be good anyway

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by Markous View Post
Start at the root, are your battery terminals clean or corroded?
Hmm maybe I'll check on that tomorrow
__________________
2002 Fx4 Offroad 60k miles, Black interior w/ Spiderweb seats."The Holy Grail of Rangers"
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-29-2013, 10:26 PM
Just call me'Two Rangers'
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,502
Default Re: headlights too dim...thinkong electrical problem

Radically dim low beams is a hallmark sign of a ground fault.
__________________
'98, 2wd, 2.5l, 5spd, regular cab step side
'07, 4X4, 4.0l, 5spd, super cab fleet side
'66 Ford Mustang 289, Auto
'81 Yamaha XS850 custom bobber
'91 Suzuki Marauder

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Ben Franklin
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. - Voltaire
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-29-2013, 10:27 PM
Ranger Nation
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 339
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ordinary Biker View Post
Radically dim low beams is a hallmark sign of a ground fault.
How do fix it? They are about the same brightness as my parking lights
__________________
2002 Fx4 Offroad 60k miles, Black interior w/ Spiderweb seats."The Holy Grail of Rangers"
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-29-2013, 10:31 PM
Just call me'Two Rangers'
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,502
Default Re: headlights too dim...thinkong electrical problem

Check all the wiring to each light. Look for corroded connectors, worn insulation, broken conductors. If that is what it is, you will have repair whatever you find bad.
__________________
'98, 2wd, 2.5l, 5spd, regular cab step side
'07, 4X4, 4.0l, 5spd, super cab fleet side
'66 Ford Mustang 289, Auto
'81 Yamaha XS850 custom bobber
'91 Suzuki Marauder

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Ben Franklin
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. - Voltaire
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-29-2013, 10:34 PM
Ranger Nation
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 339
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ordinary Biker View Post
Check all the wiring to each light. Look for corroded connectors, worn insulation, broken conductors. If that is what it is, you will have repair whatever you find bad.
I'll look into it, I have a feeling I screwed something up when I installed Under dash LED strips. I double checked every wire I fooled with and all look okay though
__________________
2002 Fx4 Offroad 60k miles, Black interior w/ Spiderweb seats."The Holy Grail of Rangers"
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-07-2013, 06:05 PM
Ranger Nation
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 339
Default

I fixed it anyone still cares. Bad power wire is all it was
__________________
2002 Fx4 Offroad 60k miles, Black interior w/ Spiderweb seats."The Holy Grail of Rangers"
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-07-2013, 06:07 PM
can it get any better!
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 939
Default Re: headlights too dim...thinkong electrical problem

Good glad you can see at night!
__________________
2006 Ranger. 2.3l 5 speed
Air box mod and throttle cable mod.
Tri-fold tonneau cover. VHT taillights. Tinted corner lights.
fog lights.black headlights.
LED driving lights, dome, 3rd breaklight, LED tailgate light bar and LED foot wells. LED tails.
4.10 stock gears[/COLOR]

My Build:

http://www.fordrangerforum.com/proje...ger-build.html
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-07-2013, 06:11 PM
Ranger Nation
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 339
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by black 06 ranger View Post
Good glad you can see at night!
Luxury lol
__________________
2002 Fx4 Offroad 60k miles, Black interior w/ Spiderweb seats."The Holy Grail of Rangers"
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Headlights to dim..may be an electrical problem pbrahana Exterior Tech 155 08-01-2013 08:27 PM
Dim Headlights & cleaning - 92 ranger matteusclement Exterior Tech 2 07-06-2013 12:32 PM
For Sale: OHC, Visors, Auto Dim, Headlights Ranger01 Interior Parts 8 11-13-2012 08:37 PM
Auto Dim Mirror and Automatic Headlights eXtreMe579 Electrical Tech 2 03-12-2012 06:22 AM
New electrical problem with headlights on jsh13 Electrical Tech 3 03-05-2012 07:46 AM



Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.