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Old 15 Sep 2014, 08:03 pm
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Default Bad Headlight Socket/Wiring

Hi, the low beam of my 03 cruiser went out. Tried a new bulb, still doesn't work. Checked fuses, all good. Put multimeter to socket and got 0.0. How difficult is it to rewire? Even if it's just the socket, is it easier to replace the socket and he wiring? Just wondering before I try to tackle this. Thanks!
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Old 16 Sep 2014, 08:18 am
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Hi, the low beam of my 03 cruiser went out. Tried a new bulb, still doesn't work. Checked fuses, all good. Put multimeter to socket and got 0.0. How difficult is it to rewire? Even if it's just the socket, is it easier to replace the socket and he wiring? Just wondering before I try to tackle this. Thanks!
Multimeter to socket? Light switch on: Did you check socket for 12v to battery ground?
Did you check Ground continuity from socket to battery?
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Old 18 Sep 2014, 07:18 am
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Default Re: Bad Headlight Socket/Wiring

All I've done so far is test the voltage in the socket by placing one end of the multimeter into one of the holes in the socket and putting the other end of the multimeter into the other hole in the socket. Please let me know if I did it incorrectly. Thanks
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All I've done so far is test the voltage in the socket by placing one end of the multimeter into one of the holes in the socket and putting the other end of the multimeter into the other hole in the socket. Please let me know if I did it incorrectly. Thanks
Ground Continuity check:
Its possible the ground is bad, thats why you need to check the socket terminals to the battery. No Continuity means no lights. Repair ground

Light switch on:
VOM on voltage
Check VOM on voltage: battery negative to socket terminals for 12 volts


There are several grounds on the left fender that "MAY LOOK GOOD" but need redone if you find a bad ground to the between socket and battery.
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Default Re: Bad Headlight Socket/Wiring

So is there a different method of checking the voltage than putting each end other multimeter into each hole in the socket? Is the other end of the wiring harnessed also? i.e. can i just unplug the other end? I ask this because I see parts on ebay where one end is the socket and the other end is a wiring harness. Thanks
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Old 22 Sep 2014, 05:24 pm
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Default Re: Bad Headlight Socket/Wiring

If you are testing a bulb circuit for voltage, testing anywhere else along the wiring circuit may find voltage. However that doesn't guarantee that the voltage is reaching the bulb socket.

And yes, there is a test other than putting each end of a multimeter into each hole in the socket. Use a test light.

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So is there a different method of checking the voltage than putting each end other multimeter into each hole in the socket? Is the other end of the wiring harnessed also? i.e. can i just unplug the other end? I ask this because I see parts on ebay where one end is the socket and the other end is a wiring harness. Thanks
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