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Old 02-12-2008, 10:04 PM
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97 Prelude SH Dim Headlights Don't Work...

Hello, I just bought a 97 SH Monday and only my Hi-Beams work and I hate being the A-hole that is blinding everyone. Just wondering if anyone has an idea of what I could do to fix this. In dim mode only these little tiny lamps are dimly lit. I want to see if the bulbs are blown but I can't figure out how to get them out. Also if no one knows how to fix them, how can I at least aim the brights lower so I don't bother people so bad.

I don't know if this will help diagnose, but the front parking light don't come on either, only work as turn signals. I don't know if they are suppose to be on as parking lights but I thought I'd throw it in.

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The manual explains how to remove them. Most likely the bulbs are just blown. Go up to autozone and get some OEM H1 headlight bulbs. They're quite easy to take out, I'm pretty sure you take off the weather seal thing, reach in and undo a pin and out they come. Like I said I'm pretty sure its in the manual, if not let us know.

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The dim lights in the headlamps are probably the parking lights. You change the low beams the same way you change the high beams. In fact, they use the same bulb, H1. Up front, the turn signal is just that, so they're not supposed to light up otherwise.
If you don't have a manual, changing the bulbs goes like this:

1. unplug the plug on the bulb.
2. pull off the rubber piece.
3. release the metal holder and pull the thing out.
4. pull the bulb from the plastic piece that plugs into the car (that you already unplugged)
5. Get the new bulb. DO NOT TOUCH THE LIGHT ITSELF!!!! And plug it in.
6. Put everything back in reverse order.
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Oh yeah, great point E! Trust me, I went through about 6 new bulbs in a 3 month period because I didn't realize you shouldn't touch the bulb, so do yourself a favor, and dont touch them. Also, don't worry about getting the more expensive ones (especially the sylvania silverstars, they are notorious for burning out) just get OEM because they're perfectly bright, and really the only reason the silverstars might seem brighter, is if you're replacing bulbs that are a few years old (bulbs do fade over time).
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Yeah our USDM preludes did not come with fog/parking lights up front... those are actually your turn signals. Our foglights take the form of that really dim lightbulb inside the headlight housing that you are describing (I assume that's what you're describing at least).
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I'm sure he is. When your headlight goes out you still see that dim bulb. I guess they also act as our daytime running lights, since you can turn just those on.
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Hey thanks everyone for the help. Mine didn't come with a manual so the step by step from SI Speed is going to help. I bought OEM lo beams lastnight and will attempt to change them at lunch today and will let you know if they were just blown or if there is some other problem. This is my first membership to something like this and I am impressed with the quick help you guys have given. I hope one day I can do the same!
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You definately made a good choice with this site. Were more of a family than anything, so pretty much any flaming you do see is just fun and games haha.

But once you figure it out its actually really easy to change bulbs. I figured it out by myself without a manual (because I'm cool like that)
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