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#1 Mondij89

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Posted 6 days ago

Ok so I'm having issues getting my head lights to work and it seems to be costing me quite a bit. And I am having trouble finding a solution because we can't determine the year of the car. Any help?

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Posted 6 days ago

Ok so I'm having issues getting my head lights to work and it seems to be costing me quite a bit. And I am having trouble finding a solution because we can't determine the year of the car. Any help?

Amando,

 

You can Google for a VIN decoder, and try that.  There are many such decoders on-line.  Lots of information is encoded into the VIN.

 

What works and doesn't work, about the headlights?


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Posted 6 days ago

Please explain your problem in more detail. Just saying the headlights don't work could cover many different problems.



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Posted 6 days ago

Well the vin on my car and body by fisher tag say to different years. Vin says75. But many other parts say 79. Including doors, tires, back clip, front clip.
And the main problem is my fuses keep blowing. At first only when i went in to reverse. I just fineshed some re wiring caise the front end looks to be from a 79 but if the car was from a 75 then it wouldnt need the other 2 lights on the front. But no matter what I've tried so far, the fuses just keep going out.

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Posted 6 days ago

Dead short somewhere start disconnecting lights and what not until you find the short


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Posted 5 days ago

Dead short somewhere start disconnecting lights and what not until you find the short

Amando,

 

James is right on, there.  Disconnect everything, and add things back in, one by one, until you find the cause.  Make sure that the headlights themselves are exactly what the 1975 or 1979 Firebird would be using, just for now.  Some new headlight units (or auxiliary lighting) may be drawing too much power.


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Posted 5 days ago

Amando,

 

You may need to check the Owner's Manual for the 1975 and 1979 Firebirds, and see if the headlight fuse (Amps rating) will be the same for each case.  Your front clip probably will use the headlight fuse for that year Firebird.  You should not use a fuse with a heavier Amps rating than the Owner's Manual calls out, for your front clip.


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Posted 5 days ago

The 75 came with 2 headlights while the 79 came with 4.  Maybe the 4 lights are overloading the circuit designed for 2 lights.  But if I remember correctly, 2nd gens use a circuit breaker for the headlights and fuses for the rest of the lights.

 

When 75 lights are on, low filament is used in both bulbs. When 75 high beams are on the high beam filament in both bulbs is on.

 

On the 4 headlight system, when low beams on both low beam lights are on. When switched to high beams, both lights on each side are on.

 

So the 4 headlight system would be drawing much more power than 2 light system.


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