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post #1 of 2 Old 01-08-2013, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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"Warm up" my Headlights

Hey ya'll,

It hasn't really been much of a bother since its a minor issue. For the past year after a cold night, I'll start up my Jeep to warm up before I go to work and the headlights will not turn on right way when I pull out the "light choke" switch, as I call it. After about 5 to 10 mins they will all of a sudden FLICK on.

It is as if the headlight wiring has to "warm up" as I stated in the title. I've done a little research on here and I've seen similar issues but haven't heard of a concrete solution. Maybe a relay? Idk.

Also, from my research I have done I found a trick to getting the lights to FLICK on faster (if I am in a hurry to leave the house). Hold back the brights switch while simultaneously pushing the headlight switch in and out repeatedly while also revving up to about 2,000 RPM. For some odd reason, this makes the lights come on.

Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 2 Old 01-08-2013, 10:00 PM
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Spend the $20 and buy a new switch. Mine did the same thing when it was cold out for months, then it started cutting out while driving.

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