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Old 09-29-2016, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default Random "Low Beam" Messages

I started getting them about 2 months ago. One bulb would come on and off on its own at different times, so I replaced it with a philips bulb off amazon. Today I got the message again, and the bulb still works. I havent replaced the other side since its a major pain, but I plan on doing it soon

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Old 10-05-2016, 10:44 AM   #2
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Default Re: Random "Low Beam" Messages

Check that the bulb is firmly seated and clipped in. And make sure the connectors are firmly connected too. I've had that message briefly before.

I actually have my HiR bulbs that I haven't put up for sale yet.

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Old 10-20-2016, 10:40 PM   #3
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Default Re: Random "Low Beam" Messages

I get the same message on and off. My other bulbs where white bulbs, and they werent burnt. One was just on and off when it wanted. I can get the message, turn off the bulbs and back on and it will go away. Maybe these cars only work well with a certain bulb? I remember seeing a thread about it

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Old 11-03-2016, 09:43 AM   #4
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Default Re: Random "Low Beam" Messages

I tested the wiring harness at the bulbs and they are fine. I still keep getting that message.

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Old 11-03-2016, 10:29 AM   #5
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Default Re: Random "Low Beam" Messages

Do both bulbs stay lit when the Low Beam message comes up?
Do you have the basic info display screen, or the GID? I've had both screens, but I can't remember if the basic screen tells you which side has the Low Beam error. The GID will show Low Beam Right or Left with a neat lil graphic.

Have you tried swapping the bulbs from one side to the other, and making sure they are connected securely? What are the specs on the bulb you bought? Are they still rated at 50W consumption? Sounds fine if they were Philips, but confirm this. Even when I had cheapo blue tinted 9005 halogen bulbs (before I knew better), there were no errors displayed.

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Old 11-03-2016, 11:44 AM   #6
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Personal experience and may or may not occur to others using stock OEM headlights - my low beams are used for daytime running lights and run electrically in series in DRL mode but switch back to parallel wiring for nighttime driving. My DRL indicator occasionally blinked and went away. This occurred after about 8 yrs of ownership. At ten years I decided to try Sylvania's Ultra Star(?). Upon removing the original headlights, I discovered each filament must have split and rewelded itself to continue working. I'm guessing at the moment one lamp burned out while in DRL mode (in a series circuit that results in an open circuit) both lights went off and the DRL circuit alerted me to it by blinking the DRL indicator. Unaware of this, I ignored it as both low beams were fine during nighttime driving. I did examine them at one time or another but they were fine whether in DRL mode or night driving. In theory, if DRL lights are wired in series (GM's unique way to use halogen lamps in DRL mode) and one lamp burned out, both lights turn off. In daytime its not a problem and no one would notice anything unusual unless getting out and examining both lights. At night when wiring is switched back to parallel mode, full power is provided to each low beam. A burned out light would be obvious. My low beams continued to work after ten years of ownership.

One would have to remove each lamp, presuming they're used in DRL mode, to examine the filament for evidence of splitting and rewelding itself to prove a hypothetical line of thought.

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Old 11-03-2016, 09:10 PM   #7
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Default Re: Random "Low Beam" Messages

When I get the low beam message, either one of the lights is off. Usually the passenger side. Flicking the switch on and off a few times will put it back on. The ones I had on were Philips 9005PRB2 from amazon. I have returned them, but they are rated at 65w. I put on my old tinted ones that came with the car, called biolight

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Old 11-06-2016, 02:07 PM   #8
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I think I have found the flaw. The astra has loose pin connectors, and a harness without a rubber seal on it. I noticed if you wiggle it will short the connection. What I did for now is roll up some electric tape and stuff it into the pins, and plug the bulb, and wrap tape around it and the bulb. There is too much play in it. The astra doesnt even have a fuse or relay for headlights. The fuse resets when you shut off the car. Doesnt even seem to have a ground wire on the harness.

What I did was order two 9005 ceramic connectors and will likely install it in the future

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