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    i noticed the other week in the fog that my LEFT front foglight didnt turn on, i walked round and gave it a tap on the lens and it came on, and yesterday i noticed when i hit a bump my RIGHT headlight went out, so again i gave it a tap and it came back on! ive checked all the wires are secure and im wondering if it could be a bulb problem or a bad wire or maybe, so ive heard putting a little vaseline on the terminals can give it a bit better conductiveness.
    if it was both one side id probably assume it was a bad wire to one side, but it keeps changing, i know a fair bit about cars but not car electrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by col328i View Post
    i noticed the other week in the fog that my LEFT front foglight didnt turn on, i walked round and gave it a tap on the lens and it came on, and yesterday i noticed when i hit a bump my RIGHT headlight went out, so again i gave it a tap and it came back on! ive checked all the wires are secure and im wondering if it could be a bulb problem or a bad wire or maybe, so ive heard putting a little vaseline on the terminals can give it a bit better conductiveness.
    if it was both one side id probably assume it was a bad wire to one side, but it keeps changing, i know a fair bit about cars but not car electrics.
    any help greatfully appreciated.
    thanks.
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    have you had a look at the bulbs might need new ones or the connections might just need a clean
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by diponio1 View Post
    have you had a look at the bulbs might need new ones or the connections might just need a clean
    yeah ive got something REALLY important to do tommorow, but im gonna check that in the afternoon, i would do it now but its bloody dark out, lol
    hopefully its just clean the connections or new bulbs, i dont fancy a bill for re-wiring the lights!
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    You won't have to rewire the lights - Just sounds like a bad earth, or bad connector on the headlight.... Just clean up the connections, it'll fix it.
     
     

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    My headlight used to do this, it was the bulb.
     
     

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