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Low beam on driver side stop working

Discussion in 'Performance Lighting' started by The_Limited, December 6, 2004.

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    1. The_Limited

      The_Limited New Member

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      :fire: 97 X Limited with driving lights - everything else works but the low beam on the drivers side (Driving lights on both sides, brights on both sides and lowbeam on passenger side.) I traced the wire back to the fuse box in the door/dash and there is no power to the 20 amp fuse there. What's my next step - HELP!
       
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      Have you checked all other fuses? I had a similar problem and it was fuse 33 I do believe.
       
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      I thought I covered all of the fuses but I may have missed something - I'll check. Thanks.
       
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      usually having high but no low on the bulb is just a bulb with a burned out low beam filament
       
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      Turn your fog lights on. Doe they work? If not, then you have a burnt Lamp Out Module.
       
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      Oh oops. I guess I missed that. I feel stupid now.:eek:

      Like others said, check the fuses and if all are fine, then there's probably a problem with the LOM.
       
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      Did you get it fixed? My '96 is doing the same exact thing!

      Jimmy
       
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      same here with my 95 limited 'cept the passenger side
       
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      For the others that have problems with just one light, check the fuses carefully, second gens have a sperate fuse for each side I believe.
       
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      check all the fuses and they were fine. any other ideas on what might be causing this to happen.
       
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      I think 96explorereddibauer has the right idea, LOM. It's something you all have in common.
      Anyone tried that yet?
       
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      talked to 6 different people at my local ford dealership and not a one even know what the hell a LOM module is. I even explained the problem (over the phone) and all the infomation i had, including what i got off this forum. But they still didnt know what i was talking about. They asked i f i had replaced my headlights with the super/hyper white ones. They said that those draw more power therefore burns out the harness. Well i have replaced them with the white ones but the problem began before that, when i still had my regular headlights in there. I'm just gonna take up the trip computer and have a look see for myself.
       
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      I don't doubt that anyone would know about it. It's so rare. First, make sure your light bulb is fine. High beam mode works doesn't mean that your bulb is fine because it's a dual filament bulb. If that bulb is fine, then go after the LOM. The LOM is located right at the bottom of the message center. To take out the message center, yank it out carefully. Then turn it over and you should see the LOM on the right side of the message center. Open it up and you may see a broken solder. All you have to do is to solder it back together. Good luck!
       
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      'preciate all the info and help. I'll have to do that friday when i'm off.
       
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      What is the actual name for the "LOM" and where is this "message center"? I will call the dealership tomorrow and see if they can do the repair. This is really annoying, how it can just come and go like it is! I am totally new to these trucks, I just got my explorer a week ago, and am attempting to fix all these "bugs"

      Thanks,

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      Anyone out there? I need to get this fixed before next weekend, as I will be driving along way in the dark!
       
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      Takecover, if you dont have a message center in your center console and you do have storage pockets in the console you do not have a LOM.
      If your low beam is out intermitantly I would check the bulb socket and the circut and replace the fuse even if it looks good. I assume you have changed the bulbs so you know they are good. Is it just one light or both. If both its probably the multi-function (turn signal) switch gone bad.
       
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      I do have the message center display. The bulb sockets look great, I have checked them as well as all the fuses. When my passenger headlight goes out, I loose my drivings lights. A day or so later, they will all be working again! Another wierd deal is the back lighting for the "Econony, Range", etc. buttons is only half lit up when all the lights work. Sometimes when my passenger headlight is out, all the buttons are illuminated. Thanks for your input.

      Jimmy
       
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      Tonedeaf, did you have any luck yet?
       
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      havent had time to look.

      if i aint at work at wally world then its GoodYear. Tommorrow though i will be free from both places so i will check then.
       
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      My driver side headlight goes out often. I found that one of the pins in the connector works itself out enough that it doesn't make contact. So I jiggle the wires on the back of the connector (at the headlight) until I find the one that makes the light come back on then push as hard as I can on the wire to push the pin back up into the connector.
       
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      I have had a similar problem and it turned out that my light socket was melted and it got melted plastic on the pin of the bulb so after i changed the socket it still didnt work so i checked the metal prong/pin in the bulb and saw it was scortched and had melted plastic on it. changed the bulb and it worked fine till the next time it melted. can anyone explain why they keep melting right now i only have eurodezigns 45/65? i think nothing with such a high power that it should have melted again. the bulbs are 6000k if that makes any difference,

      sorry for the thread jack
       
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      It's the LOM

      I have a 1997 Explorer EB and was having the same issue... High beams worked, passenger low beam worked, fog lamps worked, but driver side low beam didn't work. Checked the fuses, replaced the bulbs and still no driver side low beam.. Thank you to the person that suggested the problem was the Lamp Out Module.

      First let me explain I'm a CPA and I don't know much (if anything) about repairing cars but just in case anyone else has this problem and wants to try to fix it on there own here are my two cents...

      As someone else indicated the LOM in the 1997 Explorer EB is located in the center consol. The center consol isn't screwed in so you just need to pull on it to get it to pop out. I would recommend unhooking the computer (the one that shows your oil life and average speed...) to get it out of the way. You just have to pull out the three seperate connections. Once the computer is out of the way you will see the LOM screwed in with two screws on the right side of the bottom half of the center consol. Its black and there are a bunch of wires hooked into it.

      Unscrew the two screws and you can pull it out. You will know it is the LOM because on the back there will be a sticker on it that says its the Lamps off Module. The wire connecter does come off if you pull hard enough and push in the little plastic thing in the middle... I had to pull fairly hard to get this thing off.

      If you get this far then what your left with is a black case that has three hooks... take a screwdriver and pull the hooks apart to reveal the electronic component inside....

      Now as I mentioned I'm a CPA and I know even less about electronics than cars, but if you flip that component over (the side without the transistors) you might notice that one of the connections (very small) doesn't appear to be soldered as well as all of the others. You will find it towards one of the corners.

      I drove down to Radio Shack and slapped down a cool ten bucks for a soldering iron and let it heat up and just put the smallest amount of solder on that connection... It was easy, even for me...

      Hooked and screwed everything back together and what do you know... LOW BEAM WORKS....

      Good Luck
       
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      Great info for all, Bubbaboy. I just put this in the FAQs for easy reference.
      Thanks.....
       

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