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Old 08-16-2012, 01:04 AM
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Sorry about this being my first post on this site, but the search for its solution has actually turned me on to this site which is really cool!

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I washed my truck (2007 Dodge Ram 1500), as I always do after a trip, and now my drivers side DRL and high beam no longer works (low beam is still operable). I've dried out the connection, changed bulbs, still doesn't work.

I've checked voltage to the connector without the truck running, light switch on and high beams on, and I've got 11.1V going to the plug thru both wires tested to the middle black ground wire.

My curiousity led me to test the passenger side where the DRL and high beams work, 11.9V there. So why is it only 11.1V on the driver's side?

I'm stumped, I'm usually pretty sharp with electrical issues, but this baffles me. What scares me is I've read threads that say "replace your TIPM" which isn't a "do it yourself" thing. But if thats what it is, so be it.

Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Have you checked the individual fuse and relay for the driver's side? There should be independent fuses in the relay center under the hood. R/S High/Low, L/S High/Low. The left side low may have simply blown.

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Now that is weird since you say you have voltage at the actual connector without the truck running. I would test it again with the truck running. I would not think that 11.9 v.s. 11.1 would not be enough to have it not work. Just my 2 cents.
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Thanks for the replies!

I'll double check the voltage with the truck running and post up what I find.

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Ok so with the truck running I have 13.9V running to both passenger and drivers side bulb connectors with high beams on. Thinking I'm a moron, I replaced the bulb with the one that was working from the passenger side.....still no high beam on the drivers side! Soooo I disconnected the battery for 20 min thinking something may just reset itself....no luck, same thing, no drl or high beam on my drivers side.

I'm getting voltage thru the connector.....so I bent the pins down on the bulb to make better contact with the connector.....still nothing. I'm totally stumped now, I guess my next step will be to replace the connector/plug and see if that may help.

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Have you checked the ground? These trucks have ground side switched headlights so they should always have power to the light. 0.8 volts isn't enough to make it not work, but it doesn't sound like you have a power problem. When you turn the high beams on it completes the ground circuit. Check a wiring diagram for where the wires run to and which connectors they are in. Hopefully that gets you started in the right direction.

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Will check that today, thanks for the help!
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One of my good friends, an older mechanic, thought me that with electrical problems first thing people omit is the ground. So, I always check the grounds when the fuse is not the problem. It just makes too much sense.

Then again, I am new to Rams so... Let us know.
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their are 4 drivers used to turn the headlamps on and off 1 driver for each side low beam and 1driver for each high beam. the drivers are part of the fuse pannel. the headlight switches send a siginal to the computer which in turn turn the drivers on or off. get a wireing digram and trace the wires back to the drivers.
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