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Unread 10-29-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default Wiring headlights in a 97 Ford Explorer

I've got a 97 Ford Explorer. Recently the low beams stopped working but the high beams still work fine. I took it in and my mechanic checked the switches and relays and determined that there is a problem with the wire/s somewhere. Now I'm going to have to bring it back so he can pull the fuse box and fix or replace the wire/s.

My question comes from the fact that I know very little about wiring, but I also don't like spending money. As a cheap fix, can I simply cut the wires to the high beams and run them into the low beams. I know I would lose the option for high beams, but being in the city it's not a big deal. Just wondering if this would cause any issues, or if the high beam wires would power the low beams with no problem? Thanks for any feedback/suggestions.

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Unread 10-29-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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Electricity's nature is that it does not draw any more than it needs to. If it does need more than what you are giving it, it really needs more or it's defective.

With that said, I see no problem, in theory. I'm hoping some of the more knowledgeable members sound off soon.
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Yes, you absolutely can cut the high beam's +12V wire (The power wire), and run that into the low beam's +12V wire. I have done so before when I had a similar issue while driving home from work late at night.

Both the low and high beam's wires are likely the same gauge and designed to carry almost the same amount of power (55 and 65 watts, respectively). This should not cause any safety issues due to the wiring itself as long as care is taken to keep the connections insulated with heatshrink and away from heat sources.

If you do decide to modify the wiring, be sure to cut both the high and low beam wires completely, and either remove or seal the low beam's old problematic power wire.

Now this is a tricky situation as it's typically unlawful to have a road going vehicle with anything to do with the head light system modified, especially removing half of it's functionality. As long as you are careful and take the necessary precautions while doing the wiring, you should be fine.
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Thanks lego and SD. I appreciate the assurance that this isn't a hairbrained idea. Will probably just be a temp fix until I get the money to make the proper repair. I appreciate it.

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