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post #11 of 59 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 10:43 PM
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Assuming you went back to the same mechanic the first red flag was that he relamped it without checking the connectors (the usual suspects) & the second was that he diagnosed a short circuit after you verified that fuse was ok. The most common repair on the headlight circuit is splicing in a new connector due to corrosion & subsequent overheating/melting.
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Assuming you went back to the same mechanic the first red flag was that he relamped it without checking the connectors (the usual suspects) & the second was that he diagnosed a short circuit after you verified that fuse was ok. The most common repair on the headlight circuit is splicing in a new connector due to corrosion & subsequent overheating/melting.
Okay the first time i brought it in was at a body shop. I gave them the bulb and he put it in. The second time it went out i went to a mechanic. Ill just end up going to an actual auto electric shop and see what they say.

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@97SHOPlus, Iím very sorry to read about the concerns youíve been having with your 2009 Malibu lately. I hope things will go better with the electrical shop so you can get this resolved.

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Re: Very Annoying Headlight bulb problem.

I took it to the Chevy dealership and they put some type of test on the light and said theres nothing wrong with my wiring or anything. They're saying its the bulb again. This is really strange.

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Thank you for sharing the update, 91SHOPlus. Maybe a different dealership for another opinion?

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Except that every time he does that I assume it cost him around $100 dealer diag fee. Without seeing the car I can't begin to speculate on what's going on.
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Except that every time he does that I assume it cost him around $100 dealer diag fee. Without seeing the car I can't begin to speculate on what's going on.
I went ahead and let them change the bulb. When they took the headlight out they said they didnt find anything wrong with it. The first bulb was a bulb i bought from Autozone and wasnt installed by the dealership. This time its a GM bulb and I let the dealer install it. I have a 12 month 12,000 warranty on the bulb so if it goes out again they will install it for free. Hopefully the problem is fixed but if it goes out again there has to be something else wrong.

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Well, good luck! Let's hope that it's taken care of!


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Well, good luck! Let's hope that it's taken care of!
Thank you very much! I hope so too.

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@91SHOPlus, thank you for sharing what steps you took for this. Would you mind if I checked back with you in a couple of weeks? I would like to follow up and see how things are going with the head light.

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