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98 VFR Headlights Not Working

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 Recently replaced both my headlamps with halogens and they worked great for about 2-3 weeks but on the last ride of the year I went out to turn the bike on and they wouldn't come on. Does anyone know why that may be happening? I checked the fuse under the seat and it was fine. 

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Could be the starter switch. Seriously. Happened to me once it just needed a good cleaning.

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Is it both high and low beam?  

Most headlight bulbs are now manufactured in China, even name brands like Sylvania - and IMHO they are crap.  I've had them burn out after 3 months.  The Japan made OEM bulbs in my Camry finally failed at 190,000 miles and I  drive with them on 24/7.  After several disappointing  tries with both Phillips and Sylvania,  I found Japan sourced OEM bulbs on Amazon and have had no troubles since.  If the bulbs have failed this may be an instance where paying up for Honda OEM might be worth it.   YMMV

 

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Agree with MBrane. Starter switch is a common one, also had the same issue. The Starter Switch apart from energising the Starter Relay (when pressed), it also powers the Headlight Relays when NOT pressed (both Hi and Lo Beams).

Sometimes dirt/crud stops the switch from fully returning back to normal to re-energise your headlights. A good spray of WD-40 into the switch with ignition off, then give it a good workout - solved my problem.

Also agree with Cogswell, but check your switch out first for both mechanical and electrical operation.

Cheers.:beer:

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Is it both high and low beam?  
Most headlight bulbs are now manufactured in China, even name brands like Sylvania - and IMHO they are crap.  I've had them burn out after 3 months.  The Japan made OEM bulbs in my Camry finally failed at 190,000 miles and I  drive with them on 24/7.  After several disappointing  tries with both Phillips and Sylvania,  I found Japan sourced OEM bulbs on Amazon and have had no troubles since.  If the bulbs have failed this may be an instance where paying up for Honda OEM might be worth it.   YMMV
 
Yes- both high and low beam.

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Agree with MBrane. Starter switch is a common one, also had the same issue. The Starter Switch apart from energising the Starter Relay (when pressed), it also powers the Headlight Relays when NOT pressed (both Hi and Lo Beams).
Sometimes dirt/crud stops the switch from fully returning back to normal to re-energise your headlights. A good spray of WD-40 into the switch with ignition off, then give it a good workout - solved my problem.
Also agree with Cogswell, but check your switch out first for both mechanical and electrical operation.
Cheers.
Thanks for the suggestions-I will try that. I wondered if there was a relay somewhere I didn't know about.

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5 hours ago, interceptor69 said:

Yes- both high and low beam.

Now it's really looking like a stuck or faulty Starter Switch or its wiring. Good Luck, keep us posted.

Cheers.:beer:

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