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#56 of 195 Re: Fit - Low beam failure [divitoda]
Sep 13, 2009 (9:23 am)
Thanks! My mechanic also wasn't able to say for certain what went wrong, but ended up repacing the headlight switch as a best guess. So far, so good -- with any luck we're both all set.
#57 of 195 Re: Fit - Low beam failure [divitoda]
Sep 23, 2009 (5:50 pm)
I am on my 4th headlight switch for my '07 Fit. The original switch was replaced by my dealer in January '09, although they were uncertain that it was the real cause of the problem. Total cost to me $229.57.
The second switch was replaced three months later, with a similar amount of uncertainty. That one must have been of higher quality because it lasted five whole months. The dealer agreed to consider it under warranty, so there was no charge to me.
#58 of 195 Re: Fit - Low beam failure [orlandoken]
Sep 24, 2009 (5:12 am)
Damn, that's lame. It's a dangerous situation. At least your dealer was willing to replace the part (for the third or fourth time) at no charge. For me, so far, so good, but it's only been a couple weeks since my switch was replaced. I didn't do it at the local Honda dealer, their prices are way to high. My mechanic bought the switch from Honda for $45, then charged me another $20 to install it. Honda should consider a recall or they may be looking at litigation one day soon.
#59 of 195 07 Fit Fits
Dec 11, 2009 (10:45 am)
My Air Force Daughters 07 Honda Fit is having intermittent problems with radio volume and overhead light not working. Known problems?
#60 of 195 Re: Fit - Low beam failure [jribakove]
Dec 14, 2009 (6:34 am)
I finally tracked down the cause of my low beams failing, and it's not the headlight switch. Here's the deal, and also the reason why changing the switch works for a while, but not for good. The culprit is a bit of corroded wire leading into the plug that goes into the headlight switch. When you pull out the plug to change the switch, that bit of wire gets jiggled and electricity passes thru it again, until the corrosion comes back.
Here's the lousy part. The bad wire, at least on my 07 Fit, is the piece that goes right into the plug. My mechanic was able to scrape away the corrosion but says the plug and a few inches of wire leading to it, should be replaced or the problem will eventually return. But the mechanic, who is independent, tells me that Honda won't sell the plug/wires except as part of the entire Instrument Cluster Harness, which costs about $800 and connects to every gauge behind the dashboard as well as all the lights. It will take hours to replace the whole thing . . . big labor costs.
One possibility is to buy the Instrument Cluster Harness and just cut off the plug/wires that are needed, and splice them onto the existing harness, which seems to be fine except for that one bit of wire leading to the headlight switch.
Currently I'm searching salvage yards for the harness to try and avoid paying Honda $800 for a new one. No luck so far, but my headlights are still working so I'll keep trying until they give out again.
Hope this has been helpful!
#61 of 195 Re: 07 Fit Fits [flman]
Dec 14, 2009 (3:37 pm)
Update to My Air Force Daughters 07 Honda Fit:
She has noticed that prior to starting her car she must make sure the A/C level buttons are OFF! If A/C 1,2 or 3 are on when the car is started then the radio volume will not work. Anybody know what is going on?????
#62 of 195 Re: Fit - Low beam failure [jribakove]
Jan 25, 2010 (6:06 pm)
are you able to offer advice as to how we can fix the switch/corrosion without going to a dealer?
any tips would be much appreciated!
#63 of 195 Re: Fit - Low beam failure [iancann]
Jan 25, 2010 (6:21 pm)
A private mechanic who is skilled at solving electrical problems should be able to find the source of the trouble by tracing the wire that leads to the headlight switch from the instrument cluster harness. My problem was a corroded wire in that area. It seems that the wire was not properly insulated by Honda. My mechanic found the corrosion and cleaned the wire well, and I have not had a problem for several months, hopefully for good. Honda will also sell the instrument cluster harness, but it costs about $800 and would take several hours to replace. Seems like a lot of trouble for just a bit of bad wire. Good luck!
#64 of 195 Re: Fit - Low beam failure [jribakove]
Jan 25, 2010 (6:32 pm)
hmmm, i see... so it's not something I can tinker with myself then? shame!
thanks for the info though. i was so confused as to how the full beams were working and the others weren't. at least the mystery has been solved.
#65 of 195 Re: Fit - Low beam failure [jribakove]
Apr 08, 2010 (4:03 am)
This happen to my Honda Fit Sport on 4/5/10 and I took it to my Local Repair Shop (Not the dealer). And he found the problem was an Open Low Beam Ground Wire 2 the Switch due to connector resistance. He had to remove & replace the HEADLAMP SWITCH $67.96 Then Perform Shunt inorder to Repair the Low Beam Headlamps $84.95
Perfomed Wiring Repair due to Overloaded Circuit at the Switch. My whole total was $174.25