Why Do My Honda Civic Headlights Take A Long Time To Turn On

Posted in Ignition Systems | Asked on Aug 7, 2010

When i go out to my car and start it, I turn the headlights on and it takes about 10 seconds for the light to turn on. It only happens every once in awhile or when its really really cold out. The longest delay I have ever seen on it was when it was -35 degrees F outside so it seems its related to temperature. What would cause the lights to delay before turning on? Is there a relay or something? Where can I check?
1999 honda civic lx

There are 4 Answers for "Why Do My Honda Civic Headlights Take A Long Time To Turn On"

  1. nicajm65 says:

    I have never heard of anything like that. I guess the Japanese electricity doesn’t like cold weather, as it rarely gets below 40 degrees in Japan. Oh, and they Bombed Pearl harbor and killed many Americans.

  2. Steven S says:

    i have seen this onece b4 u it was the headlight switch makin bad contact, i replaced the switch and all is fine

  3. Eric says:

    You failed to mention the year and mileage but I’ll guess it’s no spring chicken.

    Typically what does get effected by the cold weather is the contact that rotates on the end of your left colom arm which is what sends power to the headlights more or less.

    You may wish to have that arm changed.
    You may need the part on the left is this image.

    http://z.about.com/d/autorepair/1/0/o/9/83294325.gif ^(http://www.carparts21.com/goto/http://z.about.com/d/autorepair/1/0/o/9/83294325.gif)

  4. J.P. says:

    I agree that is is most likely a faulty switch. Fairly common on civics to replace the switch. You could check to see if the high beams come on normally, it so the switch is probably bad. I am almost positive there is no relay for the headlights on this vehicle.