Headlights Not Working On 2002 Honda Civic

Posted in Headlight Bulbs | Asked on Nov 27, 2010

I had planned on going out Saturday night to a party. However, when I go into my car and tried to turn my lights on, only my corner lights would come on, no matter what I did. I tried turning the switch to headlights and pushing it forward to turn on the brights, but that didn’t work either and the light in the dash signifying the brights are on didn’t come on either.

The next morning I tried again and the lights came on this time. However I was getting in my car to go to work early this morning and they wouldn’t come on AGAIN. So I waited until there was enough light outside to drive safely and had to make a stop to get gas. When I cranked my car this time, the lights came on no problem.

So is it a fuse that I need to replace or do you think my switch may be going bad?

There are 5 Answers for "Headlights Not Working On 2002 Honda Civic"

  1. Dick Faber says:

    Start simple, and go hard.
    start at fuse, then wiring toheadlights, the bulbs, then switch. then relay, then wiring loom.
    first ones are cheap and easy, then they get harder/more expensive

  2. Bobweb says:

    I would guess the headlight switch or relay is intermittent. Try exercising the headlight switch when it happens. However, the headlight switch may activate an electrical relay that could also be going bad and have intermittent operation, so you need a wiring diagram showing the headlight switch and what it controls.

    You have a headlight related recall on your vehicle, so bring it into Honda, and your current problem may be solved:

    http://www.edmunds.com/maintenance/recalltsb.do?step=tsb&year=2002&make=Honda&model=Civic&style=DX+4dr+Sedan+%281.7L+4cyl+5M%29&zip=57449&synpartner=edmunds#64 ^(http://www.carparts21.com/goto/http://www.edmunds.com/maintenance/recalltsb.do?step=tsb&year=2002&make=Honda&model=Civic&style=DX+4dr+Sedan+%281.7L+4cyl+5M%29&zip=57449&synpartner=edmunds#64)

    Nature of Defect:
    2. EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
    Recall Number: 04V086000
    Dates Manufactured: N/A to N/A
    Number of Vehicles Affected: 440000
    Date Owners Notified On: N/A
    Vehicle: 2002 Honda Civic

    Defect Description:
    ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE LOW-BEAM TERMINAL ON THE HEAD LIGHT WIRE HARNESS CAN OVERHEAT AND COULD CAUSE THE LOW BEAMS TO FAIL WITHOUT WARNING.

    Consequence of Defect:
    AN UNEXPECTED LOSS OF LOW BEAMS COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

    Corrective Action:
    DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE HEAD LIGHT SWITCH AND COUPLER FOR SIGNS OF HEAT DAMAGE. IF HEAT DAMAGE IS PRESENT, THE DEALER WILL REPLACE THE SWITCH AND COUPLER. IF NO HEAT DAMAGE IS PRESENT, THE DEALER WILL REPLACE THE HEAD LIGHT SWITCH AND ONE MATING PIN IN THE COUPLER. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON APRIL 5, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.

  3. Xostephndjox03 says:

    Yeah def try the fuse..my dad fixes cars all the time and the first thing he checks with things like this is the fuse!..The fuse can trigger anything if its bad!

  4. Mrmeaux69 says:

    Sounds like the switch. if it was a fuse, they wouldn’t work at all. it could be a loose wire, but more than likely it is the switch

  5. Burn says:

    On the Honda the headlamps are fused separately, LH high, RH high, LH low and RH low. Therefore it would not be a fuse problem.
    It is probably a switch fault, or loss of feed to the switch.
    Either way it will need testing. It would be too expensive to buy and replace the switch to see if it solved the problem.

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