Toyota matrix headlight issue

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Old 01-27-19, 06:36 PM
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Toyota matrix headlight issue

My 2007 Toyota Matrix has a strange headlight issue. The light just turns off, is not blown, and then mysteriously comes back on. Most of the time I have to reinsert the light and then that isnt always the solution. I'm not seeing any other issue and the high beam on the bulb works fine just the low beam does this. Where do I begin my search for a solution?
 
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Old 01-27-19, 07:14 PM
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Most of the time I have to reinsert the light
You're actually taking the bulb out of the car to fix the problem ?
If doing that has any effect on the problem...... change the bulb.
If it's not the bulb then it's a corroded socket.
 
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Old 01-27-19, 07:36 PM
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Just reinserting it doesn't always fix the issue sometimes it takes a bit to come on. Tonight it appear the bulb is blown again. I'm replacing bulbs every few months right now (which I know is probably leading to an issue itself).
 
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Old 01-27-19, 08:40 PM
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Does your vehicle use a headlight "assembly" ?
It's not clear at the parts sites if there is a replaceable bulb or the entire housing.
 
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Old 01-27-19, 10:52 PM
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The physical bulb comes out after you unscrew its base.
 
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Old 01-28-19, 01:51 AM
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I'd also think a corroded socket, if you can't clean it up you'd need to replace it. I suspect the extra current needed for high beams is enough to override the problem.
 
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Old 01-28-19, 07:06 AM
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There are 2 different bulbs 1 for low and the other for high.
 
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