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Headlight woes

I recently purchased a 2013 Maxima with 37,000 miles on it. No accidents and service records. I am having trouble with the headlights.
The high beams, Halogen type work just fine. The low beams work poorly if at all. The right is on but fairly dim and yellow, the left is barely on or frequently not on at all.
This is a US car, sold in Florida. The dealer wants to replace the headlights at an exorbitant cost.
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Get a second opinion first.

I suppose if the ground rings on the LB sockets are badly corroded, replacement is an option, but I'd go aftermarket...check CARiD.com for some aftermarket options.

More likely it's some kind of wiring/ground problem....like somebody put a HID kit in without a relay and burnt the LB wiring. I'd have a good close look at the bulbs too. If you have fogs, you can swap those if you want to just try a different bulb. Look for corrosion, deformation, discolouration of the plastic wiring. Any of these or signs of splicing may mean you should replace at least part of the harness to ensure full power is getting to the bulbs.

It could also be a bad headlight relay.

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I also thought of the headlight relay. Do the low beam relays have a common history of failure?

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I also thought of the headlight relay. Do the low beam relays have a common history of failure?

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It's a wear part...not surprising if it goes, though early in this case if true. You can just jumper across the power/load socket connectors to do a quick test.

Have a look on page PG-60 for help in deciphering.

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From what I can see it should be a blue relay, SPST, NO, It will be replaced tomorrow.
Thank you for your advice and the wiring information.
I will let you know how successful I am.

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