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I’ve owned multiple Range Rover models over the years, and let’s just say, I’ve experienced my fair share of “quirks” that come along with owning one.
I mean, who doesn’t love when their luxury SUV experiences electrical issues and won’t start? So when I was asked to write an article about the Range Rover headlight not coming on all the time, I wasn’t surprised.
But hey, at least this one is an easy fix.
What models are affected?
- Land Rover Defender
- Range Rover Discovery
- Range Rover Evoque
- Range Rover Sport
- Range Rover Velar
- Range Rover Vogue
Signs and symptoms
When your Range Rover headlight won’t come on all the time, you may notice:
- One or both headlights not turning on
- Dim lights compared to the other headlight
- The headlight flickering or turning off intermittently
List of possible OBD codes
If you run a scan with an OBD (on-board diagnostics) scanner, you may receive one of the following codes:
- B2585- Headlamp Relay Coil Circuit Short to Ground
- B2584- Headlamp Relay Coil Circuit Short to Battery
- B2575- Lamp Low Beam Right Circuit Short to Ground
- B2574- Lamp Low Beam Right Circuit Short to Battery
- B2535- Headlamp Switch Input Circuit
The most common causes of Range Rover headlight issues are:
- Faulty Headlight Bulb: Over time, the headlight bulb can burn out and need replacing.
- Blown Fuse: A blown headlight fuse will prevent the headlight from turning on.
- Corrosion in Electrical Contacts: Corrosion can form on the electrical contacts, preventing a proper connection for the headlight to turn on.
- Faulty Headlight Switch: The headlight switch can fail, preventing the headlight from turning on.
Can it be fixed without a mechanic?
Yes, the headlight issue can be fixed without a mechanic if it’s a simple fix like replacing a headlight bulb or blown fuse.
More complicated issues like a faulty headlight switch may require a mechanic.
Parts you’ll need to fix it
Here are the parts you may need to fix the headlight issue:
- Headlight Bulb: If the headlight bulb is blown, you’ll need to replace it.
- Fuse: If the headlight fuse is blown, you’ll need to replace it.
- Headlight Switch: If the headlight switch is faulty, you’ll need to replace it.
Tools you’ll need to fix it
Here are the tools you may need to fix the headlight issue:
- Screwdriver: You may need a screwdriver to remove the headlight assembly.
- Fuse Puller: You’ll need a fuse puller to remove a blown fuse.
How to fix it
- Identify the Problem: Check the headlight bulb, fuse, electrical connections, and headlight switch to determine where the issue lies.
- Replace the Headlight Bulb: If the headlight bulb is blown, replace it with a new one.
- Replace the Fuse: If the fuse is blown, locate the headlight fuse, remove it using a fuse puller, and replace it with a new one.
- Clean Corroded Electrical Contacts: If you notice corrosion on the electrical contacts, clean them with an electrical contact cleaner and a clean cloth.
- Replace the Headlight Switch: If the headlight switch is the issue, you’ll need to remove the switch and replace it with a new one.
Potential alternative causes
Other potential causes of a Range Rover headlight issue include:
- Faulty Ground Wire
- Chewed Wires by Squirrels or other Critters
- Issues with the Alternator
- Issues with the Battery
How do I know if my headlight bulb is blown?
You can usually tell if your headlight bulb is blown by inspecting the headlight. If the filament is broken or discolored, it needs to be replaced.
Can I replace a headlight bulb myself?
Yes, headlight bulb replacement is usually straightforward and can be done yourself if you have the proper tools and replacement bulb.
Do I need to replace both headlights at the same time?
While it’s not always necessary to replace both headlights at the same time, it’s recommended to ensure even lighting.
Can a bad battery or alternator cause headlight issues?
Yes, a bad battery or alternator can cause headlight issues. Make sure to have your battery and alternator checked if you suspect they may be the issue.
Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023