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Hello there. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Anthony and I am the new owner of a 98 forester. This is my first Subaru- my cheap entry model, but it certainly will not be my last.

Anyway, after a lot of searching I found my car and bought it for what I believe to be a very reasonable price. The dealer bought it at an auction and really didn't do anything with it, so it was pretty much as-is. The engine runs strong, transmission shifts when it should, but the body needed some light work. Now, having purchased the car in the daytime, I forgot to check the headlights... And of course, they do not work!

I don't know anything about car wiring or headlights, so bare with me when I do my best to explain this. I did the standard trouble shooting, the fuses are good and the bulbs are good. The wiring for the lights, (pigtails as my brother referred to them. I am not sure if this is the technical term,) was pretty haggered. Possibly fried. Would replacing these wires fix the issue, or is something else causing them to fry? Do I have to change out the whole assembly?

This is only my second car- so it is a learning experience. Bare with me and thanks in advance for any help you may provide.
 

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I would guess yes, replacing the pigtail's (it is a common term, but informal) should remedy the problem, the 2 main causes are poor pin retention, the clamping force of the spade terminals is low causing resistance causing heat, and or It might have over wattage bulbs

This reply is probably too late, but hope its still helpful
 
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