My 2005 Hyundai Accent headlights will not come on. I had recently replaced a bulb so I didn’t feel that both bulbs could be bad all of a sudden. I looked for a blown fuse but could not find a blown fuse and then looked for a headlight relay. Many vehicles have separate low and high beam relays but I could not find a relay on this Accent for the life of me. I played around with my lights and discovered that if I pulled back the light button the brights would come on but they wouldn’t stay on even if I switched them to bright only–that was puzzling. Finally I got my hands on a Haynes Service manual and looked at the schematic of the headlights and was essentially told that there in fact was not a relay in the engine compartment and the turn signal/headlight switch does all the work. I ended up having to take it in to a Hyundai dealership to only discover there was a headlight relay after all. I learned where it is located and now know how to repair this vehicle myself. My pain is your gain, read along so you can repair your Hyundai Accent yourself…
Hyundai Accent Headlights Will Not Come On
- Bulbs are good, fuses are good
- Low beams will not come on at all
- High beams will come on if I pull back the headlight switch but will not come on if I simply turn on the high beams
- Voltage on ALL 3 wires at both headlights when the lights are turned on are 12 volts (i.e. all are high)
Step 1: Check your headlight bulbs
The first thing you should check is your bulbs. It is highly unlikely that both bulbs would burn out simultaneously so if you only have one headlight out you just need to replace the bulb. I had recently replaced one of my headlight bulbs and you can read about how to do that here:
Step 2: Check for a blown fuse or bad relay
If you do not have a headlight bulb out you should check your fuses. There are two fuse boxes on a 1999-2005 Hyundai Accent, one under the hood and one by the left foot of the driver.
Step 2a: Check the engine compartment fuse box.
There is a 50-amp Lamp fuse but there are NO headlight relays in the engine compartment fuse box:
It is easy to “visually” determine if this 50-amp fuse is good or bad because you will see that the plastic will be “clouded” and/or the copper tracing inside will be melted and the top and bottom solder joints will not be connected. I don’t have an example of a burnt out one to show you but you can look closely at the other 50-amp fuses and if this one looks radically different than the others then you likely have a bad fuse. You can see the location of the headlamp fuse below:
Step 2b: Check the cabin fuse box.
There are no headlight fuses in the interior fuse compartment but I’ve shown its location below:
There are no headlight fuses or relays in the interior fuse box:
Step 3: Replace the headlight relay.
Now I looked and looked and could not find a headlight relay on this car. I bought the shop manual at the local parts store and it did not have a relay shown on the headlight circuit. I even replaced the headlight switch. You can read that article here:
But replacing the headlight turn signal multi-switch did not fix it either. Ugh! Finally I took it to a dealer and they shared that a relay wasn’t on their repair manual either! Hyundai, I hope you have grown since 2005 and do not manufacture automobiles like this anymore because hiding relays up under the dash is bad practice! Leaving them undocumented is too!!! But thankfully for me the mechanic was able to find the relay up under the dash and that was the culprit. I didn’t want to move past this repair without understanding how to do it myself so I asked him where it was located and he said under the driver’s side dash. I found it and here is where you should look:
Once you look under the dash look between where the hood latch is and the side of the vehicle:
The part number of that relay is 95225-2D000. Pull it straight down to unplug it. This is what it looks like:
Install the new relay. There’s only one way to insert it–a piece of cake with my help!
It only cost me about $60 for the repair but I had to spend $50 for a rental car in the meantime because I had to leave it all day so they could troubleshoot it. BUT YOU DON’T NEED TO!! Replace this yourself!! You’ve now saved yourself close to $100!