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No high beams

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Curious if anyone had ideas on what could cause this. I recently bought an 08 LE in which everything works except the high beams.

When I pull back or push forward on the headlight control, I see the blue high beam light appear on the instrument panel but the actual bulb doesn't turn on. The low beams and turn signals work fine. I don't have DRL lights as best I can tell. There's no "auto" DRL toggle on the headlight control & the #2,#3,#4 DRL relays in the under hood fuse box are empty (hope that normal?)

No luck after replacing the bulbs and the fuses look ok. I heard the emergency parking brake might affect this, but when I push it on/off, it didn't turn the high beams on.

I've tackled some DIY repair (exhaust, radiator) before but haven't troubleshot anything electrical before. Some tips would be greatly appreciated!
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So these 3 relays were missing? Did the previous owner have any comment? Who would willingly strip out their high beams?


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Glad to hear it had a happy ending, and credit to you for figuring it out. Something like $50 each though. Ouch.
Just a warning... The only time in my life that I lost two headlight bulbs at the same time was when an alternator needed to be replaced. The internal voltage regulator was spiking. In a way, the dead headlights served as an excellent 'heads up' that a problem was brewing before it manifested itself as an overvoltage damaged electronics module or something else expensive.

High beam bulbs can become very vulnerable over time. Their use as DRL at half voltage interferes with the halogen cycle that is supposed to redeposit tungsten back on the filament and maintain it's integrity. Instead that tungsten deposits on the inside of the glass making it dark, and it leaves the filament with thin spots. Those thin spots are then susceptible to damage if the voltage rises higher than it should, and both bulbs blow at once.
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