Low Beams Not Working Due to Poor Connection at Combination Switch on Honda Pilot

Problem Description and Possible Solution

An overheated wire in the head light harness can cause the low beams not to work. Replacing combination light/turn signal switch switch, the wire for the low beams, and the combination switch connector (if damaged) should repair this issue.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 131,917 (22,000–260,000)
7 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2012
65 people reported this problem
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high beams work, low beams do not. No solution yet.
Right low beam will not work but both high beams work .
Both low beams went out simutaneously on my Pilot. Replacement bulbs didn't help and fuse is just fine. Ninety dollars later Honda service reports the headlight harness is burnt. To replace the whole harness will cost $988, or a used one for $442, or I could get one myself from the bone-yard and have them install it for $137. According to the internet this has been an ongoing problem with Honda...Time for me to switch from Honda's to something else!
both low beams went out at the same time
had smoke from steering column, removed cover and found burning wire to light switch connector, low beams went out but high beams work, gonna research this
Passenger side headlight stopped working because the connector/socket had melted. Have not fixed yet but apparently this issue has been recalled on 2003 Honda Pilots, but not on 2005, despite the numerous occurrences & complaints. Honda needs to include the 2005 Honda Pilots in the recall as well. I am filing a complaint with the NHTSA.
high beams only. low beams went out simaltaneously
no low beams or fog lights. high beams work. checked all fuses and relays they are all okay. will replace the dimmer switch on the steering colum tomorrow.
Low beam bulbs burning out. Still trying to find fix.
While driving early morning hours on interstate with low beam headlights on for @2hours I detected smoke coming through steering column. After identifying that only system in use on steering column was headlights I switched them off and smoke subsided. I never confirmed whether lights were still on. It was sunrise so I couldn't tell at time of incident. I immediately cancelled trip and headed back to home town Honda dealer. I described problem and they checked and confirmed that the headlight dimmer switch shorted out and started melting wiring harness. Issue is being corrected but will cost @ $600 without main wiring harness replacement. Technician stated he can repair main wiring harness without replacing it. I am concerned with safety and reliability of car in future. I had planned to let my 16 yr old daughter drive for school vehicle but now will trade off.
Both left and right low beams quit working at the same time. I have not troubleshot the problem to a resolution as of this time.
All lights are working now, but I've replaced the low beam 8-10 times since I bought it used in 2008. I always keep a spare in the glove box. no one could find the trouble.
headlight stopped working, replaced bulb and it worked for 1day and went out again. switched bulbs to see if that was the problem and found out that the bulb was still good but the passenger low beam doesn't work...not happy about this as I just had it at the dealer for a servicing and 1K later this happens.
both high beams are out. replaced bulbs and they are ok. replaced relay. now changing out the dimmer switch... although I doubt that's going to work as the other lights surrounding the low beams come on. :[
It's an Acura MDX but same problem. Low beams don't work, high and running lights fine and work on auto
Low beams ceased to function. High beams work. fuses fine. Clicking sound in the column. Went to remove the lights and it came on. First the right then the left so I put them both back in. 3 hours later the left was out again and I half pulled it out and it came back on so I put it back in again. This car, after years of excellent service is no longer safe to drive (at night) perhaps I can sell it to someone with a restricted liscense. Not happy
Right low beam headlight inoperative.
Replaced combination switch, no change.
Probably a chaffed or corroded wire in the harness.
I just replaced the low beem light and it worked for a second, then went out
Connector for passenger side low beam makes intermittent contact. Body of connector appears melted, slightly charred.
Cleaned connector contacts, applied dielectric grease, installed new bulb. Problem returned in about a week.
Wiggling wires seems to cause failure more easily than wiggling connector body.
Current theory is inadequate crimp, corrosion or other damage to connection between wire and contact in connector. Higher resistance leads to heating and melting of housing. Found replacement connector w/ pig tail on internet ~$5. Other reports here sound much more difficult to fix --hope it's really this simple....
low beams quit working last night