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How do i fix a faulty ignition swicth on a '97 cabrio?

Low beam head lights will not turn on, only the high beams but only if i manually hold the high beam bar towards me at all times. the car, a '97 volkswagon cabrio, thinks the emergency brake is always engaged so i nev er have daytime running lights or low beams at night. also the blowers for the heat and the rear defrost will only work if i have the high beams on and the ABS light is off. how do i fix the faulty/cross wiring in the car?

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The wiring should not be crossed unless it was in a bad accident that pinched wires or a repair was done to it by someone who did not know what they were doing.
You seem to have several issues, if you are mechanically inclined, I would recommend that you begin by replacing both, ignition switch and the turn signal switch, which also activates your high / low beam. Then proceed diagnosing the park brake problem and finally your ABS issue.

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SOURCE: high beam/fog light not working

hi have you had the steering wheel off if you have may well of distrurbed the switch housing and needs readjusting to give you the extra space for the pull switch to lock in to the contacts if not most cars are wired so the the fog lights work with a certain position on the light switching circuit example side lights need to be on main beam needs to be selected so i would fix the problem with your light switch first and see if the fog lights work after it may be seperate problems but might not as i said if you have not had the steering wheel off and you have to hold the switch up to get it to work then the switch is faulty yates210456

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SOURCE: I have a 2002 VW Cabrio, won't work the heat/AC,

i wouldnt right home about this but i am wondering if the mice have been having a nibble ,,i would pull the dash out and have a look its not difficult on this model

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Hi my name is Larry I have a 1998 Pontiac sunfire & my problem that I have is I have low beam. But no high beam.


It's probably the switch , but testing to know for sure is alwasy a good idea .

Headlamps Inoperative - High Beams
Step
Action
Value(s)
Yes
No
1
Did you perform the Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) System Check?
--
YES - Go to Step 2
NO - Go to Daytime Running Lights (DRL) System Check
2
Disconnect the turn/hazard headlamp switch connector C1.
Connect a fused jumper between terminal B of the turn/hazard headlamp switch assembly harness connector C1 and ground.
Do the high beam headlamps operate?
--
YES - Go to Step 3
NO - Go to Step 4
3
Replace the turn/hazard headlamp switch assembly.
Did you complete the repair?
--
Go to Daytime Running Lights (DRL) System Check
--
4
Repair the open in CKT 1200 between the turn/hazard headlamp switch assembly. Refer to Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you complete the repair?

Daytime Running Lights (DRL) System Check
Step
Action
Normal Result(s)
Abnormal Result(s)*
1
Turn the headlamp switch to the HEAD position.
Turn the headlamp dimmer switch to the LOW position.
The low beam headlamps are ON.
The high beam headlamps are OFF.
Headlamps Inoperative - Low Beams
2
Turn the headlamp switch to the HIGH position.
The high beam headlamps are ON.
The high beam indicator is ON.
The low beam headlamps are OFF.
Headlamps Inoperative - High Beams
3
Turn the headlamp switch OFF.
Turn the ignition to ON.
Disengage the parking brake.
The high beam headlamps come ON at a reduced intensity in approximately 30 seconds.
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) Inoperative, Headlamp Switch Operates Normally
* Refer to the appropriate symptom diagnostic table for the applicable abnormal result.

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My 2002 intrepid head lights are not working high beams do work tho and all other lights what could be wrong?


You may need a shop manual to fix this.
The headlight switch circuit involves high beam and low beam relays, and a fuse for each circuit, and the body computer controls it all.
You would need to know if the low beam fuses have power and the low beam relay is working.

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My head lights only go to high beam both positions give me hi beam no low beam


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Sounds like the low/high beam relay switch is not functioning properly. The relay should turn both high and low beams off when the ignition is turned off.

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My low beams keep shutting on and off but high beams are fine


this could be solved by taking the bulb out of its holder and cleaning the contact of the bulb and holder.
turn the ignition on after this with the bulbs in the holder and plugged in but not in the headlight kitself.Turn the lights on and see if the work if still the same try moving the bulb while on in its older and see if its just loose. if so holding it one way it will work. wedge something something to hold it in place or buy a used bulb holder.
Check the fuses at the same time and the wire plug that powers the bulb. check and clean the contacts of these also
Let me know how it goes and ill help again if it persists.
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2005 impala lowbeams do not work at all. high beams, turn signals, and taillights are fine. i cut the negative and grounded it on the car and now the headlights are on but will not shut off unless i take...


ok put the ground back were you cut it and remove bezel near head light switch test powers in and out with 12 volt test light on low beam and high beam you may just have a bad head light switch make sure you have headlight power coming out of the swicth for low beams.

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