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Headlights and turn signals stopped working

Fuses are ok, emergency brake light stays on?

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  • patrick_conn Nov 13, 2008

    Headlight switch(dial) is on the column



    No highbeams



    hazards and all else seems to be working properly

  • patrick_conn Nov 13, 2008

    Headlight switch is on dash(dial)

    no highbeams

    but hazards and all else works properly

  • patrick_conn Nov 13, 2008

    sorry j_del, long day it is on the dash

  • patrick_conn Nov 13, 2008

    sorry j_del, long day it is on the dash

  • patrick_conn Nov 13, 2008

    yes it worked when I pull back the stalk highbeams come on

  • chixxy21 Mar 06, 2009

    I have a very similar problem with my 01 Passat. The turn signals are not working, however the hazards are working. Could this be the relay?



    The high beam on the right side is not working, and today the daytime running light went out too on the right side. The brake lights on the right side were blown, I replaced and its working fine when you hit the breaks, but not on normally (running w/lights on).



    The brights work when you press the turn signal switch as well.



    I am at a loss and would like to correct this problem on my own.. Oh, and the fuses are all good...

    Any advice???

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First off, do you have a knob on the dash for the headlights, or do you have a lever on the column that turns them on? If you have the lever on the column, and you can turn on the highbeams by pulling back on the turn signal stalk, and hitting the hazard button turns the flashers on, then chances are the stalk is bad (it's called the combination switch and it's a common failure on the B5 chassis cars (the Passat and Audi A4)).

Try that out - hit the hazard button and see if the hazards work. Pull back on the stalk and see if the high beams come on (they should - toggling like that uses a circuit that is separate from the usual headlight circuits).

Post back up with the results of these checks:

Headlight switch on column or dash?
Highbeams turn on when turn signal stalk is pulled back?
Hazard button activates hazard lights?

Let me know what you find out and I'll be able to tell you more definitely.

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