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Headlights won't turn off, ever.

This is the second time I have had problems with the headlights on my 98 Corolla. The first time, they did exactly the opposite of what they were suppose to do, they would come on during the day and turn off when it got dark. I took it to the dealer and it ended up being a ground attached to the DRL. However the dealer did not completely fix the problem. After close to $400 the lights would work at night but if I did not manually turn them on before the sensor did they would flicker and make a clicking noise. I could live with this because all I had to do was turn them on and the flickering would stop. Now however the headlights don't turn off at all. Not even when the car is turned off and the key is out of the ignition. I don't understand, the lights no longer flicker but I can't figure out a way to get them to turn off. I have been unplugging the battery to keep my car from dying but I fear this will cause bigger problems. Please HELP!

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Sounds like a bad headlight switch. Also was there an alarm system on it at anytime? Alot of people hack all kinds of wires installing them improperly. I'll bet that's the case but I could be wrong. Let me know.

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Not sure about your question. It could be read two ways.
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If there is an effect, you could have a shorted ground wire, allowing current to find another way into the circuit. Visual inspection might uncover the problem.
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