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Repair a stuck DRL relay on a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire? At least I think it's stuck. The DRL don't work but if I turn my lights on the low beams work and when I switch to high beams the passenger side doesn't work. We've tryed changing the relay but still have the problem?

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Passenger side high beam element burned out. DRL problem might be the emergency brake suppose to turn off when engaged. Slightly depressed will cause DRL not to work.

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You like hundreds of other sunfire owners have a damaged wire harness for the front headlights. these harnesses are all bad. before you check the harness you should check the fuse box in drivers side of dash. you will see a fuse for headlight left and right make sure they are both good. if the fuses check out then you will have to check the wire harness that comes up between the frame and the windshield washer bottle behind the drivers headlight, it pinches and corrodes till lights loose power you will need to fix this harness for the lights to work, if high beams are the problem then the orange or blue wires will be the problem.

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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.

Jan 13, 2017 | 1998 Pontiac Sunfire

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Low beam headlight not working on 2002 sunfire


Your problem is in the wires for the lights, The connectors all corrode from water etc. I pulled the wiring harness and replaced all connectors and sealed with liquid tape and when dried with normal electrical tape. Repair took about 6 hours.

Mar 02, 2013 | 2002 Pontiac Sunfire

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2003 sunfire ..... low beams were working one minute ,shut off car for two minutes got back in car started it ,now i have no low beams or fogs.i checked bulbs and fuses both are good , could it be the DRL...


Headlamps
The headlamps are operated when the driver places the headlamp switch in the HEADLAMP position. The LT HDLP and RT HDLP fuse in the IP fuse block, supply battery positive voltage to both the left and right headlamps. The low beam and high beam circuits continue to the headlamp switch. Depending on the position of the dimmer switch, either the low or high beam circuit will now have a path to ground. Ground is provided at G204. The low beam and high beam circuits also provide the body control module (BCM) with both low and high beam inputs. The headlamp switch includes the dimmer and the flash-to-pass switch.
If the headlight switch is left in the HEADLAMP position, the headlights will remain on until turned off or the battery runs dead.
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
Any function that turns on the headlights will cancel the daytime running lamps operation. The LT HDLP fuse in the IP fuse block supplies battery positive voltage to the daytime running lamp (DRL) relay coil circuit. The DRL relay switch contacts are connected to the low beam circuit. When the headlamp switch is placed in the OFF position, the BCM will turn on the daytime running lamps. The BCM energizes the DRL relay, closing the switch contacts and grounding the low beam circuit at G204. The DRL illuminate the low beam headlights at a reduced intensity. The DRL will operate when the ignition switch is in the RUN position, the gear selector is not in the PARK position and the parking brake is released. When these conditions have been met the DRL will illuminate.
DRL operation in Manual Transmission equipped vehicles will occur when the ignition switch is in the RUN position, and the parking brake is released.

Probably the dimmer switch . But without testing that would be just a guess . Turnning the headlamps on Any function that turns on the headlights will cancel the daytime running lamps operation..
No ,don't think the DRL relay has anything to do with it .

View wiring diagrams an testing the electrical circuits at the dimmer switch would be the proper way to diagnose .

Mar 06, 2018 | 2003 Pontiac Sunfire

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DRL problem with 2004 Sunfire


wraun_1962 .......your DRL relay is in your fuse panel on the left side of your dash open drivers door to access it

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Where is the DRL Module on a 2003 Sunfire?


Fuse panel left side of dash. It's not a typical module it's only a relay. Your instrument cluster has a microprocessor which energizes the relay. In another post someone said there is a resistor behind right headlamp that could be your problem, I haven't as of yet checked the schematics to confirm but sounds right.

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Hello im currently working on a 96 sunfire with the same problem i have high beams only on the right side passenger side is low and drivers is high plus theres no low beam or drl i fixed what i seen for...


There a DRL relay up front that I think is part of your problem. If you go to the front of the car, lay underneath and look up between the rad. and the front bumper, you'll see a set of wires going to a small relay fasten to the bumper. That is the DRL(daytime running lights) Careful removing it and have it replace, can get it at a local part store. After repaceing it, see what problems you have now.
Maybe high beams work now but no low beams? If so, you need to check the blue wire for a open connection. This blue wire controls the low beams. Please take the time and get a manual at your local auto store so you can see the wiring on the lights, this will help you pin point the blue wire.
Just keep checking the blue wire for conutity, through out the blue wire, you'll have to open up the casing cover over the wires to see where they leaded. Hope you find it!

Apr 25, 2009 | 2002 Pontiac Sunfire

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Drl not working nor are low beams high beams work properly


Ok look under the bagtterry tray, there is a black box bolted to the body, it is the headlight ground and has a really bad tendency to corode due to the design.

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check wiring in front of washer bottle and harness will lead to passanger side follow it open up harness ussually broken wires inside causing dim or no headlights.

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