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Headlamps staying on with ignition off have to remove fuse to not kill the battery

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Locate and replace the headlight relay. The location will be in one of the fuse boxes and will be listed in the vehicle owners manual.

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My mph and temperature control lights blink along with my headlights. headlights also do not come on when car is started and then do not stay on like before until I open the door.05 buick lacrosse

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For high beam operation, ground is applied at all times to the headlamp dimmer switch from G202. When the headlamp dimmer switch is placed in the HIGH position, ground is then applied through the headlamp dimmer switch signal circuit to the BCM. The BCM then applies a ground to the headlamp high beam relay control circuit. This energizes the HI Beam relay, the relay then applies battery positive voltage through the LF and RF HI BEAM fuses to the LF and RF high beam headlamps. The ground for the left headlamps is supplied by G101 and the ground for the right headlamp is supplied by G100.
The BCM then sends a class 2 message to the instrument cluster in order to illuminate the high beam indicator lamp. If the headlamp switch is left in the HEAD position, the inadvertent power control feature will turn OFF the headlamps after 10 minutes after you turn the ignition switch to the OFF position. If you place the headlamp switch in the head position after the ignition switch has been turned OFF, or if the ignition switch is in ACCY position, the headlamps will remain ON until you turn them OFF or until the battery runs dead.

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Turned headlamps on this evening Then went turn off back lights go out but headlamps stay on ??? So had too undo battery

The headlights do have a relay for them, it is located in the fuse box under the hood. Tjere should be a diagram telling you which relay works the headlights under the fuse box cover.

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Hello i am experinceing some problems with my 2003 toyota corolla first my run light stay on with the key off the key out of the ignition i gather from forums thats the head light switch since it only...

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