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My high beam in my 1994 Landcruiser is not working when I push the lever on. Sometimes I think I can smell a slight odor of melting plastic when the heater is on. The high beam lights work as long as I pull the lever towards me and hold it on. Also, in the same vehicle, the engine light is staying on even tho the sensors have been changed.

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  • charr751 Oct 15, 2010

    Thank you. I will accept this solution and take my vehicle in to the dealer. I appreciate the fast reply.
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The high beam problem is clearly caused by a faulty lever switch - you will have to replace it.
The engine light is on because the ECM has detected a fault - to find out what fault the error codes must be read with a special tool - any shop (or even parts store) can do that for a very small fee. Once you will know the codes you will have to replace the parts labeled as faulty; or verify that they have been properly connected.

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