Question about 1996 Ford Explorer
Hi, the problem is usually with the headlight switch but check the relay first. The relay is in the dash as shown in the picture below from your owner's manual. With the battery connected, pull out the relay and push it back in. If the relay clicks, it is working properly, and it is being turned on by the anti-theft module. If it does not click, it is either failed on or the headlight switch is failed on. You can try swapping with a similar relay just to see if that fixes the problem. If it does, you know you need a relay. If the relay doesn't click and swapping it doesn't help, probe the relay sockey with a 12 volt test light or voltmeter. Pull the relay out, connect the test light clip to a good ground on the dash frame, and probe the socket terminals. There should be 5 terminals in the socket. Two of these should be hot with the lights turned off. If there are 3 hot terminals, the light switch is failed on and must be replaced. If the relay clicks when pushed in, there is a problem with the anti-theft system.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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The marker lamps
The tail lamps
The license lamp
The front marker lamps are grounded through the turn filament of the respective front park/turn lamp. The front marker lamps light as a result.
The automatic lamp control function turns on the park lamps and the headlamps. This action occurs when the ambient light sensor determines that the exterior lamps should be turned ON based on the amount of available light. When the BCM grounds the park lamp relay, voltage is supplied directly to the park lamps, bypassing the turn/headlamp switch assembly. When this action occurs, the following conditions exist:
The automatic lamp control relay is grounded.
The headlamps turn ON. Refer to Headlights/Daytime Running Lights (DRL) Circuit Description .
The lamps turn OFF when the BCM does not ground the park lamp relay or the automatic lamp control relay. This action is caused by the following conditions:
The available light reaches a predetermined level.
The ignition switch is turned to the OFF position
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