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Headlights continually raising and lowering

The headlights continually flip open, then close ....only way to stop them is to remove the fuse. Could the problem be a defective switch on the "open/close button" ?

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Have a look at the bolted down white multi-connector in the engine bay ,when one of the connectors corroded the loose connection made the lights rapidly raise & lower

Posted on Oct 09, 2008

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I have searched the web for an answer to this problem, it seems the problem may lye with either a connection to the multifunction switch or the switch itself, or a poor ground to the headlights.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

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