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Why will your bright headlight indicator alternate properly between bright and dim but the headlights themselves stay on dim?

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2008-12-07 00:14:56
2008-12-07 00:14:56

You need to check your dimmer switch it is bad or not plugged in correctly.

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Turn on the headlights and walk to front of car and see if both headlights are on. Make sure to check both the high beam and low beam head lights. I believe that the blinking light you are seeing is to tell you that one of the headlight bulbs is burnt out and needing replacement. That's the Daytime running light indicator. Check that they are working.

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Check the main headlight fuse. Check the start button, it interrupts power to the headlights. If the high beam indicator and the gauge lights are out it could be this switch.

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On a vehicle with high intensity discharge headlight, hid, that is an indicator of a failing bulb.

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Probably have a "dimmer switch problem" The switch is mounted on the side of the steering column and can be replaced easily. Using a test light, 3 wires are at the switch. the wire coming down from the headlight switch that should be hot when headlight switch is activated. The other two are outputs which go to the high or low circuit of the headlights respectively.Easy to fix with a 12 volt test light for troubleshooting.

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pull the indicator stick towards you normally

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Change the headlight it is burned out. It is also possible that the headlight/turn signal switch on the steering column is burned out. If both of your headlights are new and the low beams still do not work, check this switch. (I just replaced mine for $40 Cdn.) Could be a broken wire too. Check under the battery, that's where mine broke off. I am having the same prob. with my 97 sunfire. my daytime running lights do not turn on nomaly and the highbeam indicator is always on. when i turn my highbeams on all the lights go out. if i have my low beams on and i turn my left signal on the indicator light will flash along with my left turn indicator. i am asuming it is a short in the wiring. i will have to check. Make sure that your just not noticing it. It took me awhile to realize that when the car is in drive, the headlights come on automatically. I thought they were broken. Check that before you spend alot of money.

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There should be a switch on the indicator stork. It's the same as a Rover 213.

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It is generally a small blue light that illuminates in the dash cluster notifying you that your high beam headlights are on.

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It means that your fog lights are on - which should only happen when your headlights or at least parking lights are on.

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First double check the bulbs to be sure they are good then I would suspect the high/low beam switch or the headlight switch is at fault.

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no. however your indicator lights are located in your dashboard. dashboard light will light up when you turn your headlights on. Ex. the lights that are illuminated behind your miles per hour needle or behind your fuel gauge. Your indicator light are a lights that come on when your first turn the ignition. these lights indicate when your oil needs to be changed or your fuel is low or your washer fluid is low or the blue light that is illuminated when your headlights are on bright or high beam etc.....most newer model cars are equipped with the indicator lights. hope this is helpful.

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undo 3 Phillips head screws spread along bottom of black headlight casing(1 under indicator,1 under park light,1 under head light) then lift out whole unit....apply a little pressure to get it out as its held in by clips too....then half turn at back of casing where wires run in and headlight should just come out...change globe and reverse process.....take about 10 mins...

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First, check the fuse box and replace the fuse for the indicator lights. If the lights still do not work then replace the dash bulb itself.


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