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RE: Headlight switch repairable?
For a temporary fix try holding the switch between the headlight position and
the parking light position. This would hold for however long I wanted it to.
I had gone through 3 switches in 3 years so I decided to investigate what was
causing them to burn up. After diasecting #3 it turns out the headlight
portion of the switch is not the problem. The parking light part of the
switch melts and causes this problem. The headlight part is actually well
designed and does not create the heat. To resolve this I figured out which
contacts of the 4 were working and installed a relay. And as of today no heat
and no problems.
Moral of the story. PUT THE RELAY ON THE PARKING LIGHTS BEFORE THE
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95 subaru legacy
The headlight switch in my '86 4kcsq started going bad a few months ago.
It would sometimes take a bit of jiggling for the dash lights to stay
on with full headlights. Last week in the middle of the night they went
out and stayed out no matter what I did. The dash lights work perfectly
well with only the running/parking lights on. I suspect the connector,
wherever it is, has lost contact with the dash light bit in the full on
position. Further evidence of a full open is that the finger blistering
heat on the switch is completely gone. I suspect there was only a
partial connection before that was acting like a resistor and heating
up. Is this dash to headlight connector outside the switch body where I
can clean it up or inside the switch? Is it worth repairing or is it
time to replace the switch? I'd like to fix this soon since driving at
night with a dark dash is more than a bit disconcerting. Thanks for the