: High beam malfunction...annoying...



IvoryWhiteCatera
02-07-13, 03:04 AM
So, I'm driving on the freeway and my high beams go crazy and start blinking rapidly. The turn indicator stalk is in the normal position when it happens, too. Any ideas? It gets annoying because it occurs at random and people in front of me think I'm flashing them.

gvjv3
02-07-13, 03:11 AM
Check the blubs, did someone change them to HID?, look for the high beam relay, if anything you can remove the high beam blubs

investor74
02-07-13, 08:23 PM
So, I'm driving on the freeway and my high beams go crazy and start blinking rapidly. The turn indicator stalk is in the normal position when it happens, too. Any ideas? It gets annoying because it occurs at random and people in front of me think I'm flashing them.

I think our multifunction stalks are wearing out. The springs, the contacts, the detents, etc. I have a related problem where the high beams randomly come on when the lights are on. Usually after a turn where I used the turn signal. A bit of backpressure on the stalk turns it off again. I "fixed" it using a rubber band to keep the stalk in the correct position. Had to make sure the rubber band was applying just the right amount of backpressure, too much and the high beams also come on with the flash to pass feature.

I guess our cars are now senior citizens and we can expect some quirkyness. :)

kaustein
02-08-13, 05:03 PM
Sadly the quirky from day one! Wait until you sunroof opens on it's own!

IvoryWhiteCatera
02-09-13, 02:30 AM
Sadly the quirky from day one! Wait until you sunroof opens on it's own!

It's happened to me!

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I think our multifunction stalks are wearing out. The springs, the contacts, the detents, etc. I have a related problem where the high beams randomly come on when the lights are on. Usually after a turn where I used the turn signal. A bit of backpressure on the stalk turns it off again. I "fixed" it using a rubber band to keep the stalk in the correct position. Had to make sure the rubber band was applying just the right amount of backpressure, too much and the high beams also come on with the flash to pass feature.

I guess our cars are now senior citizens and we can expect some quirkyness. :)

Thanks for the suggestion. At least my car isn't the only one with the problem.

TheCrimsonKing
02-21-13, 11:39 AM
I've been having the exact same issue! It only happens after making a right turn with signal. And applying back pressure usually turns them off until i have to make another turn. Get's really frustrating. I think I'll just take out the bulbs as I can go without them entirely.

kaustein
02-21-13, 11:44 AM
I used to have an older Escort that at night, right turns signaling would turn off headlights!

TheCrimsonKing
02-21-13, 02:08 PM
So all i did as a quick fix was pull fuse #27 and problem solved. I can certainly go without the high beams.