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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Headlights: High/Low Beam Dimmer Switch Problems


really awful
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1998 Pontiac Sunfire lights problems

lights problem

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1998 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 142005


  • miles


I own a 1998 Pontiac Sunfire. The failure is with the headlights/daytime running lights... the daytime running lights work fine, but at night, when I twist the lever to turn the headlights on, only my daytime running lights stay on and my headlights remain at about 1/2 brightness and the daytime running lights indicator stays on. (in otherwords, no change in the beams...) but then when I ever so slightly pull the lever back to go to flash my headlights, the daytime running lights indicator disappears and my headlights brighten to "normal, nighttime brightness, then if I pull lever back towards me even farther, the highbeams come on)... but the problem is... the lever won't stay on either nighttime or high beam modes at all. Once I let go of the lever it returns to daytime runninglights, even with the lever twisted all the way to have the headlights on.... I still only get the daytime running lights (drl).... on occasion the headlights work ok to begin with, but as I am driving the "normal" lights click back off and its only the drl that are on. Its very dangerous because the nightime tail lights are not on when the drl are only on. I also have a friend with a 97 Pontiac Sunfire and she is having the same problem with her drl/ and headlights. I have not yet corrected the problem, and I have researched it on the internet and others seem to be having the same problem.

- Clinton, IA, USA

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