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Yay, I MacGuyver'd my car...

The lights on my car were all wonky. The DRLs worked, and the parking lights worked, but turning on the headlights turned off all the lights. I took apart the steering column cover, got a couple switched at Radio Shack, and put it all together. So now I have two switches in my dash that light up when on, and turn the parking and headlights on. ^_^ The only really odd things are that the DRL indicator is staying on, even when both the switches are on, which they shouldn't, and I can turn the headlights on without the parking lights. Since the DLR is just a separate circuit for the headlamps without the parking lamps, it only means that there are two closed switches on that circuit, so no need for alarm there, and I need only remember that I need to flip both switches for standard headlights. The amazing thing is that I went to the library to find a schematic or diagram or something, but the two diagrams I found were conflicting (showing different configurations for the same switch -_-;; ), and only two pages apart in the same manual. Anyway, it works, and I no longer need to hold the lever back for the high-beams. The lever still works the same but for the bypassed switch at the end. I'm tooting my own horn here, and that works fine, too. I'm off to play pool with P. She's having a rough go of things. Maybe more on that later.

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primateperson
Jun. 4th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
So what does that mean, that your brights are on all the time?

I mean, you sound all technically proficient and all, but if you are blinding other motorists, BAD. :O!

I hope you win at pool, just cause P is having a bad time doesn't mean you should have a bad game!
mandydax
Jun. 4th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
No, everything works normally. The brights are controlled by the push-lock/pull of the lever on the column. The DRL and the headlights are basically on two parallel switches to achieve the same goal. Really, I didn't need to do any of this, as turning on the parking lights worked to emulate normal headlight/taillight operation, and holding the lever in pull position gave my high-beams, but the push position did nothing because it was not really normal headlights but the DRL. No, the brights are not stuck on. That would be a problem, true. Maybe I should get some pix and post them up to illustrate the what.
entrenous
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
I have no idea what you just said, but I'm totally impressed because it sounded highly technical. So, um, woo! Go MacGuyver!
jaka_talbot
Jun. 5th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
You're so self-reliant!

Go you!
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