When I turn my high beams on they wont turn on.

Tiny
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When I turn my high beams on they wont turn on, and my headlights turn off can you help me solve this?

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013 AT 3:27 AM

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Tiny
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And the headlights only turn off once the high beams are activated.

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013 AT 3:55 AM
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Possibly issue with dimmer switch/multifunction.

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013 AT 1:21 PM
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Just to add, voltage to the headlamps is hot all the time. The headlamp switch is part of the ground circuit.

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013 AT 1:26 PM
Tiny
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Ok where is the dimmer switch located, and can I do it myself?

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013 AT 4:58 PM
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That arm that you pull to brighten or dim is connected to dimmer switch/multifunction switch.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Disable the airbag.
Remove the steering wheel.
Remove the steering column trim covers.
Remove the 2 torque head screws from the multifunction switch.
Remove the multifunction switch.

There is a safety issue because of the airbag. Safety is your responsibility. You will also probably need a steering wheel puller. You have to decide if this something you want to tackle?

The multifunction switch is number 2 in the picture.

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013 AT 5:44 PM
Tiny
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Ok, it look like a lot of work, I might have a professional to look at that problem.

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 4:24 AM
Tiny
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Heres another question: This car has winter tires in the front and the back, and I think it makes the car run funny, could that be the case, and if so what types of tires should I change to?

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 4:25 AM
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I dont know? The area I live in has very mild winters, we dont use winter tires.

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Monday, April 8th, 2013 AT 12:34 PM

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