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Old 08-14-2001, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Hot headlight switch on L series

The left stalk on the steering wheel on my 2000 LS1 was getting rather warm when the headlights were on. Brought it to Saturn Service; they replaced the switch. Service manager said it was visibly 'cooked', and when they see that, they replace the switch.
However, he said the part had not been redesigned.

Two questions:
1. How common is this?
2. is there any fire hazard?

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Old 08-14-2001, 04:57 PM   #2
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It's a common problem with the L series. I had our switch replaced many months ago (2000 LS1).

Have not heard of any fires, I would hope the headlight circuit breaker would open before it got that bad.

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Old 08-14-2001, 10:59 PM   #3
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My 2000 LW2, has had 2 of the headlight stalks replaced in the past 20 months...the last one was put in about 3 months ago.

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Old 08-16-2001, 09:14 AM   #4
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The headlight switch on my LS2 blew a 10 amp fuse that also feed the dash lights. It was replaced and no more trouble. However I do not believe that it got hot.

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Old 08-21-2001, 08:33 AM   #5
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My 2001 L100 had this problem develop within 1 week of ownership. The dealer I purchased my car from stated this was normal. While driving at night for three hours the stalk got so hot that it started to smell like melting plastic. I went to a DIFFERENT dealership and they said it was NOT normal and would order a new part. It was a "resistance" problem in the stalk. New part installed, Had no problems. TRY a different dealer.

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Old 08-21-2001, 10:21 AM   #6
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I thought I read in a previous post about the Daytime Running light relay causing this. The post said that he removed the relay and jumpered together the 87/30 posts, keeping his both bright lights w/o having DRL's. But he also noted that the stalk didn't get hot anymore. Could it be the DRL relay? . I know GM use's the bright's with a lower amp for those. I think that car was a L-series also.

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