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Old 03-31-2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Dizzy 2006 vue high beams come on randomly, drain battery?

A couple of days ago, every time I use my turn signals, the high beams come on. I've found that if I put the switch "just so", the high beams go off and all seems well. Apparently, the high beams also come on randomly on their own, which has caused total battery drain 2 nights in a row now. I spoke with our mechanic, and it will cost !160 total to replace the switch, if that is what it is.

My question, at this point, is, if I completely take out the high beam bulbs, will it still drain the battery? Just for a short fix as our mechanic doesn't have anyone who can fix it right now and I honestly don't have anyone here who is patient enough to fix it on our own

Desperately need help, any suggestions will be very appreciated. We have no use for high beams here, I drive very little at night or in the country, but depend on this car for work and such.

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Old 03-31-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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Provided it is your switch, you can get a new switch for under $40 online (rockauto.com). From what I've seen, they're pretty easy to replace yourself. The steering column cover pops off, and the rest is pretty obvious from there. Surely someone can take 10 minutes to do it.

It would take less time to replace it yourself than it would take you to drive it to your "mechanic" for him to do it.

If you're not willing to take a few minutes to do it yourself, and can't wait for your over-priced mechanic, I'm not really sure what you're asking for with your post, other than confirmation that the switch could be the problem. In which case, I can't say for sure, but it does sound likely.

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Old 03-31-2012, 01:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2006 vue high beams come on randomly, drain battery?

Thank you, and I've read about that, and it seems fairly easy. Just wondering about the bulbs themselves at this point and if I take them out will it stop the battery drain, or will the battery still be pulled because the car thinks the lights are on?

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Thank you, and I've read about that, and it seems fairly easy. Just wondering about the bulbs themselves at this point and if I take them out will it stop the battery drain, or will the battery still be pulled because the car thinks the lights are on?
You could pull the fuse overnight to see if that solves the drain issue. It would be easier than taking the bulbs out.

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Thank you Will try it tonight and see how long it will take to get the actual part

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Thank you, and I've read about that, and it seems fairly easy. Just wondering about the bulbs themselves at this point and if I take them out will it stop the battery drain, or will the battery still be pulled because the car thinks the lights are on?
There's no path for current if bulbs are removed.

I suggest you promptly try to obtain a new switch. Its just possible the low-beam section of switch could fail next.

You could remove the two headlamp fuses in the underhood relay/fuse box but keep in mind this will also disable the low-beams.

When you buy the new switch make sure you know whether you have auto headlamp (AHL) option or not as with or without dictate different switches.

And if you're not sure about the AHL check for a small black bulb thingy on dash above and to right of glove-box. The bulb means you have AHL.

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