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Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 15:49:52 -0000
From: Spike9458 <>
Subject: Re: 2004 9-5 Aero Headlight Dimmer Switch Inop

On Aug 16, 5:32 pm, Fred W <> wrote: > Spike9458 wrote: > > On Aug 15, 9:11 pm, Fred W <> wrote: > > >>Spike9458 wrote: > > >>>My headlight dimmer switch stopped working. If I pull on the switch to > >>>go to high beams, the lights will go high until I let go of the > >>>switch. It does not hold them on high beam. How pricey of a repair am > >>>I looking at? Does the steering when have to come off or is it a > >>>repair I can do myself? I just bought it a couple months ago. Mfr > >>>warranty ran out because of mileage, I don't think the after market > >>>warranty I bought will cover it. > > >>>Thanks, > > >>>--Jim > > >>Sounds like your headlights are in Daytime Running Light mode. Try > >>switching the headlight switch to the "on" position. > > >>-- > >>-Fred W > > > Well, you are right. when I turn the switch to the right so the > > headlights are on during daytime, the highbeams work just fine. But > > when the switch all the way to the left and the headlights come on > > automatically when it's dark, the dimmer switch does not work. It did > > when I first got the car, but suddenly just stopped. Could it be the > > red relay? Do you know how could I check it? > > > --Jim > > Sorry, no I don't. In some earlier models, with the switch fully CCW > the lights were in DRL mode. But those cars didn't have auto-magic > headlights, and so we had to twist the switch to the ful CW position for > real headlights. > > The nice thing about SAABs has been that, for a long time, when left in > the full CW position the headlights douse when the car is turned off via > the ignition key. I have gotten in the habit of just leaving them full > CW and running headlamps on during the day. > > -- > -Fred W- Hide quoted text - > > - Show quoted text - Okay, thanks. I am new to the world of SAAB's and am learning as I go. Much to my chagrin, the Saab repair manual I thought I would pick up does not exist as near as I can tell. Chilton's and Haynes do not make one ... know of anyone that does???? Thanks, --Jim

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