Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 17:32:35 -0400
From: Fred W <>
Subject: Re: 2004 9-5 Aero Headlight Dimmer Switch Inop

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

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