Normally Open relay... can it break closed?... kinda long

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by djay, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. djay

    djay Guest

    Please help if you can. 98 legacy L, Auto, 2.2l.

    My "front and rear marker (parking) lights" are on when the car is turned
    off and keys are out of the ignition!

    The light controller stalk has 3 positions... Off, parking lights position
    and full headlamp position. The parking lights stay on through all
    positons. I'd expect that in the parking and full position but not the off
    position. Of course they're on with the car off and keys removed.... argh.
    It's late and I pulled the fuse to turn off the lights...

    Experimentation found that two fuses will turn off the parking lights. The
    main 20 amp headlamp fuse in the fuse box under the hood and the 10 amp tail
    light fuse in the main cabin fuse box. I've pulled the 10 amp interior fuse
    until I can figure this one out.

    According to the Haynes manual the circuit goes like this... the "-" below
    is the separator between main items in the schematic.

    Battery-20amp fuse-Tail/illumination relay-comination switch consisting of
    light switch (head, park, off), parking switch and turn signal switch-10amp
    fuse (number 5) - lights.

    The Normally Open relay looks like it gets de-energized when the light
    switch is in the "off" position. "off" takes ground to the relay. Can the
    NO relay break closed? Or is it likely that ground isn't getting to the
    relay from the "off" position of the light switch?

    If you have the haynes manual for a 98 legacy, the schematic is on pg12-32.

    ANY help you might relay (ha ha) is appreciated.


    djay, Apr 28, 2007
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    Honey Honey Guest

    Try rocker switch, top of steering column!

    Regards H.
    Honey Honey, Apr 28, 2007
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    djay Guest

    God bess you! Jesus I didn't even know that switch was there.

    Thank you Honey Honey!

    djay, Apr 28, 2007
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    Uncle Ben Guest

    Djay, that advice you just got for free cost me $40. That's what they
    charged me for pointing out the rocker switch on the steering column.
    "Minimum charge," you know.

    Uncle Ben, Apr 29, 2007
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    djay Guest

    I've been receiving GREAT advice/info from this group for a long time. It's
    astounding that they charged you for that info!? I love the fact that the
    people in this NG are willing to share what they know.
    djay, Apr 29, 2007
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    strchild Guest

    And we all drive or have driven Soobs. What could be better! (-;

    strchild, Apr 29, 2007
  7. I think you should let the world know what dealership actually charged
    you for that info - so they could be avoided!

    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Apr 29, 2007
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    Uncle Ben Guest

    Kensington, MD -- "Carlos Auto Service" or something like that.
    Uncle Ben, Apr 30, 2007
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