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Old 09-19-2005, 07:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I am new to this forum. I have a 1998 Sable with headlights that turn on automatically during the day when the engine is running(I live in Canada). The problem is that the headlights now stay on even with the engine not running and with the key out of the ignition. I now have to disconnect the battery when the car is parked, and reconnect it if I want to go anywhere. Also, I noticed that the highbeam indicator in the dash flickers when the engine is running. I tried "playing" with the headlight switch to no avail. I suspect there is a relay that may have gone bad or possibly a problem in the indicator/wiper/highbeam lever on the left side of the steering column. Does anyone know what this problem might be?
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Old 09-20-2005, 12:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm thinking the DRL module is bad and needs replacement.
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yes, it is the DRL module that is going bad, you can still get them through Ford, and IIR they are mounted on the l/s of the rad support
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As long as you remember to turn on your lights when it's rainy of foggy, you can just pull the fuse for the DRLs...that's what I did. If you want to replace the module, I think it's located behind the driver side headlight (it is on my 97 Taurus anyway)
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It couldnt possibly be a relay, could it?
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It couldnt possibly be a relay, could it?
It is possible to have a sticking relay, but my bet is on the module. I had a problem before where the blower would stay on and it ended up being a sticking relay.
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I tried pulling the 15A fuse as suggested and it "fixed" the problem. I guess therefore the DRL module has gone bad. I called Ford and they want $120.00 for the module...Hence, the lights will be off during the day!!

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I agree.. I bet its the DRL box acting funny. I guess they do that after awhile. You can usually find replacements on ebay sometimes. I got a couple of new ones a few months ago.
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I know about 6 differnt Taurus owners that had DRL that all have problems w that stupid GEM. I think Ford should have a recall on it .






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Just a suggestion, I live in Australia and my Taurus does not have a DRL module. However, my lights got stuck like yours when my park light fuse blew. I changed the fuse and it went back to normal.

The thing I find curious is that the Canadians have DRL and here in Australia, our Taurus has park lights that you cannot turn off. If you remove both park globes or remove/blow the park light fuse the headlights stay on.

Australian Tauri have automatic lights too.

So yeah, try changing your park light fuse -might just work. If not at least you tried. Hehe.
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