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Old 30 Apr 2014, 02:09 pm
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I've had my 2001Limited Edition for a couple of weeks now so I'm still learning about it. Love it so far and even though the thing is 13 years old, I'm having people stop me to take a look at it. Pretty cool.
Anyway, I noticed last night when I turned on my headlights that when I turned on the high beams, my low beams stayed on. Is that normal? My fog lamps aren't working as well so Im assuming that is related.

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Old 30 Apr 2014, 02:16 pm
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your fog lights are beacuse the multi function switch in the steering wheel colum is messed up
No the low and the high beams do not normaly stay on togther ---low is low and when you kick on high only high but since you have your high beams on when no one is around it should be WAY brighter
dont think i have ever heard this issue but hey ill bet its nice and bright Id probaly look at it as a upgrade( my Goldwing is liek that o can set the switch so both are on )
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your fog lights are beacuse the multi function switch in the steering wheel colum is messed up
No the low and the high beams do not normaly stay on togther ---low is low and when you kick on high only high but since you have your high beams on when no one is around it should be WAY brighter
dont think i have ever heard this issue but hey ill bet its nice and bright Id probaly look at it as a upgrade( my Goldwing is liek that o can set the switch so both are on )
So having both on at the same time doesn't hurt anything? For example, not getting to hot? What about the charging system?

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Old 30 Apr 2014, 03:35 pm
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The charging system shouldn't have a hard time keeping up with the output for both lights because USUALLY you are driving your car when the lights are on. If there's no fault in your charging system, no worries. Now if your stopped and the engine isn't running and you leave your lights on, then it will take a lot less time to run down the battery but then how often to do you drive around with your high beams on?

BUT (and there's always a but) there's nothing wrong with the way yours are working. Just went out to the garage, turned the low beams on, then the high beams and the low beams also stayed on ....so your good to go.
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The charging system shouldn't have a hard time keeping up with the output for both lights because USUALLY you are driving your car when the lights are on. If there's no fault in your charging system, no worries. Now if your stopped and the engine isn't running and you leave your lights on, then it will take a lot less time to run down the battery but then how often to do you drive around with your high beams on?

BUT (and there's always a but) there's nothing wrong with the way yours are working. Just went out to the garage, turned the low beams on, then the high beams and the low beams also stayed on ....so your good to go.
That's good to know. I was going to buy an entire new switch but now I can Just do the fog light fix as outlined in the tech forum and be done with it.
Thanks.
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I've had my 2001Limited Edition ...
Anyway, I noticed last night when I turned on my headlights that when I turned on the high beams, my low beams stayed on. Is that normal? ...
The headlight relay in the dash fuse block does two things when the high beams are selected. The relay is energized with the high beams. It cuts the power to the fog light circuit and it activates a parallel power circuit to the low beam lights (to replace the circuit interrupted by deselecting low beams).
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Just went out to the garage, turned the low beams on, then the high beams and the low beams also stayed on ....so your good to go.
I STILL learn things about the PT....
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Old 30 Apr 2014, 07:50 pm
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yup your headlights are working correctly. lows and highs at the same time with the fogs cutting off.

My last work truck was a Chevy Colorado and when you turned on the high beams the lows would cut off and you actually loose alot of visibility. Yeah the light shined way down the road but you lost all the low level lighting...

The switch repair is fairly straight forward to do, just follow the pics in the great write up here in the forum and take your time.
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