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Old 01-23-08, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Interior Lights Turn off When Headlights Turn On

I have no idea what is causing this one. When I turn on my parking lights my tail lights and dashboard lights come on as well as my front parking lights. However, when I take the next step and turn on the head lights the dashboard lights turn off and the tail lights also turn off (just got pulled over and figured that one out). I thought it may be a fuse but I didn't see any obvious fuses that would cause that behavior. Any ideas?

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You need a new combination switch.
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You need a new combination switch.
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Could it possibly be two issues here?
1) headlights and tail lights function properly when in the running light position, but in the headlight position you lose the function of your tail lights. The problem here is your combination switch. You can get one from a wrecking yard at a decent price (I paid $20 for mine) just make sure it moves firmly.

Issue two could be a wiring problem... maybe your int. lights are somehow wired to power on with the combination switch? I dunno.
Replace the combo switch and see if that fixes it, if not then we can address the issue.
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Anyone have instructions on how to take apart the steering column? Also I found a combination switch on eBay for $50, but I'm calling junk yards with high hopes today.

Also I wanted to clear up my initial post. When I said interior lights what I meant was dashboard lights.
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Ohhhhh I thought you meant overhead lights.
It is definitely your combination switch then... no other problems.
Try and find one from a wrecking yard--way cheaper. I had mine installed by a private garage full of ex-honda techs. haha
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Anyone have instructions on how to take apart the steering column?
^^^ Steering column cover(s) is all that needs to come off... task is fairly easy to do. PM me, I'll write you a removal/install procedures!
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You should just post the instructions in the DIY, section pnoye... I'm sure we're gonna need to link to it in like five days again when someone else has this problem haha.
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You should just post the instructions in the DIY, section pnoye... I'm sure we're gonna need to link to it in like five days again when someone else has this problem haha.
I think I've already got it drafted; somewhere in the archive... let me sift through all my post and if I somehow get lucky and come across it then I'll put in the proper section.
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+10 to the combo switch. Picked one up from a junk yard and that was the problem. Sadly got gouged a little on the price ($65), but they wouldn't separate out the light and turn signal module and they gave me the whole thing.

So just in case anyone goes through this, I have a tip when looking for the control switch from a different car. I've got an 88 coupe and I ended up pulling one from a 89 4 door. At first glance the wires don't match up, it looks like there are 3 sets of harnesses down at the bottom of the original wires and one near the stalk. On the newer models there is only 2 at the end of the wires. The third one (a small harness with 3 sockets) just connects wires near the stalk to a plug down at the bottom (it's used for the turn signal, and without them being connected they don't work). For some reason they attached the pass through wire to the bundle of wires at least on mine. So if you find the same thing on yours don't be discouraged to only find combo switches that end in 2 wire connectors instead of 3, it will still work!

Thanks again for your help on this one guys, I didn't even have to take the steering wheel off, just removed the top and bottom covers on the column and the kick panel.
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so i take it the combination switch is the switch cluster around the steering wheel? this IS a weakness on hondas/acuras from that period, right? i had an Accord a few years back, and the light (left) switch suddenly wouldnt work. now the legend has the same problem. the flood lights wont come on! can anyone just up a pic of the combination switch so i know for sure?

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Yes, Shai, it is a problem especially on our cars.
It's the shaft that comes out to the left of the steering column with the light controls on it.
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arrrghh! so i guess fixing it simply requires removing the wheel, unbolting the switch and a few electrical connectors...? my car is due for the EU-check up thingie, so i have to fix this

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You don't even have to remove the steering wheel. Just take apart the steering column covers (top and bottom plastic pieces) and the kick panel (you have to to take the bottom plastic cover off) and you can get to the turn signal half of the module and unscrew it. Then just disconnect the wires and replace with your new unit. It's pretty easy and straightforward when you take it apart. I can take pics of mine if you need help.
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