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    Electrical gurus please help

    So here is my problem;

    Car is a 2006 WRX wagon model

    My low beam headlights are always on when i have the car on. My switch will not turn them off at all. This is not the parking lights and i know about the switch on the steering column.


    Everything was working fine until the HIDs blew. The after market HID's were already installed when i purchased the car. I believe the kit is from DDM tuning. After i had trouble with the HID kit, i decided to just put in regular bulbs and call it a day. So i purchased new bulbs and installed them and then turn on the car with the light switch set to off and the head lights are on.

    I checked the fuses and even replaced them just to rule that out of the list of possibilities. I even switched out the H/L relays located in the fuse box in the engine bay, with known working ones.

    So far nothing has worked



    Any thought or opinions are welcome.

    I have a boost gauge installed but it is not connected to any fuses for the head lights.
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    Not sure if this is what you are talking about, but it sounds as that are your daytime running lights (DRLs) doing what they're supposed to..?

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    When installing aftermarket HIDs (the correct time is never) one should disable the DRLs. I suspect the previous owner either did not, or botched it somehow. Check the DRL circuit.
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    DRLs are with the high beam bulbs, this is only occurring with my low beam bulbs.

    I forgot to mention but did disconnect the plug for the DRL located under the glove box.

    You are correct SD_GR the previous owner did not have the DRL plug disconnected but the drls were never off. but i did disconnect it when troubleshooting this issue
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    So are you saying you removed the HID kit and are now back using stock halogen bulbs?
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    yea, i removed the kit
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    If it wasn't a 100% plug and play kit maybe the previous owner hacked the original harness to make the kit work.
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    i checked the manufacturers site and read their install instructions and the only modification that needs to be done is drilling out a hole for the dust covers on the back of the head lights (which was done by the previous owner)

    i checked the wiring harness and it does not seem to be hacked up to any sort.

    I am at a stump at the moment.
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    Maybe the factory relay is sticking/going bad.
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    the main relay? pr the relays for the lights?
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    I realize this is no help to your current issue, but please remember to apply some silicone to block up that holes that where created by removing the cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06_wrxwago View Post
    DRLs are with the high beam bulbs, this is only occurring with my low beam bulbs.

    I forgot to mention but did disconnect the plug for the DRL located under the glove box.

    You are correct SD_GR the previous owner did not have the DRL plug disconnected but the drls were never off. but i did disconnect it when troubleshooting this issue
    Your DRLs seem to be working fine. They run through the low beam bulbs, at least on the 06-07. I can confirm with a picture if you'd like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anub1s View Post
    Your DRLs seem to be working fine. They run through the low beam bulbs, at least on the 06-07. I can confirm with a picture if you'd like.

    thanks for all the input everyone

    Anub, i was under the impression that the high beam bulbs were used for the DRLs.

    i forget if i mentioned it or not but i did disconnect the plug for the DRL wire located under the glove box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06_wrxwago View Post
    thanks for all the input everyone

    Anub, i was under the impression that the high beam bulbs were used for the DRLs.

    i forget if i mentioned it or not but i did disconnect the plug for the DRL wire located under the glove box.
    Nope, the low beams are used for DRL's.

    If you disconnected the DRL plug though, you do have an issue there. Something's shorted out somewhere, or like was mentioned, the relay may be going bad.
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