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    Unhappy Electrical Problem?

    My first post! Too bad it's a perceived problem...

    I hear an audible "click" when I turn my headlights on. It is only when I go from the parking lights to the headlights. It sounds like it is coming from the right side of the cabin...maybe from the door mounted speaker. I don't recall ever hearing this. Do I have a short somewhere??? The part that worries me is that it sounds like it is coming from the right door speaker.... I thought about calling the service department at my dealership but I have more confidence in the contributors to this forum! Thanks in advance for any input.

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    My headlights click when they go on too...don't think it's a problem...
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    Mine does it too. I think there is a relay under the dash over there by the glove box that is being engaged when you turn the headlights on. I'm not sure what the relay does, but it's normal, I've noticed it from day one.
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    It's a relay. Don't worry about it, all cars have them. the relay is the "real" switch that turns your head lights on. The switch you turn on it kinda like the switch for the switch. Head lights require more power then most other circuts in the car, you don't want to route thick cable all over the car so engineers use a relay then run smaller wires to the interior switches.

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    OK...I'm a new car Hypochondriac

    Thanks for the replies. This is my first performance car so I think I am expecting something to fail. I have to remember it's a Subaru just like the Forester I have ...only faster.

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    You know when you activate the turn signals you hear a click click click? Its the same thing, except that the relay that turns the headlight on is louder than usual.
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