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Headlights won't shut off even when switch and ignition are off.

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01/17/09 11:34
Fred Ferrell

Headlights won't shut off even when switch and ignition are off.

My headlights on my 2001 Ford Explorer are now continuously on while the switch is off and the ignition is off with the keys out. The only way I can shut them off is by pulling the "Parklamps Relay and Main Light Switch" fuse. I unplugged both the main light switch and the automatic light sensor, but it didn't work when I put the fuse back in.

Any recommendations?


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Johhny Castellano

Hi guys have a 1995 Ford Explorer Limited my Auto Diming rear view mirror came off the windshield and fell on to the floor board in three pieces for the life of me I can't figure out how to put it back together and install it . I can't figure how to connect the six inch plastic thats comes down from the top of the windshield and suppose to connect to the mirror, is there anyone with pics that show how it should look or instructions with pics how to put it back together and install it any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Nick Cassidy

Hey guys, just ran in to the same problem with my '99 f150. Headlights wouldn't go off, no rear running lights, no dash lights. Checked fuses 3 (Headlamps/Autolamps), 6 (Parklamps/Autolamps) & 9 (Daytime Running Lamps (DRL), Fog Lamps) under the hood. Pull all 3 fuses and check to see which one's blown. In my case 3 and 9 were fine & 6 was blown. Pulling and replacing 3 turned off the lights. Gotta replace 6 tomorrow so for now I've got 9 in the 3 position and no fog lamps. Hope this helps.


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i have the same problem but its with my back lights, they wont turn off while im driving and it looks like im stepping on the break when im really not, any suggestions on how to fix this problem? thanks
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In my 2001 F-150 Supercrew 4x4, wiring harness under dash (see Shane's post) was it. Not sure why, thinking it was caused by my after market trailer braking system install. Over time, wires pulling on each other per the brake arm movement pulled them too tight.
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joe McD

Have a 2000 F150 Lightning and fog lights will not turn off. I have taken the key out of the ignition and try many different attempts to turn the lights off. I have also noticed that the Ac will still work with out even turning or haveing a key in the ignition... does anybody have any suggestions?
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Curtis Bedard

I have a problem with my running lights remaining on in my 1996 Ford Taurus GL sedan. I tried reaetting the battery overnight checking fuses. Testing all switches and lights still remain on. My battery was drained once so now I have to unplug the negative battery cable just so I dončt have to get it boosted again. If anyone could help let me know please.
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my head lights dont turn off 97 windstar
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my head lights wont turn off what can i do i put new switch and relay nothing yet i was told is a computer for head lights but where do i find
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Same on my 2003 Limited. High beams on no matter what. Stuck High beam relay in position 49. I took it out and whacket it a few times and that so far has fixed it. If it sticks again then its replacement time.
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Jaysus!!! (As they say in Ireland and meant most respectfully.) Gord is a jaynius! I tried pulling the #30 fuse (DRL) with no resolution to the "Bright Lights on all the time regardless of the ignition switch and light switch." I disconnected and reconnected the brake wiring harness as recommended by Shane, I turned off the rearview mirror dimming system also as recommended above with no success. Then, I took Gord's recommendation and took out the #49, High beam relay and "whacket" it a few times. I don't know how Gord "whacket" it but Webster says that whack is "to strike or slap with a sharp, resounding blow." I held the relay between my thumb and forefinger and smacked it twice on each side on the sharp edge nearest the underhood relays and reinstalled. Glory be, it worked. Thank you Gord for taking the time to come back here and educating all of us. Mine is a 2003 Eddie Bauer purchased a year old off Ebay but then, that's another story. Thank you to all who contribute to this site. You're the best.


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I had the same issue with my 2002 Tribute. I checked under the hood in the relay box and found 2 fuse's that burned out.

Both of which had to do with the lights (DRL and H/L).

Replaced both and all is well.

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Daytime running lights would not go out on my 1996 Ford Taurus. Happened suddenly and ran down my battery. I removed the DRL fuse in the fuse box under the hood. Solved the problem. Now the lighs all work from the inside switch and day time running lights stay off.
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my headlights on my ford taurus 1998will not go off even when I turn the switch off and cut car off. It drained my battery. How do I turn them off?
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My 1996 Ford Explorer's headlights wouldn't turn off either. I opened the fuse panel and pulled fuses #3 and #8 then put them back. Now I can turn the lights off when the key is out but still can't get them to turn off when the car is cranked.

(at least the battery will stop dying though, lol)

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1998 ford 150 4x4 with fog lamps.Does not have auto shut off for head lihts. Problem headlights stays on with switch off! Checked fuses and lamps and tail lights blown. Replaced fuse worked fine but no fog light works. run light for 5 min. blowed fuse lost dash lights and parking lights and tail light and light swith wont turn lights off again and to disconect the battery for headlights to go off! Have to be switch but hate to spend 150-2oo dollars if not swith! Changed the drl lamps relay fuse to but no change. please help!!
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This worked for me. Opened hood, took out fuse for DRL and voila! No more problems. I drive a 2002 Ford Escape. Thanks to all who contribute to this site.
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I have a 94 Lincoln Town car and the headlights will not go off. I have tried playing with the switch but nothing seems to work?
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David Taylor

i have a 2010 Ford Explorer. The Rear View Mirror was driving me nuts cause a little green light kept turning on and off. I don't know what this is? Does anybody know what this means? Thanks
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Marvin Madison

I have a 99 ford contour that has the same headlight problems they wont turn off. I went to the dealer and they rewired everything. and stll no answer they said it might be a corroed wire somwhere in the dash. but ifits annoying you like me I just went under my hood and pulled my relay fuse out. my horn and reverse lightts dont work either. but I just drive with the high beams on at night until I find a simple fix the dealer was talking $300 bucks just to rip the dash off no way its not worth it no more, I dont do much night driving and between that and my suspension always acting nutty im ready to let go of this car I had it for over 10 years now anyway
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Have a 2001 Ford F150 and at first I found out that I had no tail lights, no dome light, and no dash lights at all. I was told it was the light switch itself. So, I ordered one for $70. Changed it and that wasnt it at all. I have checked all fuses and like several people above #6 was blown and keeps blowing. Returned home today and my wife and I noticed that the tail lights were on and no one has even driven the truck in weeks. They will not go off at all. Any suggestions or similar stories?
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I may have just gotten lucky, but I read these posts, went to my 2003 Explorer and turned the key on and messed with the high beams by toggling it back and forth... solved my problem. Thanks to all who take the time to respond to posts!
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Check out ur main junction box, the relay holder would have melted which is causing a direct circuit open at all times

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Hey i have a 2004 ford explorer limited, how can i turn off the headlights while im drivingg?
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Thank author of this post/comment"Eduardo"

My high beams on my wife's 2002 Explorer suddenly came on and would not shut off no matter what I tried. I tried Gord's trick, removed relay #49, whacked it with my knuckle in the middle on both sides a couple of times and lo and behold it worked. Thank you so much!! At some point I'll replace it, but I'll hold off for now.
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