I have a GL wagon, and suddenly the headlights don't come on either low or high
beam unless I pull back on the dimmer/turn signal switch. Kind of difficult
driving around at night with the switch pulled back while steering and using the
turn signals. You pull out the main headlight switch and at the halfway point of
course the runninglights all come on, put pull it out all the way, and nothing.
The lights come on and the high beam indicator lights up on the dash-but only if
you pull back on the dimmer/turn signal switch.
I kind of wonder too if it might be a problem with the main headlight switch.
Sometimes I notice the headlight beam will flicker once very briefly and hardly
noticeable every 50 miles or so, kind of like it does when a power surge occurs
like the air conditioning coming on, but that's not what makes it happen, and
it's only been happening in recent weeks. I am not running extra wattage
headlamps--everything is stock and original and no add on stuff, like a booming
stereo system, etc.
I thought it was the dimmer switch in the steering column, so I spent $35 and
replaced it (took only 15 minutes), but the new assembly does the same thing.
After trying to troubleshoot the thing, I came across something called a light
switch. On Schucks.com under relays I see they only make "headlight relays" on
later models of Escort GL Wagons newer than about 1992. On my car, the 1988, it
only comes up as "light relay". Is this the problem? The light relay switch? I
don't even know where it is. Near the fusebox, or somewhere under the hood? The
internet shows no pictures where it is.