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Old 07-30-2007, 10:39 AM   #1
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Problem with my Toyota's headlights.

For all the auto-techs out there:
I have a 2001 Toyota Rav4. Yesterday I noticed that the headlights wouldn't turn off. The instrument panel lights were off and the parking lights too, but the headlights were still on.

I thought that there might be a problem in the security system so I pulled the fuse and sure enough the headlights went off ... but now the car wouldn't start. On a whim I disconnected the motion sensor from the alarm and everything worked fine after that! Anyone ever heard of this happening? Did I fix the problem or will it 'come back'?

OMT - I don't think it's the RS3200 or RS3000. I'm not sure what brand it is.
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:42 AM   #2
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problem 1. toyota

all joking aside

did you try putting a new fuse in?
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:44 AM   #3
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With all of the rain lately, it sounds like the relay / sensor either has some condensation in it or has corroded.
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problem 1. toyota

all joking aside

did you try putting a new fuse in?
The fuse on the alarm system? No, it wasn't blown and the alarm was arming/disarming fine.
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you might want to test the headlight relay, and clean all connections
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Yeah I agreee with Patrick about the relay sticking. I've had that happen before with my truck and a fuel pump relay.
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Yeah I agreee with Patrick about the relay sticking. I've had that happen before with my truck and a fuel pump relay.
I'll check it out. The headlight and security system relays are all under the dash. Still hoping that the motion sensor was shorted out and causing the controller to freak out.
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possibly an issue withe the run-start relay of the alarm system. The circuitry of an alarm contains diodes and im pretty sure its got some solid state devices. Most of this stuff is sealed but there's always the chance of exposure to moisture or humidity and those devices are very sensitive to that. could be fixed with simply changing a relay or the issue may be a little more complex.
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check the alarm remote battery sometimes when its get low... it makes the alarm do stupid things...
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