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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-20-2013, 10:45 PM
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Congrats and thanks for letting us know it is fixed.

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My '09 just smoked a headlight switch a couple days ago. Lost the low beam and flash-to-pass functions. When you pull the stalk towards you to flash the lights, it feels like something is wrong... I figured I would have to pull the steering wheel to replace this part, but this post got the switch out, and in my hand in 5 minutes. There is a burned contact, with a bit of melted plastic under the white plastic cover.
Bet that's my problem...

Switch on order, and hopefully that will do it. Thanks for the info on the 3 screws! Made my day!!
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Headlights not working

I am having the same issue and I feel sure mine is the switch as well, however, mine is under warranty so I will let you know what they do. They checked it already and felt I was correct on the switch diagnostic, enough to special order a replacement. Seems this may be a common failure on these vehicles. Mine cuts off when switching from low to high beam, but I can usually wiggle the switch and get it back on. I am just worried it may quit one time and not come back on! I am scheduled to replace it next Tuesday
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Our 2009 spectra's high beams quit working about a week ago. Low beams work just fine...for the moment. Knock on wood. We've been checking fuses and relays and they are all good. The bulbs were just replaced a couple of months ago. When switch is pushed back for high beams, we can hear the switch and the blue high beam light is on. But no high beams.
Question is: replace the signal light stick thingy or try something else? If we have to replaced the stalk thinkgy, is it difficult to replace? Thanks
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2007 KIA Spectra EX

I have had the same problem with a 2007 KIA Spectra EX. I just purchased the vehicle for my nephew and three days later it happened but we had high beams just no low beams, everything else worked. Thankfully the Dealer (even though the car was as-is) said they would take care of it.

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I found this thread through a search, although my car is a 2008 Kia Sportage; I'm sure the electrical system/parts are somewhat similar!

My headlamp problems seem to come from a different cause: overheating sockets! The first issue I had was one of the headlamp sockets had overheated and burned out. I bought a generic plug from an Auto z... local parts store and spliced it in, first the splice burned out, then I soldered / heat-shrinked the connections and it lasted about a year. but now the plastic connector housing has completely melted and needs to be replaced again. I found and purchased a new socket using 12ga wiring and ceramic connector with plastic outer housing, that should last longer, and I am about to install it (it is 90degree angle too, like the oem plug was but not the aftermarket from the store)

My 2nd problem is the RELAY/FUSE BOX! It burned out a relay a while back and I replaced it with a local aftermarket replacement. Then eventually it stopped working again... I got another replacement and put it in the high beam relay socket, and used the original high beam relay for the regular beams (they are the same p/n / relay). Now I have found that the socket is loose, and I had to bend the pins outward and force them into the socket to make it work, but every now and then I lose headlamps altogether, and need to go into the box and "wiggle" the relay, then it pops on and works! I saw another thread that details the fuse/relay box and how it is assembled/disassembled (their problem was the relay pins for the ac blower), and if I can remove the first "non-user level" it looks like I should be able to tighten/repair the ferrule-looking pieces that are supposed to grab the relay and fuse pins, but I was looking for more info and if anybody has done this before (the original link I found was to an earlier generation Kia vehicle)

--> So I just wanted to point out other possible issues, and also ask if anybody else has experienced my issues and/or repaired them???
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