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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:36 am    Post subject:  Hi/low beam question Reply with quote

On my 05 Impala I can momentarily turn on the hi beams by pulling the multifunction lever, but when I let go, the lo beams come back on. On my gf's 06 Monte Carlo, she can do the same thing, but if she pushes the lever forward, the hi beams stay on. On my car, the lever does not go forward, & I don't want to push too hard & break something. Is this how all 05's are, or is this a characteristic of a 9C3 car? GARY

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:30 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The 06+ stalk is different. 00-05 should click the high beams on by pulling in. They've been known to break over time, so if its not clicking, you're gonna need a new one.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:16 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

When I pull on the lever, the hi beams do come on, but they won't stay on, as the lever is spring loaded, & returns to the lo beam position. I really don't mind, as I don't drive with the hi beams on. As long as I can flash them on, that's OK. Thanks again. GARY

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:31 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yeah, they should pull in and click, and then they would stay on until you clicked them again. Its common for the "clicking" mechanism to break and then they will not stay on.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:40 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

dont be surprised if the high beams dont stay on eventually. I had the MFS go on my 02LS and it was same as yours, I didnt get it fixed and eventually the high beams were the only ones working. It finally clicked and stayed.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:10 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Mine went out recently on my 02LS, and it left me with no low beams or high beams at all..

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

outonthetiles wrote:
Mine went out recently on my 02LS, and it left me with no low beams or high beams at all..


That is precisely the reason it needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. When my low beams went out entirely, I was able to get them to fire back up (at least temporarily) by jiggling the MFS. Not exactly an ideal solution.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:45 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I changed the MFS on my 00 last year. It's about a 2 hour job if you realize that you have to pull the 1 pc dash face off first. The tilt wheel lever pulls right out.The lower dash panel also comes out. Then the upper and lower MFS housing can be separated to expose the switch mechanism. 3 screws and out it comes. There are 3 wiring harnesses that have to be pulled out with the switch. The biggest connector must be lined up and connected correctly because the connector pins are very fine and have a tendancy to bend if not lined up and mated correctly.A fun thing to do lying on your back in the footwell with your legs up on the seatback. But it can be done. A word of note- If the car is a keeper get the OEM part instead of aftermarket. The reason being is that GM holds patents on the switch design and for it to be reproduced there have to be changes made: translation-cheaper. It's an expensive part and your best bet is Rock Auto, or DavesDiscountParts.com if they have it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:57 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Umm, its about a 15 minute job, 30 at the most. You do not need to remove the entire dash piece. Just the kick panel and the column shroud.

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