[DML] DMCH headlight switch problem/trouble
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[DML] DMCH headlight switch problem/trouble



List & James

I am having some difficulty with the new switch from DMCH. I followed 
the instructions very carefully, double checking myself at each step. I 
opted to connect the "auto off" feature. There seems to be a problem 
with it and was wondering if any other people have had the same 
problem(s). I checked all crimps, connections for play, etc.

 From what I understand, when the switch is turned on, either in parking 
lights only mode or headlight mode, the unit will "auto off" when the 
power is cut to the unit via key being turned to the "0" and/or removed 
from the ignition cylinder. This doesn't seem to be the case with my unit.

With the key inserted and turned to the "I" position, headlight switch 
engaged fully (headlights), if the key is turned back to "0" the 
headlights turn off immediately.

With the key inserted and turned to the "II" position, headlight switch 
engaged fully (headlights), if the key is turned back to "0" the 
headlights turn off immediately.

With the key inserted and turned to the "II" position, headlight switch 
engaged fully (headlights), if the key is turned back to the "I" the 
headlights will "auto off" in 20-22 seconds (the LED [in the switch] 
will blink rapidly during this period). Though this scenario works, it 
doesn't work every time. At times, the LED will not blink; it will stay 
lit and the headlights will remain on.

Also, my parking lights stuck in the ON position (once) regardless of 
how many times I pushed in the switch and cycled the key in the 
ignition. The only way to turn off the parking lights was to disconnect 
the battery. There were times where the headlights would not engage if 
the switch was depressed too quickly, but most times, the speed didn't 
affect its operation. I played with different lengths of time between 
actions, but it didn't make the switch auto off any different. Actually, 
this seemed to confuse the switch and caused the above mentioned  
scenarios (more than once).

When engaging parking lights, the LED would blink once, dim and then 
come to full brightness. When pressing a second time, to engage 
headlights, the LED would blink twice, dim and then come to full brightness.

Should the "auto off" feature work when the key is turned to the "0" 
and/or removed from the ignition cylinder? This would make sense, right? 
Am I wrong with the way this feature works? Has anyone else experienced 
this scenario? Could I have a defective switch/control box?

Thanks,
- Joshua Schwartz
Monroe, CT
001292 - DMCH headlight switch
020098 - DMC OEM switch

BTW, the addition of the red LED for the hazard switch was a nice touch. 
I was amazed that the original switch was missing this all these years. 
I was so used to the old green/blue color, that when I changed it to the 
LED, I was very impressed. Now, if there was a control box that would 
make the hazard light switch blink when the switch was engaged...



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