- Mar 5, 2018
The low beams on my 1997 Toyota Tercel would not turn on occasionally a few days ago, but the high beams worked every time I turned them on. Also, when the low beams were on the blue high beam light would be on on the dash, or when I turned the low beams on sometimes the blue high beam light would flash on for a split second. While driving around at night a couple days later I smelled something burning and could feel warmth coming through the plastic shroud that covers the steering column at the base of the turn signals/headlights/windshield sprayer control arm. I removed the housing and disconnected the connector or plug that is nearest the control arm. One of the wire holes in the connector is burned black. I guess this is the hole that the low beam or high beam wire goes through. It's the bottom left corner wire hole when sitting in the seat. The metal piece at the end of the wire is charred. Could the connector be faulty and be allowing wires to touch each other, or could the metal piece that attaches the wire to the connector be faulty, or could there be a short along that wire somewhere else? What caused the wire to burn the connector at the end of the wire? Since recognizing the burned plug hole, I turned the dash lights off and have not turned the high beams on for the last couple nights that I have been driving, and I have not noticed any burning at the plug. I've kept the shroud off so I can feel the plug and have not noticed any heat or burning odor, but the plug does feel a little warm at times. On the night when I noticed the burning odor and felt the heat at the plug I turned the dash lights off and am pretty sure doing so reduced the burning. I replaced the original dash bulbs with LEDs a couple months ago. Thanks for any replies.