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How many of you like I have left the Headlights on, after you got out of your car and go back 7 to 10 hours later and have a Frigging Dead Battery.
You have to call someone, beg some one to jump your battery, if you have the cables or worse call and wait for AAA.

I have the fix.

The next time you have your dash out,

Remove the Headlight switch.
Remove the Heater Switch.

Locate the Red and Gray wire on the headlight switch and cut them unless you are good at soldering give yourself plenty of wire after the switch connector.


Remove the negative battery lead.

Take the Bare red and gray wires that run to the Fuse box and heat shrink and TAPE them they are live wires.


Take the Gray and Red wires off the switch and strip them.
Add about 3 foot of 16 Ga wire, and SOLDER them all together.


Tape them up good.


Locate your battery in lead on your Heater Blower switch RED/Black strip the insulation back.

Wind the 3 foot of wire from the head light switch under the cluster mount brackets, Strip the end and union splice the wire onto the heater wire.


Solder that junction.


Tape the connection, and replace the Dash.

Now you have Headlights, and Marker Lights that Extinguish with the Key is out of the ignition.

Be Warned that I have relayed my headlights, so there is minimal current going through the head light switch.
The Fuse for the blower is 20amp, so those that are running older unfused cluster lights, now have a fuse.
Since you moved it from a 10amp to a 20amp circuit, you now can burn more wires in a 90ish, than you are used to.


Enjoy...... 30 minute fix.
 

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Thanks Briano. I'll do that next time I have the dash open. My current fix is I keep a spare battery in the trunk.
 

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Thanks Briano. I'll do that next time I have the dash open. My current fix is I keep a spare battery in the trunk.
I had been thinking of this for a while, and was going to buy a Piezo speaker, and wire it in, but last night drizzley rain, foggy I walked out to a dead battery....
About 6:30pm I was thinking I left my lights on.... Well I did.

Speaker be Damned, I wanted those things off PERIOD.

I did something similar to my 81 Diesel Rabbit, and never worried, as a matter of fact, doing this gives you Daytime Running Lights.. :)


If you are attentive, did you notice the heat shrink on the Flasher lead that causes blow fuses?
Another one of my many improvements.

 

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I didn't notice your heat shrink, but I already did that the last time I blew that fuse (last time for blowing fuse, not last time opening dash) when I opened the dash and blew it for the third time. I should have done it the second time I opened the dash (I think I'm going to be in my thirteenth time next time) but I was sure I wouldn't be in there again after two times. Little did I know...
 

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If you would prefer to simply have a "lights on" buzzer warning, make/get yourself one of these:



The mini disconnect goes onto terminal 58L or 58R on the headlight switch. The T-tap splicer goes on the gray wire going to the buzzer/chime relay (terminal K4 on the back of the relay panel). The regular-size disconnect plugs into the T-tap.

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If you would prefer to simply have a "lights on" buzzer warning, make/get yourself one of these:



The mini disconnect goes onto terminal 58L or 58R on the headlight switch. The T-tap splicer goes on the gray wire going to the buzzer/chime relay (terminal K4 on the back of the relay panel). The regular-size disconnect plugs into the T-tap.

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I read that post, and thought on it thought about buying a buzzer add on....... But in the last 3 weeks, I had to Jump my daughter twice, and then the battery died, and after having Jumped my car last night, Enough was Enough..... :)
 

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I like the chime replacement myself. 30 second mod (quick & dirty install is to just run a piece of 20AWG from a side-lights fuse, to the 58 pin on the chime relay.)
And, the Audi "321" chime I have in my Scirocco? Zero chance of ever leaving the lights on. The solid "DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" is outputs for 'lights on' absolutely cannot be ignored. :laugh:

It also means that I've banished the "Mexican hat dance" from the car. ;)

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?5197251-Searching-for-headlight-reminder-chime-mod
 
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