Headlight Switch Problems of Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Impala owners have reported 54 problems associated with headlight switch (under the exterior lighting category).
#1 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
We were driving our 2004 Chevrolet Impala this evening and have been having issues for the past month with the headlights. The dim lights would not work at all, only the brights worked. This evening, we smelled something burning and suddenly the multifunction switch was smoking and on fire. We shut off the car and waved the fire out, luckily we got out safe. We now have no headlights and had to have the vehicle towed. I have seen that this is a problem with many Impalas and Chevrolet needs to take action. Someone could be injured in an accident due to their lights failing or get injured because their car starts on fire. It's a lawsuit waiting to happen. The failure date was 07/07/2013.
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#2 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle having this issue was a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. Last July the dash lights and interior panel lights stopped working. They could be made to work intermittently by wiggling the headlamp switch and / or banging on the instument panel. Last night my son was driving home at approximately 9:30 pm on a 4 lane secondary road at approximately 45 mph in moderate traffic and all of the headlamps went out with no warning, leaving him unable to see the road ahead. He ran over a curb, but was able to maintain control of the vehicle and bring it to a stop in a nearby parking lot. He and his passengers (2) were very shaken emotionally. The car was left there overnight. When it was picked up during the daylight hours today, the headlights were working again. After driving it home and turning the headlights on and off manually, they quit again. They could be made to work intermittently by wiggling the dimmer switch / turn signal lever on the steering column. I called the Chevrolet dealership nearby and was told that this was a common problem and the part was over $500. I believe this to be a severe safety problem if this is common to these vehicles, as my son and his passengers could have been seriously if not fatally injured had the circumstances been different. It was July 12, 2012 when this headlight switch issue happened.
#3 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala
The car involved is a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. Low-beam headlights have failed to come on and will no longer function. High-beams and daytime running lights still function, but at dusk the low-beams will fail to light; however high-beams can be used instead creating a traffic hazard. I replaced the multi-function switch with a new switch, and replaced the relay with a known good working relay. The relay will still work and actuate indicating that the relay is not the problem. I checked the bulbs and they are still good, fuses are fine, 12v positive power is present at the bulb, but the ground is not activated on either side at any time. All problems point to a bad body control module (bcm). I have checked online and there are many many complaints about this vehicle with the same problem. If the low-beam headlights fail on somebody while they are driving, it could cause a crash and with that comes the possibility of the fatality of the driver and passengers. The bcm computer is known to cause many problems with starting the vehicle, flashing the lights both interior and exterior and these will cause safety issues with the vehicle. This headlight switch issue occurred Sat., Aug. 11, 2012.
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#4 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle having this issue was a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. Tonight, my headlights would not come on. I eventually flicked the low/high beam switch and they came on. About three weeks ago, I was driving home at about 55 mph in the dark on a single lane country road. The lights went out, they came back on for a moment, and then they went completely out. I drove home slowly with the emergency flashers on. If I had not been alert, I could have easily crashed. This is a serious issue. This headlight switch problem happened on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.
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#5 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala
This report is about sudden and repeated headlight electrical system failure in a 2005 Chevrolet Impala sedan, and a request for a nationwide safety recall and repair at gm expense for this issue. After getting in my 2005 Impala sedan at approximately 4:55 pm on 16 February 2012, I started up and drove out on the road then I smelled burning plastic and noticed the headlights (low beam) were out. I tried the high beams and they worked as did the left and right turn signals, the windshield wiper controls and the cruise control functioned. As darkness increased I had to hold the switch in the high beam position so I could see to drive so I could get home. From what I could determine the problem seems to be in the wiring to/from the multifunction light control switch or maybe it is the switch itself on the steering column. The fuses and relays and the all seemed to be in working order but the low beam lights still did not work. This failure is extremely dangerous and happens without warning. This is the second time this has happened to me now. With dealer parts cost for a replacement multifunction light switch at $350. 00 alone, not to mention labor costs and the criticality of lights while driving means this should be a required safety recall item. I have searched mechanical forums on this subject and there are many such occurrences documented, but gm does not seem to think there is a common problem or a reason to investigate and fix the malfunction. This problem is common knowledge at gm dealerships nationwide. Smelling burning plastic is an indication of a serious electrical problem which could lead to an onboard fire in the car in addition to causing injury and or death from a sudden light outage at night. Again, I request a nationwide safety recall and repair be initiated as it appears to be a manufacturing defect and an extreme safety issue. It was Feb. 16, 2012 when this headlight switch issue happened.
#6 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala
Consumer has a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph after attempting to dim the headlights, all of the lights failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure but stated that the dimmer switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 59,000 and the current mileage was 80,000. This headlight switch problem happened on 04/04/10.
#7 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
The reporting person owns a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph with the headlights activated and suddenly without warning the headlights stopped illuminating for a few seconds. The same malfunction recurred on three separate occasions. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000. Updated 03/14/lj the multi-function switch was replaced at a cost of $ 495. 78. This headlight switch problem happened on 12/23/2011.
#8 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved is a 2002 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the headlights malfunctioned when switching from low beams to high beams. The manufacturer was notified, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was now experiencing another new safety concern in regards to the pass lock, where the components were wearing out. The security system would not recognize the key when it was inserted into the ignition. This locked the contact in the vehicle and prevented it from starting. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle had not been driven since this pass lock failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 102,000. It was Thursday, May 12, 2011 when this headlight switch issue occurred.
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#9 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved was a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. Yesterday, 12/1/2011, my passenger headlight failed. Over a year ago, I had went to replace the bulb, and it came on after jarring it, so I waited to replace the bulb until today. This morning, neither bulb worked. Thinking this may be a problem with the headlight switch, I turned automatic lighting off, then back on. That failed, however the brights did work. I pulled over and rapped on the driver headlight housing a few times, and the light came on. Then I did the same to the passenger side, which also came on. Very unsafe to affect the visibility of a driver, especially since I suspect this can happen while driving, or leave somebody stranded at work when they go to leave and have no headlights. This problem occurred on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
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#10 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved is a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. Roughly around 2 1/2 to 3 years ago, I was driving across a levee when my headlights went completely went out-the lights came back on the next day. Then again 2 days later went completely out, therefore, I had the dimmer switch replaced. 2 months ago my headlights went out again. This time when they came back on, they only worked on bright. I cannot dim my lights and have been pulled over twice-once by a state trooper and another time by the local police department. This problem occurred on Thursday, June 2, 2011.
#11 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala
The owner has a 2002 Chevrolet Impala. While driving at night approximately 65 mph, the low beam headlights failed to illuminate without warning; therefore, the contact activated the high beam headlights and continued to drive. The vehicle was previously repaired twice in 2009 for the similar failure where the dimmer switch assembly was replaced each time. The contact planned to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 77,936. It was Mar. 25, 2009 when this headlight switch issue occurred.
#12 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved is a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. The headlights on my 2004 chevy Impala just suddenly went out during night time driving. The only thing that would give me any light was to hold back on the dimmer switch lever. I have since learned that this malfunction has happened to hundreds of owners of Impalas. The switch is quoted as costing over $500 and instalation another $200. That's alot for a commonly defective plastic part! it's also a very poor design to have all headlights go out simply because the dimmer switch is malfunctioning. This issue happened on Sunday, June 12, 2011.
#13 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved was a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. I own an 05 Impala we have had the headlight fail on us about 6-12 times we will be driving down the road and the headlights will go out I have tried running with the switch on and they still go out its has even happened to me on a curve I just about put the car in the ditch ive asked my dad witch is a gm certified mechanic about it and there's not a known problem that he knows of I would like this fixed before I do go in the ditch and my family is with or I get a call from the cops that my wife has smashed the car there is a problem and gm should have to fix the problem before some one is killed from it. This headlight switch issue occurred Friday, Aug. 31, 2007.
#14 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle is a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. Tuesday, 1/27/09, while driving on a local country road to work at 6:15 am, vehicle headlights and other exterior lights went dark. Dashboard lights stayed on, but other exterior lights went dark for 8 to 10 seconds. Same thing occurred again Monday morning, 02/02/09. No dimming or warning, lights just went off and I was driving in darkness. 02/03/09 took Impala to gm dealer to run diagnostic. They determined problem with the multifunctional high/low beam lever switch (this unit also houses the cruise control, windshield wipers, and directional light controls). Est for repairs $735. 00. 02/07/09 had the unit replaced at another garage for $435. 00. I kept the defective unit. Have since done research to find other people reporting this same problem occurring on other Impalas ranging at least from model years 2001 thru 2005. In some cases the headlights stayed on, but they were unable to switch the headlights between high and low beam. I feel this is definitely a safety issue. I contacted gm customer service to relate what happened as I believe this is a very serious problem. I feel that due to the high potential for accidents involving injury or even death, this multifunctional lever switch should be "recalled". It was Tuesday, January 27, 2009 when this headlight switch issue occurred.
#15 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala
The car is a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The VIN of the car is 2G1WF52E05_. Had problems with headlights going out weather it's low beam or high beam mechanic had to replace turn signal/high beam switch and then that one only lasted 3-4 months. This could really pose a danger has the headlights go out completely, the only thing I could due is hold back on lever to keep high beams activated. The marker lights would stay on. To have this work done is getting expensive if I have to keep replacing this switch. Any help or suggestions would be helpful. I bought this vehicle used 2005 chevy Impala. It was Tuesday, February 10, 2009 when this headlight switch issue happened.
#16 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala
The car is a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. I own a 2005 Impala LS and while driving at night the headlights go out. This has happened 12 times with my vehicle. The last time it happened I was driving on the interstate at 75mph and they went out. I cycled the light switch 3 times and they went back on. I have done some research on the internet and have found over 60 people reporting the same problem. I think there are a lot more people with this problem that haven't reported it. I contacted gm but had no luck. This is a serious problem and would like to know who I need to contact before anyone gets in an accident and gets hurt or dies. It was Dec. 1, 2009 when this headlight switch issue occurred.
#17 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle having this issue was a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 2G1WF52EX5_. Headlights and dash lights go out when bright beam is turned on. When you switch back to dims it comes back on. Afraid to use the high beams. Has happened twice since owning this vehicle. No recalls on this issue. The failure date was Jan. 12, 2010.
#18 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved was a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. Driving at night, headlights go out within 30-60 seconds of switching from low beams to high beams. Headlights stay out until the high beam switch is flipped again. It started happening once in a great while spring of '09. As time has passed, it now occurs almost every time high beams are used. Cannot find a dealer or mechanic that can duplicate the problem with the car in possession, or that has a solution for the problem. It was Sunday, May. 23, 2010 when this headlight switch issue happened.
#19 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
2004 Chevrolet Impala - the headlights will go out without any warning while you are driving down the road. This is extremely dangerous! I am still in the process of trying to figure out how to get this problem corrected. I have already had the light sensor replaced and the bcm replaced. Neither of these corrected the problem. After many days and hours of research, I think it may be related to the multi-function switch on the steering column. This must become a recall as this endangers many lives!. This headlight switch problem happened on Saturday, October 13, 2007.
#20 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
The car is a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. My 2004 Impala has problems with it's light/dimmer switch. One has to click the handle twice in order to dim/brighten the lights. A couple of time the dash lights and headlights all went completely out when I tried to dim/brighten the lights. This is a hazard. There should be a recall!!!!!. This problem occurred on 02/10/09.
#21 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
The car involved is a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. The headlights go completely out occasionally when switching on the high beams. It has done this intermittently for some time. They will come on when you switch them again. The car is a 2004 Chevrolet Impala ss. It first started it about 2 yrs ago. It was Jan. 5, 2009 when this headlight switch issue happened.
#22 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
Consumer owns a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 55 mph at night, the high beam headlights failed to operate when activated. The contact's visibility was extremely poor and she pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road. She had to manually hold the dimmer switch while driving to ensure the activation of the headlights. The vehicle was able to be driven normally, but has not been repaired. The VIN was not accepted by the system. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 70,000. Updated 5/26/09 updated 05/28/09. This headlight switch problem happened on Wednesday, March 25, 2009.
#23 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. 2004 Impala headlights go out unexpectedly while driving at night but will come back on if the dimmer switch is used. . Dash lights and headlights dim when stopped at traffic light. It was Saturday, December 26, 2009 when this headlight switch issue happened.
#24 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved is a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. Total headlight failure while driving at 65 mph on u. S. Highway 287 north of ft collins, CO. The failure occurred when changing from low to high beams on the headlights. This has happened many times since the first time last fall but we now have the fog lamps on so when they fail we at least have some light though it is minimal. We then have to flip the hi-lo switch several times to get the low beams back on. There has been occasion that after we get the high beams to work after a few minutes they will just go out completely. I have researched this problem online and have found there are probably hundreds of people that have had similar problems with the multiswitch gm used on 2000-2005 vehicles. The cost to replace this switch is outrageous $300. 00- $600. 00 so I'm sure there are a lot of vehicles on the road that pose a hazard due to this faulty switch. My girlfriend who owns this car lives on a narrow winding mountain road and has had these headlight failures in the middle of curves and it is very scary for her and passengers. If you could investigate this situation I would greatly appreciate it. This headlight switch issue occurred Thursday, September 10, 2009.
#25 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
In my 2004 Chevrolet Impala night driving is unsafe. I will be driving down the road when its dark and I will have a chance to turn on my bright headlights for a better vision of the road. After turning them on I can drive about 5 or so miles and the headlights will shut off. The only way to regain the headlights is by turning off the brights. You loose all lights, not just the brights. The only lights on are the parking lights. Very unsafe and you cannot see the road. Also everyones in awhile the lights will blink. It happens at least once every time if I go on at least a 20 minute drive and are turning brights on and off. No buttons are involved when the lights go out. They just automatically shut off by themselves. Very scary and very unsafe if you don't know how to get them working again. Have heard that it may be the brights switch but those are way overpriced. This problem occurred on Nov. 11, 2010.
#26 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved is a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. There have been numerous occurrences of this incident during the last year; the latest being last night. Last night, I was running somewhere between 55 and 60 mph on a very dark night with my bright lights on when all of a sudden my headlights went out. The instrument panel lights remained lit. After frantically activating the steering column bright/dim switch, the dim lights came back on. This is a very dangerous situation because we live down long, curvy mountain back roads that are not lit. This is a very serious safety issue that is going to get someone killed. My research reveals that there have been untold numbers of identical incidents involving the 2004 Impala. I am not going to pay a tax payer bailed out general motors to fix a design related safety issue. Before I do, I will contact my attorney and initiate a class action law suit. Is it going to take the needless death of many people to get gm to fix this problem? hello out there. Is anyone listening?. The failure date was January 25, 2010.
#27 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. The VIN of this vehicle was 2G1WF52E94_. Headlights went out completely after dark at 55 mph . The problem is in the quality of the high /low beam selector I was told . I am replacing the third switch this week 3/16/11 since 09/20/09 . This to me seems to be a gm safety problem which I think should be a mfg recall . Have owned many of vehicles and never totally lost headlights . The cost is also unheard of can be $500 or more. This issue happened on 09/20/09.
#28 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala
Consumer owns a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the headlights suddenly failed. The contact had to utilize the high beam headlights in order to illuminate the roadway. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised him that the bright and dim switch would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000. Updated 5/24/11 the consumer stated the manual switch did not work. The consumer stated he had to use the highbeam lights. Updated 096/03/11. This issue happened on Sunday, March 6, 2011.
#29 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala
The car is a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. : the contact stated while driving various speeds at night there was a complete loss of the headlights without warning. The vehicle was seen by a dealer and a diagnostic test was performed. A code indicated there was a failure of the multi function headlight switch. This happened 3 times over a month span. Dealer replaced multi function headlihts. This headlight switch issue occurred Mar. 30, 2006.
#30 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle involved is a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. : the contact stated while driving various speeds at night with the low beam headlights engaged, the headlights intermittently failed to illuminate. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who replaced the headlight switch. Updated 12/12/2006 - on three separate occasions while the consumer was driving at night the headlight went out when switched from high beam to low beam. The lights did not come back on until the consumer begun to jiggle the multifunction switch. The power windows would not go down. The dealer replaced the master window switch. This problem occurred on Oct. 23, 2006.
#31 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala
The car is a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The headlights are difficult to switch from high to low beam on my 2003 chevy Impala. The headlights have turned completely off during evening driving three different times. We have yet to correct the failure, although intend to replace the switch. These incidents appear to correlate directly with NHTSA action number : pe06017. It was Nov. 13, 2007 when this headlight switch issue happened.
#32 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala
The vehicle was a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. My head lights failed on my 03 Impala. This is the third time that it has happened. Its something that doesn't happen everyday. But this last time really made me fear for my life. I was coming home at night about to some to a curve going 40 mph when all of a sudden the headlights went off. I almost went into the ditch and there was a pole right there I could of hit. I came online to try to find out if anyone else had this problem and that lead me to this website. Im really afraid if I didn't go ahead and do this that I would regret it. You people need to know that more people are having this problem and that its not a safe. I'd feel really guilty if this might have killed someone if it already hasn't. This is a problem that needs to be address!. It was January 25, 2008 when this headlight switch issue happened.
#33 - Headlight Switch problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala
The car was a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. Driving at night using the auto headlight function, the headlight fail (quit) on highbeam. At 75 mph this can be a life threatening experience, I was luckily on a straight road at the time. When it happened I tried turning the lights on with the switch, pushed and pulled it and that did not work. I came to a stop and was going to get out of the car and the lights came back on. This has happened about 9 times. It only does it on high beam setting, it has not done it when the switch is pulled to the "on" position as of yet. It was Monday, April 14, 2008 when this headlight switch issue occurred.
Other Exterior Lighting related problems of Chevrolet Impala:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Headlight Switch problems||54|
|Turn Signal problems||45|
|Exterior Lighting problems||35|
|High/low Beam Switch problems||28|
|Hazard Flashing Warning Light Switch problems||26|
|Turn Signal Switch problems||23|
|Hazard Flashing Warning Light Unit problems||13|
|Hazard Flashing Warning Light problems||12|
|Turn Signal Flasher Unit problems||8|
|Headlight Concealment Device problems||4|
|Fog Light Switch problems||3|
|Back Up Lights problems||3|
|Brake Light problems||2|
|Tail Light problems||2|
|Fog Lights problems||1|