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On saturday i fitted some spotties to my car nothing crazy just standard LF170s they are sweet worked fine ALL saturday night and some of the darkness on sunday. went to work today came out and the battery was flat (left the headlights on AGAIN) battery flat and the aux battery didnt have enough balls to get her started.

So i went back into my work got the computer guy to knock me up a buzzer nothing difficult hooked her up one wire to a illuminated guage thats been there for ages earth and a wire that has power when the car is on from the same switch which has been there for ages works sweet probably the most annoying sound in the world lol but drove from my house to foodland 5mins got some stuff came out and turn my lights on and my spotties come on wtf!! And i cant turn them off bloke in front wasnt impressed @all so i rushed home pull up and one headlight is on and both spotties are on.
switch off the headlights and the spotties stay on wtf!!

turn off my motor and see smoke coming from the light that is still on mmm ok so the plug is compleatly melted couldnt even touch it im not sure if its coincidence or what. I also washed all my engine bay down today as well could of been that or the higher wattage globes might of done it and i didnt even pop a fuse?

Any ideas cheers charlie
 

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Did you use a relay for the spotties ?
 

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yer used a 30 amp relay and had a 15 amp fuse the switch wire for the relay goes from the light on ur dash that tells u your high beams on to the switch from the switch to the relay so if that was wrong it would of melted not the light socket
 

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Hiya Charlie...

Bit hard without actually seeing everything that was done but a few things leap out.

1. GQ's don't have headlight relays so putting in hi-wattage globes (I had 90/130's in mine at one point) means all the current goes thru your stalk switch and can weld it closed plus the aerth side of the headlight plug will melt. That means you must upgrade your headlight wiring and preferably fit relays so the Stalk Switch doesn't crap itself.
Burnt/melted headlight plugs on GQ's is super common for the above reasons

2. The reason the Spotties stay on is there is enough leakage thru the now dodgy stalk switch to hold the spotty relay on and power the spotties. (Why didn't you pull the Spotty fuse at the shops by the way?).

3. Not sure how you have your warning buzzer set up but something doesn't read right in the explanation... I use the door switch for the interior light when I do them

Have a search on here for the solutions 'GQ headlight upgrade' etc and you'll be back in business in no time
 

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Yeah i know how to do the upgrade just not so sure why it took so long to ass out.

So there no relay hey that would explain alot then. so do i now need to get a new indicator stalk as well as loom upgrade.

The buzzer works on two possitives there but if the lights are left on and the ignition is off it makes a horrid noise.

But yer think my globes are about that too
 

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Aaaahhh... I with you on the warning buzzer now.

Jeez, no wonder the plugs melted if you had 90/130's in there. The factory plugs just won't handle that current thru the earth side for any extended time. You may get away with just cleaning the stalk switch, bit fiddly but a few threads on here about it.

Put Relays and heavier wire in your headlight circuit and you'll be grinning. I put the relays in the relay panel next to the battery when I do them. Keeps the wiring run short and gets the most grunt to the lights
 

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I have one of those $5 buzzer alarms (Lumen brand). Works a treat as I have my headlights on during the day a lot when I'm travelling on rural roads.
With my buzzer from memory, I hooked up one wire to the low beam 'cold' wire on the steering column (that becomes 'live' when low beam is turned on), another wire to the ignition 'on' wire, and a ground wire (neg -) too I think ?.
I have 4 spotties never had a prob with them coming on when they're not supposed to.
Sure you didn't hook up one of the buzzers positives to the high beam wire by accident?
High watt globes eg: 90/130 will melt plugs on many vehicles. They put out twice the heat onto the reflector and the wiring is usually always too small.
 

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nah the buzzer is kno where near the headlight wires i got the light wire from a illuminated carling switch and the ignition power also from the switch then a earth. yeah thught the bulbs might of been a bit of a killer. its been probably 6 months though so i dunno if it a coincidence that i got my engine bay all wet and that stuffed it or its been going for a while...

So do i just follow the loom back from the lights or what
 

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If the earth pin at the head light plug did melt and no longer had a connection to ground this could cause his spot lights to come on.


The low beam and high beam filaments ( in the headlight) would now be in series because of no earth, so this would put a feed up to the high beam warning light in the dash, this would be enough to switch his spot light relay on even if he only had it on low beam.
 

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If the earth pin at the head light plug did melt and no longer had a connection to ground this could cause his spot lights to come on.


The low beam and high beam filaments ( in the headlight) would now be in series because of no earth, so this would put a feed up to the high beam warning light in the dash, this would be enough to switch his spot light relay on even if he only had it on low beam.
Well said, Yendor... :D... enough leakage and they 'appear' to come on by themselves. Usually hardly anyone notices the hi-beam warning lamp as you either aren't looking for it or it is quite dim depending on the fault.
 

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there was definatly no hi beam light on or was VERY dim i made sure of that
 
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