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Fog lights problem - they come on by themselves and then don't work anymore

Just wondering if anyone has seen this problem...

I have an '06 Ridgeline. I run my fog lamps and the switch stay on all the time. Just last week, a next door neighbor called one night to say my lights were on. Turns out just the fog lights were on. They came on by themselves. They have never done that. So I turn the switch off.

A day or two later while driving, I tried to turn the fog lights on but they wouldn't come on. And they won't come on any more. The switch lights up, but no lights.

I read on this forum that they run on a 20amp fuse. So I checked them all, in all 3 fuse boxes. None are blown. This is the strangest problem.

Anyone have any ideas or run across this before?

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I run my fog lamps and the switch stay on all the time.
Did you mod the the switch/connection so that they stay on all the time or do you mean that you keep the switched depressed (on).

If it is the former, I would set them up the way they were supposed to work. If they work like normal, then it would suggest it's the mod. From there you need to troubleshoot the mod.


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Did you mod the the switch/connection so that they stay on all the time or do you mean that you keep the switched depressed (on).

If it is the former, I would set them up the way they were supposed to work. If they work like normal, then it would suggest it's the mod. From there you need to troubleshoot the mod.
Thanks for your reply. No, no mods done at all. Just all of a sudden, they came on one night by themselves. Flipped the switch off. They operated once or twice by switch after that. Now they won't come on at all. Very strange situation.
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Re: Fog lights problem - they come on by themselves and then don't work anymore

From your original post it sounds like you did the install yourself. I don't have a solution for you but if it were me I would double check all connections using the original install manual found here:

http://www.bernardiparts.com/Images/...s_AII28603.pdf

Also, if that fails, you can try replacing the switch. If they were bought less than a year ago the parts are under warranty.

Let us know where you get.

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Also, here's the electrical schematic.
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Also, here's the electrical schematic.

Thanks for the additional documents. I'll give them a look over.

I don't know, but I would think it's not the switch. The indicator light in the switch comes on, but the fog lamps do not. This one is a head scratcher.

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Re: Fog lights problem - they come on by themselves and then don't work anymore

Okay, first things first. Get your battery tested. I know it sounds silly, but you'd be surprised.

The only real way to diagnose an electrical problem is to start at one end and move step-by-step to the other. I know it's a PITA, but I've "been there done that." You'd be surprised what a bad switch can do. However I suspect a bad relay. If I recall correctly, Honda had an issue a while back with fuel pump relays crapping out after a few years. The solder on one of the circuits would develop a hairline crack, rendering that circuit inoperable. Could be a similar situation.

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Re: Fog lights problem - they come on by themselves and then don't work anymore

Key to remember is that there are multiple hot wires here. The indicator lamp isn't the same hot wire on the switch going to the lamps.

I'd bet on the relay first. If that proves not to be it then the switch. Relays are cheap. Switch is more expensive. Should be easy to check with ohm meter



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Key to remember is that there are multiple hot wires here. The indicator lamp isn't the same hot wire on the switch going to the lamps.

I'd bet on the relay first. If that proves not to be it then the switch. Relays are cheap. Switch is more expensive. Should be easy to check with ohm meter
I didn't think about a relay. Now to find the little bugger...
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Re: Fog lights problem - they come on by themselves and then don't work anymore

Weren't fog lights standard on the '06 RTL? If not, what year did FL become standard on the RTL trim?

To find the relay/fuses, go to this site and look for the 2006 fog light installation instructions:
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