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    Headlight issues / question

    When I put my side lights on my low beam also come on but dim like a low voltage is being supplied to them. Is this normal?

    Just I want to add a relay to do a relay mod to give the bulbs full battery voltage as the light output is terrible. I was going to do this by using the low beam feed / wire as a trigger for the relay but when I put the side lights on it activates the relay putting the low beam on as well but at full brightness

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    Yes, normal, but not required, so find the green polo mint tube sized resistor, bin it, insulate the wire connections that come off it and carry on.
    Known in the day as the 'dim dip' function or some such. Was legally required in some countries ISTR.
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    Thanks, where abouts would this polo mint tube resistor be? Somewhere in the engine bay? Thanks

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    On a mk2 it's clipped to the chassis leg just behind the offside headlight in the engine bay, not sure on a mk3, never owned one.
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    Some photos on this thread that may help you locate it. Part way down that page.
    http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=131419.20
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    It is what was known as "dim dip" when it was made a requirement on UK model cars, it din't last long as it was rubbish and was soon dropped. I can't remember where it is on an early Golf 3 but I THINK it is up under the wing behind the drivers headlight on the chassis leg, but it has been a while... The resistor is clipped into a bracket and the body is very dark green and wire wound like an old electric fire with green epoxy over the top and the wires going to it are yellow, if you unplug it normal sidelight operation is restored.

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    Another question on the lights, my golf is fitted with some twin chamber style lights Depo ones, when I activate high beam the lowbeam lights turn off and you seem to loose the light right infront of you and to the sides

    If I pull the stalk slightly before the click i get lowbeam and high beam on at the same time and the light is miles better but driving holding the stick in that position is a pain...

    Is there a way to keep the low beam on as well as the high beam

    If not my other option was going to be to use the positive feed from the highbeam to activate the lowbeam relay but I might need to use a diode to only allow current to go one way

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