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Old 01-10-2018, 07:45 PM
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Default Intermittent wipers and headlights

Recently discovered that if I turn the wipers on in the intermittent mode while the headlight switch is OFF, the headlights will come on during the single wipe of the wipers and then go off. When time for the next wipe, headlights go on and off again. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. However, if I turn the headlight switch on ON, everything operates as normal. Don't want to drive down the road flashing my lights at everyone and I really don't think this is a "safety feature" to remind me to turn on the lights.
This is just one of those niggling little quirks that bugs the heck out of me so, does anyone have any ideas where to start to troubleshoot this?
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One place that control of the headlights and wipers come together is in the multifunction switch - controls everything for the wipers and the high/low beam selection for the headlights. But IMHO, the more likely culprit is the Central Timer Module, which controls all interior and exterior lights and the intermittent wipe feature of the wipers (and many other things like door locks, etc).

I had an issue with the CTM on mine, but the symptoms only affected the lighting. Intermittently, everything - headlights, taillights, instrument panel lighting, etc - would go out for a couple of seconds. Gets your attention when driving at night! Following troubleshooting in the FSM, I eliminated other possibilities and bought a used CTM on eBay. Took 15 minutes to install it, and I haven't had a problem since.

Note that on my 2003 Dakota, the CTM is much easier to get to. On the 2001, I think you have to remove the glove box to get to it.
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Much thanks OldMarine. This issue is one that I'll look into once the weather warms up since all I have to do is just turn on the lights. Besides, working on a vehicle, or doing anything else for that matter, in the cold, just doesn't appeal to me unless I have no choice.
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