306 Headlights - Adam McGee
Hi John, I was wondering if anyone can help me with this problem I have with the electrics on my 306. I have an intermittent problem with the dipped beam on both headlights. The side lights both work, and full beam works but the second click on the stem does nothing. This problem will randomly appear after relatively long periods of working properly and will last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, but it is now becoming a problem with the nights drawing in. I have checked the connections to the bulbs and they seem OK, but I have no idea where to go from here. If anyone has any suggestions or has solved the same problem any info would be greatly appreciated. I have given it to a car electrical bloke to have a look at, he cleaned battery contacts and checked some connections and randomly cured the problem but didn't know how.
Cheers, Adam
306 Headlights - Dynamic Dave
At a guess I would say the fault is with the light switch on the stalk. A high resistant joint might have occured and melted the plastic surround that holds the metal electrical contacts. The metal parts no longer move freely and the spring behind the contacts isn't strong enough to push the metal contact back out of the plastic once it gets pushed in, thus probably getting stuck when you switch between high and low beam. You say that it happens randomly, it could be that the contacts eventually free themselves until the next melting session takes place. Seen it happen on a few Mk3 Escorts.
However, don't take my word for it. I'm not a Pug expert, although I do know that the light stalk is the same as the one they use in the Citroen Berlingo, which I am familiar with.
306 Headlights - Andrew T
As DD says, it sounds like a fault in the stalk switch, or possibly the multi-connector attached to it. I had a similar failure on a 205 last year. The bad news is that these switches are about as complicated as a Rubik cube inside, and basically unmendable - they also cost a bomb, even from a dismantler.
306 Headlights - DJ OLI
dont know whether this problem has been fixed by now or not, dare say it has with it being half a year ago! just recently had the same problem with my 306, it was not the stalk, you may be able to see that the dash board light comes on but the lights do not- this indicates that it is working!
Under the bonnet, on the nearside there will be a black box, inside of which their will be 3 relays, (more if your car is better than mine) and a fuse box, the fuse box seems only to control the heating and fan aspects. but the top two relays, the middle one (green) and the one on the drivers side of it (im useless at describing things!) (grey i think!) control the headlights- by playing with the green one a little and the wires underneath it i temporarily cured this problem. the rubbish thing is, after a few months of serious relay abuse i managed to burn out one of the main wires in the loom! cost £102 to fix from some chimp of an auto electrician (Company name removed)
They took out the dim-dip facility, this is a unit that controls the amount of headlight on when the side-lights are switched on.

Hope this helps somebody a little more than the help and support i recieved from those useless Auto Electricians!!
306 Headlights - Dynamic Dave
DJ OLI,

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