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Old 04-20-2019, 09:03 AM   #1
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Smart wheel head lamp flash switch heating up!

I have a 2014 Aspire with 31,000 miles. When I pulled into the campground in New Orleans I was told I had only one Daytime Running Light on. So I had both lights changed. Great only one worked. I checked the connection and discovered the ground where on the driver side was loose. Great now we should be fine. Nope not the case. While driving down the road with my headlights on, I went to flash my lights at a truck to let him know he was safe to pull in. That is when I discovered the Head Lamp Flash button was HOT, I mean really HOT! So I turned off the headlights and the button cooled off. That is great however now I have no lights. Did I mention the wipers would not turn off unless you press the off button several times. When the lights were off the wipers worked just fine.

When we checked into our next campsite I checked the lights only to find there were many issues with my lights. With the engine running and the parking brake off there was only 1 Daytime Running Light on. When I set the headlight switch to the first position I had 1 DRL, the marker lights, and the TURN SIGNAL LIGHTS on. NO HEAD LIGHTS on. When I set the headlight switch to the second and final position the lights remained the same, NO High/Low head lights. The button still heated up. I called spartan and they first said that was the installer(Entegra) issue. Then he said I should reset the Spartan Control Module. When checking for answer I discovered Vehicle Improvement Products is the manufacturing company for the SmartWheel and they too have a control module. So does anyone have experience with this issue? Which module do I change or reset? I can't drive without lights and I can't drive with a switch over heading. Or at least I don't want to have a over heated switch cause a fire.

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Old 04-20-2019, 10:15 AM   #2
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It sounds like you have multiple problems. And, 9 times out of 10 multiple or cascading electrical issues turn out to be bad grounds.

The actual Smart Wheel itself digital communicates to the Smart Wheel controller. There are four wires that pass through the steering column and through a clockspring that go to the buttons on the wheel. Two wires are for backlighting of the switches while the other two handle digital serial communication between all of the buttons and the Smart Wheel controller. So there's no real power passing up to the wheel other than the backlighting. The other two wires only handle communication codes between the buttons and controllers. Which is hard to understand why they are heating up - unless the controller has a bad ground.

As to the various lights not functioning - everything does go through the Smart Wheel controller so odds are the controller has an issue. The first thing I'd look for is a bad ground. Yet, if one DRL is on and one is off that does indicate a secondary issue. But the no-headlights issue does seem to relate to the controller.
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