I've had an intermittent problem with my dipped headlights for some time and I now need to ask for some advice! They keep going onto dim-dip (i.e. sidelights with the engine running) for no apparent reason. It can go for months without being a problem, then for a while they are completely unreliable. Main beam is fine, as are sidelights (engine off) and dim-dip (engine on). I used to be able to fix it for a short period of time by leaving the headlight switch on dipped headlights (position 2 if you consider position 1 being sidelights) and switching the engine off. This brings them back to proper dipped headlights, and they often stay working properly for a good period of time - sometimes for weeks on end. Until tonight that is. I went to the car this evening, and no matter where the switch was, I only got sidelights / dim-dip, whether the engine was running or not. Again, the main beam was fine. What worries me most was when the switch was turned to position 2, there was a brief smell of burning. Now I'm no mechanic (anybody who knows me will tell you that I am totally mechanically inept) but even I recognise that this is not a good sign. I suspect the relay unit because I have heard it clicking in and out when the problem has been happening. Now, as at this time of year I hardly ever drive in the dark my main concern is stopping the car bursting into flames (until I can get the unit replaced). If I was able to find the relay and take it out, would that make it safe? And what would happen to the lights; would they be permanently off, or would they always be on dipped headlights, even when the switch is in the sidelights position? Or would they not work at all? Any help you can give would be much appreciated! Oh, by the way, it is a 1998 Rover 114 GSi, in case that make any difference.