Well got lucky. The work was under warranty and the problem turned out to be a "malfunction switch" (which I suspect is a "malfunctioning" switch) a.k.a. relay in the steering wheel column. The relay ties into the turn signal arm on the steering wheel and controls high beam/low beam, headlights, and turn signals as well as interior and dash lighting. When this relay switch gets wet (which apparently was the issue), it can cause all sorts of things to happen to your lights, blinkers, etc..., like where my headlamps came on immediately upon starting the vehicle, and no "clicking sound" or blinking lights for turn signals. The hazards worked fine though, of course they're on a different relay switch.
Last edited by Drake69; 11-18-2009 at 01:03 PM.