My headlights have a simaliar problem, They go out while driving when they are on "auto". It only happens when it is starting to get dark outside, but not completly dark. The big problem is when the lights go out I can not turn them on manually. I have to pull over and turn the car off, restart, then turn my lights on manually. I think it might be some kind of sensor, but Im not sure. Do you think a multiswitch would fix this issue? I would hate to take my car to the dealer and have a $300 bill.
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More than liekly it isn't your switch. You have a ambient light sensor (sometimes called a photocell or amplifier) that detects how dark or light outside which in turn turns the lights on or off. this sensor is located under that "grille" just below the windshield. Sometimes water can stand in there and cause that sensor to go faulty. I say it's that in most cases because a switch, if it goes in most cases it just goes period. It is a fairly common problem also. Hope this helps....
Yes this is a possibility that the auto dip switch sensor or the circuit can be faulty. So flash a torch to check if the auto circuit works or flip to manual mode to check if the headlight relay works.
Make sure that the contacts are clean, the holders are good , the ground connections are good.
Though your car seems fine without using the headlights, you have a charging problem, and need to get a couple things checked out. First make sure your battery connections are clean and tight. Your alternator belt should also be checked to make sure it is serviceable and properly tightened too. Your alternator should be checked under load, and lastly, your battery too. Most auto parts stores, such as auto zone,will check your parts for free,so you should only be spending money on what is broken!
Start by setting your auto headlight switch to off if this solves it replace your headlight switch If your car is equipped with daytime running lights there could be a short bridging them with your auto head lights look for broken or frayed wires do this also if you have installed or had someone install an aftermarket stereo or speakers/sub woofer, amplifier. Good Luck with this
turn the selection knob to auto and leave it there. the lights will automatically come on whenever the sensor on the dash trips. it takes a minute in a tunnel but you will never have to worry if your lights are on.
Yes, the headlights normally will come on during the da. There is a photo sensor that controls this feature. You may refer to your owner's manual before assuming that there is any major issues. It is possible that this feature has been disabled at some point in the past. It is also possible that these "daytime driving lights" will only come on while the vehicle is in gear. In either case, I would definitely refer to your owner's manual to find out the details of how this system works, as many of today's auto manufacturers are starting to use a variety of different methods for enabling/disabling these types of features. Hope this helps and have a great day!