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1998 Ford Explorer autolamp delay system keeps turning the headlights off. Is this a fuse or minor problem I can fix? Or do I need a mechanic to fix it?

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I have a 94 Explorer headlights will not go out even when ignition is off and key out.


Headlamp Delay System - Autolamp, Aerostar and Explorer
The autolamp system provides light sensitive automatic on-off control of the exterior lamps normally controlled by the headlamp switch . The autolamp system keeps the lamps on for a preselected period of time after the ignition switch (11572) is turned off. The preselected time lapse can be adjusted by the operator up to three minutes.
On Aerostar, the system consists of a light sensor amplifier (13A018) , automatic headlamp dimmer relay (13A025) , and a time-delay headlamp dimmer sensor control (13C105) which includes an ON/OFF switch.
The Explorer consists of an ON/OFF switch, a light sensor and a time delay control which are part of the inside rear view mirror (17700) and two automatic headlamp dimmer relays .
Connections to the vehicle lamps parallel the connections to headlamp switch requiring the headlamp switch to be turned to the OFF position for the automatic control feature.
In normal operation, the system will turn the exterior lamps on when the natural outside light available to the light sensor amplifier decreases below a predetermined level, such as at sunset. Also, the lamps will automatically turn off when the level of outside light exceeds a predetermined level during daylight hours.
On Aerostar, the light sensor amplifier is mounted under a group of slots in the upper instrument panel in front of the driver. The light sensor amplifier must always be exposed to outside light to function properly. Do not place any items over the group of slots in the upper instrument panel which may block light to the light sensor amplifier.
On Explorer, the light sensor amplifier is on the back side of the interior rear view mirror. Do not place any items on the mirror that will block the sensor.
The headlamp dimmer sensor control thumbwheel is located next to the headlamp switch for Aerostar and on the interior rear view mirror for Explorer. The autolamp system is functional for automatic operation when the on-off control is moved from the OFF position. The closer the control is moved toward the max-delay, the longer the lamps will stay on after the ignition switch is turned off.
Pulling out the headlamp switch will override the autolamp. Automatic operation will not be possible until the headlamp switch is turned off.
Can you operate the headlamps manually, do they work ok? I don't like auto-lamps. Just my opinion.
I thought the above info might help?

Mar 10, 2018 | Cars & Trucks

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1999 Ford Explorer,Door ajar light & Chime goes on & off while driving,int lights & auto headlights won't shut off after car off & all doors closed.


Your best bet would be to find a Tech like this guy , with the right diagnostic equiment . Door Locks Go Crazy 1 Unless you know how to do automotive electrical testing . Your door ajar switch is a input to a body control module . or GEM as ford calls thiers .
Door Locks Go Crazy 2 Your auto lights are controlled pretty much the same .
Electric Testing Techniques You Need to Know

Do you know what DTC"S are ? diagnostic trouble codes ! You probably have a door ajar switch problem . You need a factory or professional type scan tool to check these codes
B1322 Door Ajar Driver Circuit Short to Ground GEM/CTM REFER to Section 417-02 . B1323 Door Ajar Lamp Circuit Failure GEM/CTM REFER to Section 413-01 . B1325 Door Ajar Lamp Circuit Short to Battery GEM/CTM REFER to Section 413-01 . B1330 Door Ajar RF Circuit Short to Ground GEM/CTM REFER to Section 417-02 . B1334 Decklid Ajar Rear Door Circuit Short to Ground GEM/CTM REFER to Section 417-02 . B1338 RR Door Ajar Circuit Short to Ground GEM/CTM REFER to Section 417-02 . B1340 Chime Input Request Circuit Short to Ground GEM/CTM GO to Pinpoint Test C .
  • The Autolamps Are On Continuously
  • Circuitry.
  • Headlamp relay.
  • Light sensor amplifier.
  • Go To Pinpoint Test H .
  • The Autolamp Time Delay Is Inoperative
  • Fuse(s).
  • Light sensor amplifier.
  • Headlamp switch.
  • Circuitry.
  • VERIFY parking lamp operation. If OK, REPLACE the light sensor amplifier. If any parking lamp concerns exist, Parking, Rear and License Lamps REFER to Parking, Rear or License Lamps.

Do you see how complex these systems can be for someone that doesn't deal with these problems on a daily base's ! Check for codes an if there are any , doing the diagnostic's associated with it . Without doing the diagnostic's you could replace parts all day long an not fix the problem .
2002 2005 Ford Explorer Door Ajar Light Common Door Wiring Faults



Apr 23, 2017 | Ford Cars & Trucks

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Wiring diagram for headlight swtch connector 98 Explorer showing wire color coding i.e tan brown, blue orange, black, etc


A chilton book might have it the diagram must be for either non delay/or delay I have some but I'm afraid to give it to you because these although are for fords they might not be the same as yours and could create an electrical fire and I'm not here to destroy your car I will ask some other mechanics for the right ones why do you need this did it fry the connector? ?do you live near s junkyard cut one out and match the wires to that one but make sure it's either delay or non delay it makes a difference

Nov 18, 2016 | 1998 Ford Explorer

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Why wont my 98 Explorer headlights shut off?


Headlight switch? Headlights don't use the fuse panels. Is there a delayed off for the headlights? If so, this module might be defective.

Apr 28, 2014 | 1998 Ford Explorer

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Need a wiring diagram for a 1998 ford explorer headlight switch


The DK BLU/ORG wire from fuse 12 connects to terminal 6. The RED/YEL wire from the multi-function switch connects to terminal 2. A second DK BLU/ORG wire from fuse 12 connects to the multi-function switch and has nothing to do with the headlight switch

Oct 26, 2012 | 1998 Ford Explorer

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MY HEADLIGHTS WONT COME AUTOMATIC WHEN I START MY TRUCK.2002 F150 HAVE TO TURN ON MANUAL. WHATS WRONG


Did you check the fuse for the autolamp module ?

This is fuse 29 in the cab fuse panel.

Next is to check the fuses for the autolamp relays for the parking lamps and the headlamps. These are engine compartment fuses #3 and #6.

You do not make mention if the parking lamps work or not, so I will take it to mean they do not, and I would suspect the fuse for the autolamp module.

Feb 28, 2011 | 2002 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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I have a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. My automatic headlights and auto dimming review mirror are not working. No fuses inside the cab of the truck are blown and dont know which ones under the hood...


The autolamp system, controlled by the vehicle security module, supplies voltage to the same circuits used by the headlamp switch to power the exterior lamps when low light conditions are detected.
Anyone else have or have fixed this problem some help please???? What fixed someone else's vehicle probably won't fix your's .Electronic's involved . Using service repair info. , wiring diagram's an testing the electrical circuits is how professional Technician's fix electrical system problems , not guessing or looking for magical fixes on web sites or forum's.
Visual Inspection Chart Mechanical Electrical
  • Headlamp switch
  • Battery junction box (BJB) fuses:
    • 1 (60A)
    • 16 (15A)
    • 22 (20A)
  • Central junction box (CJB) fuse 20 (5A)
  • Circuitry
  • Photocell sensor
  • Vehicle security module

Plus hooking up a factory scan tool an checking for DTC'S - diagnostic trouble code's .
Vehicle Security Module Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Index DTC Description Source Action B1695 Autolamp On Circuit Failure Vehicle Security Module Go To Pinpoint Test J . B1792 Autolamp Sensor Input Circuit Short to Battery or Open Vehicle Security Module Go To Pinpoint Test J . B1793 Autolamp Sensor Input Circuit Short to Ground Vehicle Security Module Go To Pinpoint Test J . B2661 Parklamp Relay Output Short to Vbatt Vehicle Security Module Go To Pinpoint Test R . B2662 Parklamp Relay Output Open Circuit Vehicle Security Module Go To Pinpoint Test I . B2663 Headlamp Relay Output Short to Vbatt Vehicle Security Module Go To Pinpoint Test F . B2664 Headlamp Relay Output Open Circuit or Short to Vbatt Vehicle Security Module Go To Pinpoint Test H . Symptom Chart Condition Possible Sources Action
  • No communication with the vehicle security module
  • Circuitry.
  • Vehicle security module.
  • REFER to Section 418-00 .
  • The autolamps are inoperative
  • Circuitry.
  • Headlamp switch.
  • Photocell sensor.
  • Vehicle security module.
  • Go To Pinpoint Test G .

Electric Testing Techniques You Need to Know

Sep 19, 2017 | 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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I have a 93 Mercury Grand Marquis and the headlights randomly turn off and on, does anyone know how to solve this?


There are 3 components for the headlights in your dash. The headlight switch, the delay switch, and the autolamp light sensor. If you have the lights manually turned on, without the autolamp position on the switch being on, then the headlight switch is a simple off-on switch.
If the headlight switch is manually on and the lights are cutting out the problem is either the fusible links or bad contacts in the light switch.
If you are using the autolamp position on the light switch, this is a different circuit. The autolamp system needs the light sensor to work. If the light sensor is dangling under the tiny slots in the dash every bump you hit will shake it. Or it can be a broken filament in the light sensor. To test, just eliminate the circuit by using only the manual off-on side of your light switch.

A loose power wire to the light switch (or ground) will affect BOTH the manual and automatic settings. But if the manual setting always works, then its the automatic parts that are broken. The delay switch does not work until after the ignition is off so it can not be the problem while you are driving.

Dec 27, 2009 | 1993 Mercury Grand Marquis

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Headlights do not turn on at the light switch.


manual headlamps

Visual Inspection Chart
Mechanical Electrical
  • Headlamp switch
  • Multifunction switch
  • Central junction box (CJB) fuse:
    • 7 (30A)
    • 30 (15A)
    • 46 (10A)
    • 47 (10A)
  • Circuitry
  • Headlamp bulbs
  • Daytime running lamp (DRL) relay No.1


Autolamps

Visual Inspection Chart Mechanical Electrical
  • Headlamp switch
  • Central junction box (CJB) fuses:
    • 19 (5A)
    • 56 (30A)
  • Circuitry
  • Headlamp bulb
  • Daytime running lamps (DRL) full relay No.1 (if equipped)
  • Vehicle security module
  • Photocell


If autolamp system, Vehicle security module has a headlamp rela inside of it. under left side of dash.

May 26, 2009 | 2002 Ford F250 Super Duty SuperCab

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Which fuse controls auto lamp feature in 2002 Ford F350?


Principles of Operation
The autolamp system provides light-sensitive automatic on/off control of the headlamps and parking lamps controlled by the vehicle security module when the headlamp switch is in the autolamps position. When the ignition switch is turned to the RUN or START position with the autolamps feature already enabled and the ambient light level is dark, the vehicle security module will request the headlamps and parking lamps be turned on. When the autolamps are disabled, the vehicle security module will request the headlamps and parking lamps to be turned off, regardless of the ignition switch position. When the vehicle security module has turned on the exterior lamps and the ignition is turned to the OFF or ACCY position, the exterior lamps will remain on for an additional 20 seconds.
When the autolamps have been enabled and the ignition switch is in the RUN/START position, the vehicle security module will request that the exterior lamps be turned on or off based on ambient light level. If the vehicle enters darkness for at least 15 seconds, the vehicle security module will request the exterior lamps on. If the vehicle enters light for at least 15 seconds, the vehicle security module will request the exterior lamps off. By delaying turning on and off the exterior lamps during short periods of darkness and light, the vehicle security module prevents the exterior lamps from flashing on and off.
Inspection and Verification
  1. Verify the customer concern by operating the autolamps.
  1. Visually inspect the following for obvious signs of mechanical and electrical damage.

    Visual Inspection Chart Mechanical Electrical
    • Headlamp switch
    • Central junction box (CJB) fuses:
      • 19 (5A)
      • 56 (30A)
    • Circuitry
    • Headlamp bulb
    • Daytime running lamps (DRL) full relay No.1 (if equipped)
    • Vehicle security module
    • Photocell

  1. If the concern is not visually evident, determine the symptom and proceed to the Symptom Chart.
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  • The autolamps are inoperative—do not operate correctly
  • Central junction box (CJB) fuse(s):
    • 19 (5A).
    • 56 (30A).
  • Circuitry.
  • Photocell.
  • Headlamp switch.
  • Vehicle security module.
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  • The autolamps are inoperative—do not operate correctly
  • Central junction box (CJB) fuse(s):
    • 19 (5A).
    • 56 (30A).
  • Circuitry.
  • Photocell.
  • Headlamp switch.
  • Vehicle security module.
please rate if if this helps.

Apr 29, 2009 | 2002 Ford F350 Super Duty DRW Reg. Cab

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