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Headlight and tail lights

Why is it the headlights and tail lights come on when you turn on the key and you cant turn them off with the switch. this is a 1996 olds cutlass ciera

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Some cars automatically turn running lights or headlights on for added safety. Perhaps yours does. It should tell in your manual.

Posted on Aug 01, 2010

  • dsbu May 12, 2012

    When day time running lights are on the tail-lights shouldn't be. You have a problem with the DLR sensor or the daylight sensor hole on your dash is covered or plugged.

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