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Day time running lights wont turn on automatically but i can turn them manually and high beams turn on manually no prob, whats my issue?

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You're car have a photo cell sensor that reeds light or darkness,if these sensor fail you're auto light will-not work.the easy way to check is look in top of you're dash you'll see a little round blue circle, that is the photo cell sensor unplug it and turn you're ignition on, now you have lights,buy a new photo cell sensor

Posted on Aug 27, 2010

  • kokanee4me Aug 27, 2010

    funny thats what a buddy said too. I took a very detailed look and cant find the photo cell sensor, i guess your right i gootta buy a new one. thank you for your response

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My wife has a Ford Freestar day running lights dont work when you put the high beams on the lights go out what should be my next step


When you turn on the high beams the light's go out , what lights ? DRL - daytime running lamps are suppose to go out with low or high beams are turned on . Or is it when you turn headlamps on high there are no light on at all ?

Sep 09, 2016 | Ford Freestar Cars & Trucks

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No low beam. Good high beam. No day lights. What's wrong?


No on the fuse . The LH HDLP and RH HDLP fuse in the fuse block - under hood, supply battery positive voltage to both low and high beam lamps at all times. For manual operation, when the headlamp switch is in the ON position, the headlamp switch supplies ground directly to the headlamps and to the body control module (BCM) on the headlamp low or high beam signal circuit, depending on the position of the headlamp dimmer switch. The BCM uses this signal to determine if the conditions are present to illuminate the daytime running lamps or park lamps.
The headlamps may be turned on 2 different ways. First, when the driver places the headlamp switch in the ON position, for manual operation. Second, with the headlamp switch placed in the OFF position activating automatic lamp control (ALC).For ALC operation, the BCM receives a signal from the ambient light sensor indicating a low or high ambient, outside, light level. Under low light conditions the BCM grounds the headlamp relay control circuit energizing the headlamp control relay. The now closed relay supplies ground through the headlamp switch to the headlamps and the BCM on the headlamp low or high beam signal circuit, depending on the position of the headlamp dimmer switch. When the BCM grounds the headlamp relay control circuit it also grounds the park lamp relay control circuit illuminating the park lamps. The headlamp relay is grounded at G203.
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
The low beam headlamps operate at reduced intensity when in daytime running lamps (DRL) mode. The ground circuit to the switch side of the DRL relay has a resistor in-line to reduce the intensity of the low beam headlamps for DRL operation. The body control module (BCM) receives a signal from the ambient light sensor indicating a low or high ambient, outside, light level. Under daylight conditions the BCM grounds the DRL relay control circuit energizing the DRL control relay. The now closed relay supplies ground directly to the low beam headlamps and to the BCM on the headlamp low beam signal circuit. The low beam headlamps now illuminate with reduced intensity. The DRL relay is grounded at G203. Any time the headlamps are illuminated the DRL will not illuminate. Manual park lamps do not effect DRL operation.

Feb 23, 2016 | 2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS

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My high beam light is flashing on and off in day but when I turn the lights on it goes off. Also, I now have now day time running lights.


Daytime running Light module is overheating / it reduces power to low beam to create daytime running light . Ask yourself do I need this - If no law against it = UNPLUG control module . Your low beams will operate normal by turning on switch - Lever / Turn switch will turn on Highbeams but this switch can be Lose internally and Only cure is replace Signal Light Steering wheel switch . Common issue for all Cars is switch stalk / Lever is worn out by Aggressive use. If your car has Automatic light control - re they turn off after 30 second delay when you exit car - Try putting switch in manual mode means you Turn on - off by switch . But I really feel signal stalk is worn . DRCM is a known issue that can be unplugged . Final cheap solution unplug both high beams an Drive on low beam . $$$$$$$ spent chasing small problem will destroy $$$ needed for Bigger issues .

Jun 30, 2014 | 1996 Pontiac Grand Am

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My daytime running lights work, high beams will come on but switch wont stay on, have to hold it. Low beams do not work and daytime running light dash indicator stays on all the time. Is it a relay or...


if you have to hold the switch so the high beams stay on then that indicates a bad/worn switch,you could have 2 problems the day time running light relay may have a problem with it.i would first replace the headlight switch at the base of the steering colume as by the info you supply its not changing to the high beam side without holding the switch in position.

May 25, 2011 | 1998 Pontiac Sunfire

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Head light problems sometimes they will not shut off sometimes they (low beams) come on by themself high beam will not shut off


Are you sure there not running in daytime running light, when you think high beams are on

Also, there is sensor on the dash, usally on the speaker grate, that senses night and day. In the daytime your headlights will automatically come on when your car is in drive, and be on the high beam bulb, but dimmer than regular. At night, or in low light conditions, your lights will automatically switch from daytime lights to regular low beams. And yes, even when your switch on the dashis turned off, your lights work automatically.

To turn of the auto setting, just push the override button for your dome light, in and out 3 times, you should hear a chime, and your lights should shut off. This setting resets everytime you shut your vehicle off. Or to turn the auto setting back on, push the over ride button 3 more times.

Apr 15, 2011 | 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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Day time running light and low beams stopped


I would say your light switch is either dirty or bad.
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Feb 04, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet Impala

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2003 GMC Sierra....The headlights wont come on. They come on when I put the key in and just turn it like to turn on the radio. But as soon as I start the engine they go out. This is true with having the...


So what do you see come on besides the parking lights? Do you see the high beams come on when you turn them on, do you see low beams or can you see the day time running lights come on (they are the ones that are closest to the grill). What have you done or checked so far?

Nov 12, 2009 | 2003 GMC Sierra

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Day time running lamps


The day time running lamps are your headlights, the parking lights also conventionally known as the running lights serve no purpose during daylight hours and as such are not necessary in the daytime, and are not illuminated by the DRL module. The DRL (Daytime Running Lights) module illuminates the headlamps in a slightly dimmer state than night time dim headlamps, but does not turn on the conventional running lights. The only way you'll get conventional running lights during the day is to turn them on manually. I just reviewed the wiring schematics for that system, and the DRL relay bypasses the dimmer switch when active and prevents high beam operation, and feeds current directly to the low beam headlights, there is no connection to the parking light circuit from the DRL module wiring.

Nov 01, 2008 | 2000 GMC Sierra

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Problem with Automatic Daytime Running Lights


Have you verified both high beams are in working order? DRL's are very funny about not working if one of the lights is burned out. Rememeber that DRL's are only high beams using 20% of the power so just because your normal lights work, it does not mean the high beams are working correctly.

Aug 14, 2008 | 2000 Toyota Corolla

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