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YOU NEED TO RAISE THE HOOD,YOU HAVE TO REMOVE HEADLIGHT HOUSING BY TWISTING THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING MOUNTING RODS OUT OF THEIR CLIPS AND PULL UP THEM STRAIGHT UP TO DISENGAGE THE HOUSING FROM VECHICLE. WITH HEADLIGHT HOUSING OUT VECHICLE REMOVE LIGHT BULBS, YOU NEED TO WEAR CLEAR PAIR OF LATEX GLOVES WHEN HANDLING NEW HEADLIGHT BULBS BECAUSE HEADLIGHT BULBS ARE HALOGEN BULBS OILS FROM FINGERS OR HANDS CAN CAUSE HALOGEN BULBS OVERHEAT AND BLOW OUT.HALOGEN BULBS VERY EXPENSIVE THEY COST FROM $10.00 UP TO $20.00 OR MORE SO WHERE CLEAN GLOVES WHEN HANDLING BULBS.
Normally, with the headlights off, the clock light (numbers) should be very bright so they can be seen during the day. The electronics designers thought you would only turn the headlights on at night so they made the clock numbers only bright enough to be seen in the dark (that is, they are dim in day light).
I like to drive with my headlights on (day or night) for safety. Therefore, I click my lights off occasionally, to see the clock (barely visible in daylight).
I always find trouble shooting automotive electric a pain in the neck so I go to a shop that specializes in "auto electric". They will generally track down something this simple for about $25. It You can check if the spring fell out of your lighter (+ contact). Other than that, leave it to the pros - it is so much less of a headache.
Some vehicles don't have the ability to turn the headlights off when the parking brake is not set. Its part of a safety feature that they call "Day-Time Running Lights" usually, or something to that effect. Generally it makes sure that you can't forget to turn on your headlights, and they see it as "Well, during the day, it makes you more visible, which is safer."
However, as far as turning the headlights off without the parking brake applied. Again, on some vehicles, there is no way to turn them off separately.