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Problem with Automatic Daytime Running Lights

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I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla CE. One of the the many great features on this vehicle is the daytime running lights that should remain on during daylight hours and automatically switch to the brighter night mode when it gets dark.

Whether it's day or night, the exterior lights have stopped turning on automatically. The brake, turning and reverse lights all still work. I can still turn the night mode on manually. Instead of automatic lights, the fog light indicator on the dash blinks dimmly and clicks softly (as if trying to come on) the entire time the car is running.

Obiviously, this is only a minor inconvince (That's why I let it go for 10 months). But it has recently gotten worse. The driver's side brake light won't come on when I brake unless I have the exterior lights turned on in night mode. So, in short, I can not drive the car legally and safely anytime of the day unless the headlights and everything are in night mode. Weird!

Since the breaklight still works in night mode, it's not a burnt bulb. Maybe it's a loose wire connection? A relay? Where can I check it? Is this a problem a novice can handle or will I have to take to a professional?

Thanks for your time. I very much appreciate it!

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  • Anonymous Sep 09, 2008

    I have a 97 grand prix. The DRL`s come on during the day but my headlights won`t come on during the night time driving. I have a manual switch inside but that dose not make the lights come on at night either.

  • juniorgarces Sep 22, 2008

    my daytime running lights stay on but at night i cant get the lights to turn on. they turn off as soon as it gets dark. someone please help

  • CobraClutch Dec 30, 2008

    Same problem, 2002 Toyota Celica.


    Daytime lights work during the day, but at night I can't get anything to come on except fog lights and brights, even when I try to manually turn them on.

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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.

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