Oh Oh, do I already see an electrical issue with my newly acquired 99'
Chevy Venture? Basically I can't turn the headlights off when its
nighttime, the sensor just automatically turn it on. There is a dial
control just to the left of the steering wheel that has the three
symbol, the O on the left, the LampOn on the right, and the two-
opposite-light symbol in the middle. I turn the knob to all of them
one at a time but the headlight just won't go off. Of course I could
be barking up the wrong tree because I don't have a manual for the car
and can't tell what everything means, but I am guessing this dial
operates the headlights and the O is supposed to turn it off. Is
there something else I need to do if I need to turn off all external
lights when the engine is on? Sometimes I am in the parking lot
warming up the car and idling, I just don't need the lights on.
He can't do this, He lives in Canada where DRL's are mandatory (since
92 IIRC) also he lives in Ontario, depending on where he takes the
van for its bi-annual smog check they could refuse to do the check or
insist on it being fixed before hand due to "a safety" feature of the
vehicle isn't working correctly.
Sounds like a good idea. If I can't figure out how to get this to
work I might have to put in a toggle switch like you did. I am
curious though, how do you run the wires from teh engine compartment
into the drivers compartment? Did u have to drill a hole through the
firewall? Or is there some existing conduits that can be used?
If you look where the windshield and the dash meet, there are two
small holes in the center of the dash. These are the sensors for the
auto light function. I suppose if you put a flashlight on them while
the car is warming up, the lights won't come on.
Unfortunately, automatic systems to make drivers turn their lights on
just irritate a lot of drivers.
Maybe you car has a way to turn them off in circumstances where they
are not needed and are in fact offensive, and maybe not.
We have a lot of fools on the road here who grouse about the automatic
systems and go through contortions to try to circumvent them, but then
drive without their lights on at dusk, at night, or in rain. These people
will kill you.
Sometimes people who depend upon their DRLs and who do not turn
their low beams on in the rain will kill you too. Especially if the
are not part of the DRL system
Admittedly, I have little patience for this (It is a state law to use lights
during these conditions, but it is poorly enforced)
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