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PostSubject: Headlight switch   Headlight switch EmptyFri Jul 13, 2007 12:21 am

I just got my riv today but im a little confused about how to work the auto headlights. My aunt said she kept the switch at "auto max" the whole time she owned the car and they would always come on when needed. When i was driving tonight, the lights never came on and i had to move the switch to "auto min" to get the lights to come on. When i exited the car with the switch at "auto min" the lights stayed on after i left the car until i went back and moved the switch to "auto max". Can someone tell me where to leave the switch so that the lights will come on automatically when its dark, and will then turn off after i exit the car? I know i probably sound stupid but i just got it so im still trying to learn. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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PostSubject: Re: Headlight switch   Headlight switch EmptyFri Jul 13, 2007 12:33 am

Hell man I've owned mine for 3 years now and I don't know. They just work smile
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PostSubject: Re: Headlight switch   Headlight switch EmptyFri Jul 13, 2007 12:42 am

Well do you know where you have your switch?
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PostSubject: Re: Headlight switch   Headlight switch EmptyFri Jul 13, 2007 11:09 am

The lights will automatically come on when the sensors detect darkness for a few seconds. 23 seconds, I think. depending on the year, you can override this with the switch. The autodim determines the amount of time your lights stay on after you lock the car when you exit the vehicle. If max they will stay on a minute or longer, it min they go out in a couple secs. I keep mine at min most of the time, but it's all preference.

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PostSubject: Re: Headlight switch   Headlight switch EmptyFri Jul 13, 2007 2:05 pm

on the 96, it cn't be overrode. But yes, the max indicates to how much longer the light remain on after you shut off the car.
Try and see if there is anything blocking the light sensor. that can make act up.
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PostSubject: Re: Headlight switch   Headlight switch EmptyFri Jul 13, 2007 5:40 pm

The sensors are the 2 little bulb things up near the window. Clean them off see what happends.
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PostSubject: Re: Headlight switch   Headlight switch EmptyFri Jul 13, 2007 11:58 pm

well heres what happens, if its pitch black outside and i turn the car on with the switch all the way at "auto max", the lights wont turn on, but if i move it any distance towards the "auto min" side the lights will turn on. The only problem is if the switch is left anywhere but at "auto max", the lights will not turn off after i leave and lock the car. This is just too confusing! i also tried wiping the bulbs off but it didnt help.
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PostSubject: Re: Headlight switch   Headlight switch EmptySat Jul 14, 2007 1:36 am

Use the little slide button under the automax control, just move it to the first position and the lights will only stay on for a few seconds when car is off.
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PostSubject: Re: Headlight switch   Headlight switch EmptySat Jul 14, 2007 8:47 am

you have a short somewhere in the light switch. Let me ask you, does the car have an aftermarket alarm. They tie off that switch for light control when installing an alarm. Maybe there is a bare wire. Or the simple fix, which is leave the light in "auto min"
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