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02 chevy auto headlights

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by bossplowguy, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. bossplowguy

    bossplowguy Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Is there any way to disconnect the auto headlights and just turn them on manually? We have a 05 or so chevy at work and you just turn the switch the other way. Thanks
     
  2. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
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    Did you know of the override feature? If you press and depress the dome override 3 times in a row they will shut off. Started in 2000 Silverado's.
     
  3. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    You can permanently disable them as well if you know how and are handy with a set of wire crimpers.
     
  4. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    You could also push in the e-brake lever a VERY little bit, that overrides the auto lights i believe...you'll just have to deal with the e-brake light on the dash :)
     
  5. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    And it will ding while in gear ;)
     
  6. M&M

    M&M Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    Why do you want to shut them off? Are there any benefits? Just curious.

    got-h2o, how do you put the lights back to "original?"
     
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Yes, it allows the operator the choice as to whether he wants the light on or not via the head light switch....and if he's smart enough to be behind the wheel he should be smart enough to know when the lights should be on. Don't need the general telling him that. ;)


    Either turn the key off and then back on (light disable only works if you use it at every key on/off cycle) or press the dome override button three times in secession again.
     
  8. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    You have to over ride it everytime. So, when you shut the key off, it disables the over ride.
     
  9. M&M

    M&M Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    Got it. Good to know I guess. Still finding the right situation when I'll use/need the override.
     
  10. bossplowguy

    bossplowguy Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Thanks....I didn't know about the over ride. B&B, you mention a permanent disable.....how do you do that? btw the one reason I hate the auto lights is when I start my truck to let it warm up in the winter the lights will be shining in my neighbor's house at the wee hours of the morning. The other reason is I hate them just as much as the daytime running lights, if I think they should be on I will turn them on. I think GM just wants to sell more lights.
     
  11. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    lol, didn't know that about the newer trucks! That would be WAY more annoying than it would be worth!
     
  12. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
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    My 99 doesn't have the override feature. You can pull the DRL fuse and they should shut off. Now if you really wanna get fancy, just splice between the leaving side of the drl fuse and put a switch in, that way you would have a continuous override switch with pressing the override button every time.
     
  13. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    And is the same reason most guys dont like the auto on lights.

    To permanently disable them you bypass the ambient light sensor thats located in the top center of instrument panel. You need to get into the body control module wiring and bypass it there. If your comfortable with wiring it's not a hard job. The BCM is mounted behind the driver side lower dash panel just under the steering column. If you want detailed instructions on how to do it shoot me an email or PM...
     
  14. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Are you refering to the actual separate DRL's...or the "auto on" head/tail lights?
     
  15. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    Im not sure, on my 96 it shut off the headlights.
     
  16. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Sure on a '96 it will since the DRL's are integrated with the headlights.

    But your post said '99..which was why I asked to clarify.