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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-30-2012, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Automatic Headlights (Disable)

I own a Canadian 2009 Chevy Equinox and am trying to bypass the dusk automatic headlights.
I tried unplugging the photo cell located on the upper dash between the steering wheel and the windshield, but that caused the headlights to stay on full time.
Attempt 1: So, open circuit = full on, close circuit (with daylight) = off.
I replaced the photo cell with a 5 ohm resister and it seems to have worked, but now my dic and dash lights donít auto dim when I turn the lights on. Makes it hard to drive at night.
I was told that if I flashed my bcm with the U.S. program, this may allow me to turn off the headlights while in drive, but no one is sure if it will mess up other features in the bcm.[/color]
Attempt 2:
I tried adding an on/on toggle switch between the photo cell and a resistor wire so I can manually switch between manual control and the automatic photo cell, but that didnít work either, it seems the photo cell keeps changing the resistance value and turns the headlights on.[/color]
Does anyone know how I can manually control the headlights while in drive
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Re: Automatic Headlights (Disable)

can't really help you - but forgive this question....WHY?


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but forgive this question....WHY?
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I don't like my lights coming on automatically either. I do not care to have them on during the day. Where I live their isn't a law or anything stating they need to be on. I just don't see the point during the day. Yes, so people can see me blah blah blah...... If you can't see a big ass car during the middle of the day, then you don't need to be driving. At night I like them, cuz I just get in and turn the fogs on. I'd really like an option if I want them on or not. It's annoying having to turn them off every time I drive during the day. I guess that's just the way it is.
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As for "Why?" (by: Default User)
Several reasons, foremost for convenience; being when I pull into my driveway at night (usually 2 a.m.) my HID's wake up my neighbours, and for safety because I cannot dim my headlights for oncoming cars on small dark country roads. Then there is work, itís really hard to be stealthy doing security when I have 40,000 watt HIDís lighting the way.

I did come across another forum and it was suggested to me by an automotive master electrician to add some uni-directional diodes to my wiring scheme.

I did this and it seems to be working, except, GM being GM things are never that easy!
Now when I manually turn on my headlights my radio and DIC displays donít auto dim.
Iím thinking that there must be more to this photo cell than just that. It must contain a signal chip to do other things as well.
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gotcha

I know with my old Mazda - I was able to jump a few relays to disable DRL's.

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As for "Why?" (by: Default User)
Several reasons, foremost for convenience; being when I pull into my driveway at night (usually 2 a.m.) my HID's wake up my neighbours, and for safety because I cannot dim my headlights for oncoming cars on small dark country roads. Then there is work, itís really hard to be stealthy doing security when I have 40,000 watt HIDís lighting the way.

I did come across another forum and it was suggested to me by an automotive master electrician to add some uni-directional diodes to my wiring scheme.

I did this and it seems to be working, except, GM being GM things are never that easy!
Now when I manually turn on my headlights my radio and DIC displays donít auto dim.
Iím thinking that there must be more to this photo cell than just that. It must contain a signal chip to do other things as well.
why not just turn off the headlights when going into your driveway?

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As for "Why?" (by: Default User)
being when I pull into my driveway at night (usually 2 a.m.) my HID's wake up my neighbours,
'If' they are concerned about it - just inform them to close their blinds at night. Exhibitionists are out nowadays [/color]

and for safety because I cannot dim my headlights for oncoming cars on small dark country roads.
Perhaps you should remedy that, your taking the safety aspect from the wrong approach. When meeting oncoming traffic, lights need to be on lows, not highs, or low and highs together. [/color]

Then there is work, itís really hard to be stealthy doing security when I have 40,000 watt HIDís lighting the way.

A Police spotlight does wonders[/color]

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sorry to necropost as my first post, but wondering if there has been any headway on this? tried searching and this is the only reasonable hit i found on this forum. In the process of buying a 19 diesel premier, and i see it still sports the same ridiculous 'auto headlight' system that's on my wifes 15 traverse.
It's the one thing we both hate about her vehicle. In researching for her car awhile back I'd seen some people having success with putting a resistor in the connector under the bubble dome in the dash to defeat the sensor and make the car thing it was always daylight. Which effectively turns the 'auto' position into the 'off' position it should have. But i see the sensor on the dash is much larger (and flatter) so wasn't sure if that approach would work. Anyone here tried that or found an alternate way of doing it?
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