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Discussion specific to electric components of vans. Category for alternators or batteries, starters and ignition parts, anything 12v and electrical issue like fuses, circuitry, wire, terminals, switches, connectors, bulbs, relays, and wiring. Voltage and amperage diagnosis.
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Automatic Headlights

September 22nd 2011, 6:13pm

I have a 2002 Safari SLE. I just noticed that my headlights and tailights are coming on during the daytime. Is this normally due to a faulty sensor? How difficult is it to replace the sensor?

Thanks, RSNG

Re: Automatic Headlights

September 23rd 2011, 12:56pm

That is DRL.....Daytime Running Lights ,

Re: Automatic Headlights

September 23rd 2011, 3:10pm

No, it's not the DRL system.

In 2000 and up M/L vans, there is a small sensor in the dash (looks like the eraser end of a pencil) that is located to the side of the defroster grille.

Check to make sure that it is not covered by anything laying on the dash.

Re: Automatic Headlights

September 23rd 2011, 3:53pm

That sensor in the dash is wired into the DRL system ...it is a photocell that detects the presence light or the lack of it.

Re: Automatic Headlights

September 23rd 2011, 5:18pm

It looks like it's working okay now. I guess I'll keep an eye on it.

Re: Automatic Headlights

September 25th 2011, 2:58am

you can turn them off by pushing the dome light override button four times fast, you will hear a ding then they will turn off.
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