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Old 04-10-2006, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gen5 Auto light sensor adjustment - how

For the Gen5, there's an "AUTO" selection for your headlight. Depending on the light or darkness outside it will automatically switch from daytime running lights to normal night driving lights. My question is, how do I change the sensitivity of the sensor. I know the sensor is located on the dashboard. And then theres a circular hole next to it. Do I lift the cap of that circular hole to adjust the sensitivity? is that where it is?


Today when I was driving to work, it was pouring and the sky was grey, the night time driving light didn't come on, only daytime running lights. I felt it should have came on to increase greater visibilty.
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There's an auto selection for the headlight? x_x'
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There's an auto selection for the headlight? x_x'
Yes, there's an AUTO selection for the headlight. I'm not sure if it's in US cars as well. We have day time running lights here in Canada.

Any way, the when you select AUTO, it decides when to use the daytime running light and when to use your night time lights based on the amount of light outside. So it's very handy when your driving, for example, on a long trip... as the sun goes down, it detects it and switches the light to night light (regular night time light).


Any way, I want to adjust the sensitivity so it switches to Night time driving lights sooner (or when there's still light out but the sky is grey).
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I don't know if you can change it at all.

Are you not able to manually control the lights on the cars that have automatic lights? I know it might be annoying since the automatic feature is there, but these things don't always work out.

Some US cars have it, some don't. It's not a standard feature.
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I'm sure there's a way to adjust the sensitivity (was it in the owner's manual that I read if it's too sensitive/insensitive, go to a dealer to have it adjusted?) - I'm sure it's something computerized.. Either that or something similar to turning the seat belt chime off.
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yes, that's what in the manual. It possible to adjust but they say go to the dealers. I don't think it would be a computer related thing. It's should be a sensitivity switch.

But I think the switch is beside the sensor. There's a circular cap beside the sensor.
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why dont you just change it urself.. if u think its getting dark change it. .. dont be lazy
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I don't know if you can change it at all.

Are you not able to manually control the lights on the cars that have automatic lights? I know it might be annoying since the automatic feature is there, but these things don't always work out.

Some US cars have it, some don't. It's not a standard feature.
Yes, you can manually control it. Basically, there are 3 settings:
1. normal night time driving lights, tail lights on.
2. day time running lights - which uses a differnt bulb than the night time driving lights, tail lights are off
3. AUTO - automatically selects correct light, based on the amount of light outside.
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The circular cap next to the sensor is where the sensor for auto climate control would go.
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The new Camrys will have auto light control. The cap next to the light sensor is for the auto temp control. You could try putting a dark film over the sensor, fooling it to thinking it is darker.
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The new Camrys will have auto light control. The cap next to the light sensor is for the auto temp control. You could try putting a dark film over the sensor, fooling it to thinking it is darker.

Yeah, not a bad idea. I thought about that too. I might go that route. simple yet effective.
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why dont you just change it urself.. if u think its getting dark change it. .. dont be lazy
Thats what he is trying to figure out....how to change it.......
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I know what you mean and I wish my camry had it too

they passed a law in california saying you need to have your lights on when it rains

my gf can adjust the sensitivity of her auto on lights on her 1998 explorer it is just a dimmer switch on her mirror
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On my '07, it's called customize parameters.

Dealer can change the time the headlights stay on after turning off the ignition switch (4 choices), adjust the sensitivity of the auto lights ( 2 lighter and 2 darker settings).

Other areas that can be customized: Air conditioner, Theft Deterrent SystemIlluminated Entry, Door locks, Wireless Door Lock Control System, Smart Key System, and Key Reminder Warning System,.
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The sensor is on your dash and has a sensitivity knob on it. If the lights are too sensitive turn the knob counter clockwise. If the response is too slow then turn clockwise.
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