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I posted my question in this thread: http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=309869&page=10, a couple of days ago, but I didn't get any answer or help. :disappoin Maybe the thread was a little old, or no one cared to read it(?) So I'm hoping someone reads my thread and help me with my problem. :help:

Anyway, has anyone come up with the idea of disabling the auto lights while still keeping the DRL's, yet? :confused:
 

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Yeah I remember reading your question. But I think most of us dont know the answer to that so we never replied lol.

Anyway, apart from having a cheesy LED pointed at the sensor, I think I may have a better solution. If you can get to the wires behind the light sensor on the dash, cut the positive and wire a switch in there, you could control if you want the auto lights on or off. Im sure that would work.
 

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Being that they are on the same circuit (ie one wire disconnects them both) it may be a computer controlled setting.

Most people on here could care less about keeping DRL's, so it hasn't been delved into very deeply.
 

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I discovered the answer to this when I brought my car in for service last week. Just disconnect the sensor. Your drls will work but the autolights will never come on. No cutting of wires involved.
 

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odd, the Auto Lights are one of the things I LOVE about the Corollas!
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Also, if you disabled the auto light and use the switch, you'll have to physically switch off. No warning whatsoever.
 

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I discovered the answer to this when I brought my car in for service last week. Just disconnect the sensor. Your drls will work but the autolights will never come on. No cutting of wires involved.
Thanks, but how would I go about disconnecting the sensor? :confused:

odd, the Auto Lights are one of the things I LOVE about the Corollas!
Well, the reason why I want to disable the auto lights is because the parking lot to my apartment is under the structure, so whenever I'm in there, my lights turn on for a couple of seconds, then turn off when I'm out (during the day). I don't know if that's bad for the lights esp. HIDs when they turn on/off like that since it needs to start/warm up every time they turn on. I also hate it when I drive under overpasses and stop at a red light, my HIDs turn on again for a couple of seconds, then turn off. And when I go through tunnels, you know what I mean already. I just don't like having my lights turn on/off during the day because I don't think it's good for my HIDs. Correct me if I'm wrong though, thanks.
 

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Thanks, but how would I go about disconnecting the sensor? :confused:



Well, the reason why I want to disable the auto lights is because the parking lot to my apartment is under the structure, so whenever I'm in there, my lights turn on for a couple of seconds, then turn off when I'm out (during the day). I don't know if that's bad for the lights esp. HIDs when they turn on/off like that since it needs to start/warm up every time they turn on. I also hate it when I drive under overpasses and stop at a red light, my HIDs turn on again for a couple of seconds, then turn off. And when I go through tunnels, you know what I mean already. I just don't like having my lights turn on/off during the day because I don't think it's good for my HIDs. Correct me if I'm wrong though, thanks.
That's actually pretty bad for HIDs if they are turned on again before they've had time to cool down. If you want to disable the autolights, do it. It's your car.
 

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That's actually pretty bad for HIDs if they are turned on again before they've had time to cool down. If you want to disable the autolights, do it. It's your car.
Thanks for confirming that for me and how would I go about disconnecting the sensors though? :confused:
 

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Thanks, but how would I go about disconnecting the sensor? :confused:



Well, the reason why I want to disable the auto lights is because the parking lot to my apartment is under the structure, so whenever I'm in there, my lights turn on for a couple of seconds, then turn off when I'm out (during the day). I don't know if that's bad for the lights esp. HIDs when they turn on/off like that since it needs to start/warm up every time they turn on. I also hate it when I drive under overpasses and stop at a red light, my HIDs turn on again for a couple of seconds, then turn off. And when I go through tunnels, you know what I mean already. I just don't like having my lights turn on/off during the day because I don't think it's good for my HIDs. Correct me if I'm wrong though, thanks.

Yeah. StL MO has NOT ONE tunnel and I cannot think of one overpass that has a stoplight below here either... so, that explains why you want them off. Only time i've ever seen them kick off is 1/2 to the office every day as I leave before the sun comes up and get to work when it's sunny.
 

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Thanks for confirming that for me and how would I go about disconnecting the sensors though? :confused:
Not sure. The dealership removed my dash as part of my steering drift recall and I noticed immediately after that my autolights didnt come on but my DRLs still worked. When I brought it back, they fixed it and said the sensor wasnt plugged in. It may be the actual sensor near the windshield on the drivers side, or it may be something in the dash. Im not sure. But if you do find it, take pics and post up a DIY because I have heard this same question asked multiple times and there was no real answer before.
 

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so I'm guessing that HID's take a big beating when the alarm goes off and/or panic button is pressed:ugh3: which obviously flashes the headlights
 

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Also, if you disabled the auto light and use the switch, you'll have to physically switch off. No warning whatsoever.
Actually I believe there is a chime to notify you.

Not sure. The dealership removed my dash as part of my steering drift recall and I noticed immediately after that my autolights didnt come on but my DRLs still worked. When I brought it back, they fixed it and said the sensor wasnt plugged in. It may be the actual sensor near the windshield on the drivers side, or it may be something in the dash. Im not sure. But if you do find it, take pics and post up a DIY because I have heard this same question asked multiple times and there was no real answer before.
It was probably the sensor itself, that's my thought.

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so is this for sure just a connector that turns the autolight on? because if so then i would rather disconnect the autolight rather than installing a switch that i can control so i can just leave it off all the time
 

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So did anyone find out how to disconnect the sensor for the auto lights, yet? :confused:
 

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i think im opposite from everyone else. i want to keep the autolight but disable the drls.
I have no issue with turning on my lights when I want them on. I hate the auto on function but drl's are a proven safety feature. :thumbsup: I've driven with my low beams on for 30 years as it helps others to see me. There are many times that I've seen an approaching car only because they had drl's or their low beams on. ;)
 
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