Defeating the 'auto' headlight feature on a 05 Chevy Classic

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Old 06-02-07, 07:44 AM
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Defeating the 'auto' headlight feature on a 05 Chevy Classic

I want to 'defeat' this very annoying 'auto' headlight feature and change it back to a 'off' switch like everyone had for the past 50+ years. I don't need or want headlights always on when the engine is running at night. I'm more than capable of turning them on by myself as I have for the past 30+ years

Examples; when parked, when backing into a driveway, as a courtesy to others when parked so not to 'blind' them either in a parking lot or along the curb.

This car is a 2005 Chevy Classic. The headlight 'stalk' has three positions, auto, parking & headlights. I do have the Helm SM, but their schematics are not the easiest to follow especially since they are spread all over the overly large book.

To me, this is as annoying as those 'automatic' seat belts back in the 80s' (?) that didn't last long.
 
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Old 06-02-07, 08:11 AM
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Yikes, they didn't even give you an OFF?

Try clicking the emergency brake once. I know this turns off daylight runninglights, not sure if i will work with your situation.
 
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Old 06-02-07, 02:07 PM
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Yes, I think that will do it, but that is no real solution. Then you have to remember to release the EB all the time.

I thought about 'jumping' the microswitch for the PB, but that only sets a DTC.
 
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Old 06-02-07, 04:19 PM
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Talk to the dealer. There is a way to do it but I don't know what it is offhand. It's some goofy code like turning them on and off with the switch 3 times then dome overide button then push 3 on the radio or something stupid. I have an older chevy truck and am on quite a few forums so I'll see if anyone on them know how to do it.
 
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Old 06-02-07, 05:42 PM
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There is no secret sequence of buttons to press.

After searching for info, here's what I found:

If you like daytime running lights and only want to disable the automatic headlights feature, you can achieve this by replacing the ambient light sensor (really a photo-resistor) with a wire.

http://www.xse.com/leres/ss/drl.html (half way down page)
 
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That's a 2000 model year. Sounds as a long shot for a 2005 model.
 
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Old 06-02-07, 07:41 PM
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I used to turn dial a little to the left of the " auto " position and that did it for me, only it turns all lights off not only headlights.
that was on a chevy 2005 silverado crew cab.
 
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Old 06-03-07, 08:39 AM
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Angry

There are only three positions, there is no "off" in spite of what the SM says!
 
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