Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Headlight Issue

asked by on

I am having problems with my Headlights. I have replaced the Headlight Switch, the Daytime Running Lamp Module and the Ambient Sensor. When I start the car, the DRL's come on. If I turn my Headlight switch to on, the Parking lights stay on and the DRL's turn off. When I switch my Headlights off, the DRL's come back on. When it starts to get dark, the Ambient light sensor will make my dashboard light up and then the DRL's go out..Since they go out, I have no Headlights until the morning because the Headlight switch won't turn them on...Help....

My car has 185600 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The daytime running lights are not suppos...


The daytime running lights are not supposed to function at the same time as the headlights. The daytime running lights are only supposed to come on during the day, to provide additional visibility for daytime driving, independently of the headlights. When the headlights are turned on the daytime running lights should turn off. If they are not turning on it may be possible that perhaps the bulbs have burned out, or there is an issue with the fuse or relay. If you run into any issues, consider contacting a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, as certified technician can diagnose any issues with your lights firsthand and help you make the right repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Stalling in between gears

Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 1997 Nissan Pickup. My suggestion is to get it back to whoever did the timing chain and make sure that it was done correctly. It may actually be a timing chain issue (off...

Q: The rear vent windows will not close. Have checked fuse, it's okay.

Hi, thanks for your question. The rear vent windows use a small motor that will open and close the window. Sometimes these motors will stick, and will not open or close. Try to tap the window with your hand while...

Q: Shake in front end while driving

Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to contact us in regards to your 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix and the shaking issue you're experiencing. Regardless of what type of vehicle you may own, there are typically five mechanical problems that...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...