Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I control the exterior lights?

asked by on

How do I control the exterior lights?

To control the lights on the outside of you vehicle, you can use the well marked light controls that are on the instrument panel behind the steering wheel and to the left. There is a wheel that can select different settings and three buttons to the right of the wheel. This controls all of the exterior lights and the lights in the instrument panel. Here is a guide to all of the different available settings:

  • The first setting on the wheel is a power button. When the wheel is set to this position the headlights will be off completely with no daytime running lights.

  • Next on the wheel, the versatile “Auto” setting can be used to set all of the exterior lights to their default brightness. This will also turn on the daytime running lights. There is a sensor relaying data back to the vehicle about the brightness outside of the vehicle.

  • Next on the wheel is the control for the parking lights. This will also turn on the tail lights, license plate lights, and instrument panel lights.

  • After the parking lights, there is the control for the headlights themselves. When this is selected, the rest of the exterior lights will come on as well.

  • The three buttons to the right of the selector wheel also control lights.

  • The top button will go in when pressed and stay pressed in until pressed a second time. This will keep the dome light from coming on when the door is opened.

  • The center button will pop out when pressed. The extended button can be used as a knob to adjust the brightness of the lights in the instrument panel. When this knob is spun all the way clockwise, the cargo light over the bed of the truck will illuminate.

  • The bottom button activates the fog lights, which should be used in low-visibility situations.

Tip

If the headlight setting is selected when the vehicle is off, it will only stay on for 10 minutes. This also applies to when the ignition is shut off with the headlights still on (though a chime will sound anyway).

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. How do I control the exterior lights?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I change a track with the steering wheel?

When listening to a CD, USB device, or iPod, you can change the track with the steering wheel controls. To skip to the next track, press the Up button on the Seek/Preset switch for less than 0.8 seconds. To restart...

Q: I am having strange issues with my turn signals and headlights.

Hello. Most likely you have a bad ground some place. Grounds for the lighting system will be in several different locations throughout the car. The combination switch inside your steering column is a common culprit. What is happening is electricity...

Q: Error code P0299

The code P0299 is for an underboost condition, where the computer wanted more boost but only received a low output. This code can be set from a weak turbo, intake leaks, or a bad boost sensor. All of these components...

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...
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...