Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do you activate the daytime running lights?

asked by on

How do you activate the daytime running lights?

Some models are equipped with a supplemental daytime running light system. Essentially, this system turns on the headlights at a dimmer setting than what’s used at night to provide visibility for other drivers during the day. It’s particularly helpful for drivers at sunrise and sunset, when glare can blind them to other vehicles. To activate your daytime running lights, you must:

  1. Have the ignition in the on position.
  2. Turn the headlights off, or put them in parking light mode, or auto light mode.
  3. The system should automatically turn on if these conditions are met.

Tips

  • Your daytime running lights will not turn on if the transmission is in park.
  • The lights will not turn on in a manual transmission car if the parking brake is engaged.
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 you activate the daytime running 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: I have an 02 Dodge Durango and the ctm just went bad. I got a new one and it was from USA. I live in Canada and need running lights working.

Hi there. For the daytime running lights to work properly, after installing the new CTM, you can try to remove the battery cables for about 10 minutes to reset the CTM. If you have already tried to reset the CTM...

Q: Transmission slipping not shifting (washer pump stopped at same time).

Hi there. If the transmission is shifting into 1st gear and 2nd gear, then it is not slipping. The transmission shift pack solenoid 'B' has failed and only the 1st and 2nd gears work. The 3rd and 4th gear needs...

Q: What do the heads up display lights mean?

The heads up display lights are displayed across your windshield. These lights can illuminate the adaptive cruise control or the collision warning system are being used.

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.