Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Parking lights are not working - 2009 Chevrolet Impala

asked by on

In my vehicle my parking lights (corner lights, LP light, tail lights) only work sometimes, and only at night, which I have the automatic light sensor and wonder if it's something to do with that. They don't turn on even if I use the switch. My dash lights work just fine as they should. I have read other similar questions and I'm surprised at some of the obvious responses. YES I have replaced ALL fuses containing to lighting, replaced ALL the exterior bulbs, I have checked the ground wire and even cleaned it up. I haven't used a volt reader at the fuse box yet but that's my next move. Any idea why this is a problem with this body style of impala? Thanks

My car has 104000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. If all of your fuses check out and your parking lights only work when in auto mode, then it may be possible that the problem is with the headlight switch itself. If the actual switch that controls the lights wears out or has an issue, it may not function correctly at certain settings. I would test the switch to see if it is functioning properly, as a faulty switch may cut off power to the lights.

If the switch is good, then it may be possible that the issue is wiring related, perhaps bad or worn wiring is cutting off power to the lights. You can also check the automatic system, which is controlled by the ambient light sensor, though the fact that it is the only mode that the lights do function on indicates that the system is probably okay.

I recommend having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, perform an inspection to determine why the lights are not working as they should be.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Parking lights are not working - 2009 Chevrolet Impala

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: Lights are flickering. Interior and exterior. What can it be?

Check the ground wire from the engine block to the chassis. It may be loose causing a loss of power return to the battery making the shortest path to the battery. Also, check all of the ground wires on the...

Q: Steering Lock

Hello. Thank you for writing in. The first thing we need to know is if the steering wheel is actually locked. Does it spin freely to both sides? If not the wheel is locked and you do need to unlock...

Q: Key not turning

Hi there. This problem is caused by a lack of mobility in your ignition cylinder. The bumps on your key depress a series of channels in the cylinder in the correct combination in order for it to release its locking...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...