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Why would the headlights on a 1995 Mazda 929 not turn on if the parking lights work?


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2004-10-05 11:10:04
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it could be the headlight relay. if not it may be in the switch.

With most vehicles you can turn on the parking lights or the headlights and the dash illumination lights light up without turning on the ignition switch.

Proper Use of "Parking Lights"The answer depends on the "Traffic Code" for the State in which you are driving.However, they are called parking lights because they are supposed to be used to warn other vehicle drivers of the location, position, and "state" [parked] of your vehicle.Most jurisdictions prohibit driving with parking lights only. The only exception that might convince a Police Officer to not give you a ticket would be in the case of the loss of headlights out in the boondocks on a very dark night in which you drove only with parking lights to get to a safe place.

Our 1993 Ford would not randomly (or so we thought) shift into overdrive. We eventually figured out this happened when the headlights / parking lights were on. We then traced it to a bad ground in the parking lights circuit. We fixed the ground and the shifting issue was fixed. No joke.

The headlights are a separate circuit from the others. Check the bulbs, headlight switch, Hi/Low beam switch and depending what year you have check the fuses.

If you are referring to the brake lights it is probably a bad brake light switch. Your vehicle may also have daytime running lights which would be on without the parking lights.

The short answer would be to turn on the parking lights.However, here's a little more detail. Subaru has begun designing cars that turn off accessories when the ignition is cut off. This includes cigar lighter plugs, headlights, parking lights, etc. The switch on top of your steering column is to allow you to bypass the system and turn on your parking lights when the ignition is off...which would be useful if you broke down on the side of the road at night.

I have run into the same thing with this kind of car. On the steering column at the top they have a switch that will turn the running lights on or turn them off. check the switch you may have hit it and turn it on.

I've seen forums that state that you remove the 'DRL' fuse located in the passenger fuse compartment, but there are no fuses labeled 'DRL'. I am well aware that the DRL/ Automatic headlights are a "feature", but it's irritating to neighbors when I start my car at night, and my headlights automatically turn on and shine into their windows. I know that I can turn on the parking lights to shut off the headlights, or push the parking brake in to have it start without the lights automatically coming on, but it would be simpler to just turn the lights on when i want them to turn on. The DRL's are hideous. I have silverstar 3157 bulbs and the car looks much nicer in front without those 2 big orange lights shining.

if you leave the parking lights switch "ON" the lights will remain on, even if the car has been turned off.

That's how 1964 1/2 thru 1967 Mustangs lights are designed to operate.. when the headlamps are turned on the amber parking lights are turned off. That was changed sometime in 1967-68 so that the amber parking lights remain on when the headlamps are on.. It is possible to install a later model (1968) type headlight switch and wiring if you really want the parking lights to remain on when the headlamps are on however. Electrical Wiring drawings are available (to purchase) for every year mustang from almost any mustang restoration shop/website.

its on the left turn signal switch, at the end is the headlights, then one in is the fog lights, you twist it just like you would the headlights

the dash and radio lights are supposed to dim when the headlights come on. Make sure you have the brightness of the dash lights turned up as much as possible.

The lights are automatic for your daytime running lights AND your regular head lights. There is a light sensor on your dash that knows when it get dark. When it's dark your headlights will automatically come on, daytime lights turn off and your dashboard lights will dim as a result, since you no longer need them to be that bright when it's dark. As far as the parking brake, it triggers your daytime lights to turn off, so when you disengage your parking brake, they will turn on for normal driving. All of this is a good thing because you never have to worry about turning your on/off...ever.

A bad ground wire will cause dim headlights, or will cause lights not to work.

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