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Unread 10-13-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
jt_armstrong
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Ambient Light Sensor

The headlights on my '94 don't react to the fact its daylight and stay on the whole time when I driving. My guess is that there is an ambient light sensor that has failed. Has anyone had a similar issue? Also on the dash there are two sensors which one is the culprit?
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Unread 10-13-2013, 01:17 PM   #2
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The blue one, the dome one is for atc just clean it off chances are its dirty.
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Unread 10-13-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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Thanks dude, tried that without success. Does anyone if it possible to test the senor (shorting the wires) I doubt it is variable but does it expect a certain resistance?
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Unread 10-13-2013, 02:46 PM   #4
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you could just not use the auto light control and turn the knob 2 clicks at night when you need the lights
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Unread 10-13-2013, 02:50 PM   #5
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start the vehicle, turn the headlights to auto, take a flash light and shine it right on the ambient light sensor if the headlamps turn off great, next step, cover up the ambient light sensor and make it as dark as possible, if the headlamps turn on its good.
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Unread 10-13-2013, 04:16 PM   #6
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Success..:-)
I removed the sensor from the vent grill housing and this time I noticed that the actual sensor is not enclosed and therefore open to contamination. The part I cleaned appears to be a light filter of sorts which sits above the actual sensor. A quick blast of air did the trick.
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Unread 10-13-2013, 04:50 PM   #7
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I like my auto lights. I like how you get that 30 or delay when shutting the jeep off at night.
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