Originally Posted by gmh5760
I have an '01 SE, and would LOVE to disable the DRL and auto-lights. I can't stand them! If I wanted the freakin things on, then I'd turn them on!
I've seen another post to disable DRLs (removing relay and jumping pins #86 & #87A), but how do I kill the auto-lights? Is it the same basic process as listed previously is this post? And am I correct in assuming that the sensor is the little dome-looking thingy in the center of the top of my dash?
I am not sure but I believe the 01 has a different sensor than what is on the 96-99 series. It might be something as simple as pulling a fuse to disable the DRL and/or auto lights.
I think it is just a bad or dirty sensor in your case. Odd that it doesn't turn on when it is dark next to the porch light. But it does come on under a drive-thru where they are typically well lit.
On my '99...I pulled the auto-light sensor that is located on the left of the dash near the windshield. A small round black disc with a blue photo-cell in the center. It is real easy to pop up (did it with my keys). Wrapped a small piece of foil around the bottom of it where the two wires are. And pushed it back in the hole. The foil just shorts out the connection from the two wires making contact. Now, no more auto lights during the day. The only time to turn on the lights is to pull the switch.
I also disabled my DRL'*. There is a small white (I think it was white) controller box located on the inside of the right fender in the engine compartment (right side when looking at engine in front of the washer tank). I just disconnected the cable and wrapped some electrical tape around the controller female connection and the end of the wire which has a clip male type connection. To get to this, I had to pull up on a black plastic box covering some kind of computer board(*). Then I removed the horn for easier access.
I have been running it like this for a few months now without any adverse effects. Now I have complete control over my lights.