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Old 02-03-2006, 05:26 PM   #1
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There'* been several discussions about how to have control over your headlights regardless of time of day, etc. So far I have my DRL'* disabled on my 1997 SE. Some people have talked about installing switches to modify the headlight circuits, but has anyone thought about tricking the photocell/ light sensor on the driver side dash into thinking it'* always daytime? Last night I stopped the car but left it in Drive and shined a flashlight on the sensor. After about 15 seconds all the outside lights turned off - car still IN GEAR mind you. With disabled DRLs and the car thinking it'* daytime you would have NO exterior lights on the car and could have total control with the existing *****. I read something on another forum regarding an 03-04 Grand AM
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1.) Remove the ambient light sensor under the dash defrost grill.
2.) Put a 10ohm resistor in place of ambient light sensor.
Would something like this work on a Bonnie? It seems simpler than cutting and running wires all over the place and it would be easier to go back to stock if need be. What do you guys think?
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Here'* the link to that forum I found with the Grand Am. It'* about 1/4 of the way down the page.
http://www.xtremega.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1705
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it has been discussed before, a search would turn it up. No one that i know of has done testing with it.

I would, but I don't have access to my car.

there may be a way to do it with just cutting the P,N, R switch.
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Yeah, here'* that subject...
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ocell&start=20
It goes over an *-10 though. I wonder if the resistor would be the same Ohms though.
As another solution, I was thinking about rigging up an LED (covered so it wouldn't shine in the cabin) with a switch hidden somewhere on the side or under the dash - and trying to make it inconspicuous somehow. I think there'* a crease in the dash that a wire could be run in over to the side of the dash. Just some thoughts...
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By the way... How do you remove the photocell from the dash? I have a chilton'* manual but it only covers the earlier models very well in this case. It isn't located in the defroster grill where I can just pry it up. It'* in a solid piece of plastic that runs the on the back length of the dash.
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