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Hi everyone. Can someone tell me if I'm stupid. I don't see where I can turn the headlights off when the car is off. So if by mistake I have auto lights off and my headlights are on and I shut off the car, I can't turn off the lights with any button unless I turn the car back on and put it back on auto lights on. Am I missing something? I don't even think I am turning auto off and when I open door lights alarm starts beeping. No way to get rid of it from what I can see without turning car back on and changing setting to auto. Any clever tricks or telling me why I'm dumb would help me greatly. Thx
 

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What happens if you disconnect the battery?
 

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See if this works...after turning off car, rotate light switch to auto and then back to on. Or maybe I'm not understanding. I just use the auto lights and about 30 secs after I turn off the car they go out.


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See if this works...after turning off car, rotate light switch to auto and then back to on. Or maybe I'm not understanding. I just use the auto lights and about 30 secs after I turn off the car they go out.


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Correct. But if I don't have auto on. For whatever reason it got turned off while driving, if I shut the car off and them notice the light alarm going off when I open door, there is nothing I can do to shut it off without turning car back on and then turning auto back on. It's like the knob doesn't respond unless engine is on. Weird. Has to be another way. Can't turn your lights off when auto isn't on when car is off. That would be ridiculous. If someone could test this out that's be awesome.
 

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When the auto light control is turned off and the headlights are on with engine running, the lights turn off when the ignition is turned off. That's how it should work.
 

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agreed, thats how it should work- but it doesn't.
I wish it would work that way. I like my lights to be on at all times, and on my c6 they would turn off even if I had them on manually after the ignition was off after 30 seconds.
In the C7, they wont turn off- or at least they didn't after several minutes and I didn't want to wait for 30 minutes and have a dead battery to see if they did turn off.
 

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Right on. They do NOT shut off even if auto is off when engine is shutdown. They stay on forever. That is why alarm signals.
 

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Alright. I figured it out. So let's say auto lights is on. If you turn off car and say forget and close your windows so you tap the engine button so you can power them back up, that when your lights stay on and there is nothing you can do unless you start the car. Don't know if this a correct or proper function or not.
 

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Wonder if the ~10 minute timer that shuts anything you forget to turn off, turns them off automatically?
 

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Are we really talking about the headlights themselves, or are we talking about "driving lights" that are designed to be on for safety? Drive down a two lane country road in poor visibility conditions, especially in a silver or gray car (I own one), and the first thing one sees on the oncoming vehicle are the "designed for safety" running lights -- before you notice the car itself.
 

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Are we really talking about the headlights themselves, or are we talking about "driving lights" that are designed to be on for safety? Drive down a two lane country road in poor visibility conditions, especially in a silver or gray car (I own one), and the first thing one sees on the oncoming vehicle are the "designed for safety" running lights -- before you notice the car itself.
headlights, not driving lights!
 

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Ok I think I might have it. So lights are on (not on auto), car is running and you turn off car. To turn off light move switch past the auto to the last position and it "springs" back to auto and turns off lights. You can do this after car is turned off.
 

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Yes I know that.
The point was this, in the previous gen, you could place the lights on manually- however when you turned off the car, the lights would turn off automatically after 15-30 seconds, or depending what you set it for.
When you started back up, lights were on, and you essentially could have your headlights on all the time as you drove.
Sometimes, you want your headlights on regardless of lighting conditions. You want that visibility. And if you turned off the car, you didnt have to worry about a dead battery or alarm going off.
Now in this generation, it seems that you can turn your headlights on manually- but the car (for all its advanced electronics) doesnt seem to know how to turn off the headlights after 15 seconds.
Rather it would prefer to warn you with an alarm.
In other words, someone decided to change the function to have the cars alarm chime in when you left lights on, to get you back there to turn them off, rather than code the electronics to turn off the lights and not bother warning you with the alarm.
Seems like some engineer was too smart for himself or was not accustomed to driving a lower to the ground car which would have given that engineer the perspective that sometimes you want headlights on in the daytime for safety visibility concerns.
 

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Yes I know that.
The point was this, in the previous gen, you could place the lights on manually- however when you turned off the car, the lights would turn off automatically after 15-30 seconds, or depending what you set it for.
When you started back up, lights were on, and you essentially could have your headlights on all the time as you drove.
Sometimes, you want your headlights on regardless of lighting conditions. You want that visibility. And if you turned off the car, you didnt have to worry about a dead battery or alarm going off.
Now in this generation, it seems that you can turn your headlights on manually- but the car (for all its advanced electronics) doesnt seem to know how to turn off the headlights after 15 seconds.
Rather it would prefer to warn you with an alarm.
In other words, someone decided to change the function to have the cars alarm chime in when you left lights on, to get you back there to turn them off, rather than code the electronics to turn off the lights and not bother warning you with the alarm.
Seems like some engineer was too smart for himself or was not accustomed to driving a lower to the ground car which would have given that engineer the perspective that sometimes you want headlights on in the daytime for safety visibility concerns.
Sorry misunderstood, got it now.
 

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You've got daytime running lights, I don't see the need to have the lights on all the time, but that's just me. Then again, I disable DRL's whenever I can so I'm the opposite of the OP.


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You've got daytime running lights, I don't see the need to have the lights on all the time, but that's just me. Then again, I disable DRL's whenever I can so I'm the opposite of the OP.


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to each his own.
I like DRL when they are tastefully done. Ours are.
But sometimes I have the need for headlights even when the auto function doesnt think we need them.
None of this would be even material to discuss if they kept the functionality we had before.
The C7 has many steps forward, but in a couple of places its a step backwards.
 

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Agreed and it's odd you don't even get a warning when you shut off the car.


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Agreed and it's odd you don't even get a warning when you shut off the car.


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Still think whoever cares should try and see if the automatic shut down of power after 10 to 15 minutes doesn't shut them off! It does most other electrical loads.
 
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