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2001 Chevy: ambient..My automatic headlights turn on at ignition

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My 2001 Chevy Silverado ambient light sensor seems to be bad. My automatic headlights turn on at ignition and stay on whether it is day or night. The sensor is not dirty or blocked. I know I can push the dome override button 4 times to turn the lights off, but I want my DRLs to work and the override button turns them off too. I've been using the override button for a year now pretty much everyday and am afraid I'm going to wear it out.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 5 years ago.
Welcome. Are you looking to replace the sensor?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes, if I can do so myself. Otherwise a way to disable it would be okay. Sorry I wasn't clear about my actual question.
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 5 years ago.

OK, to replace the sensor is not too bad.

Removal Procedure

  1. Set the air flow control to the instrument panel (IP) vent position if equipped with air conditioning (A/C).
  2. Apply the parking brake to prevent the vehicle from moving.
  3. Move the shift lever all the way down (if the transmission is automatic).
  4. Tilt the steering wheel to the full down position.
  5. Apply the parking brake to prevent the vehicle from moving.
  6. If equipped with an automatic transmission, move the shift lever all the way down to last gear.
  7. Tilt the steering wheel to the full down position.
    Object Number: 348730  Size: SH

  8. Pull gently rearward on the corners of the bezel from the instrument panel (IP) assembly.
  9. Remove the bezel.
  10. Object Number: 348724  Size: SH

  11. Remove the end panels. Left is shown, right is similar.
  12. Remove the right side air outlets.
    Object Number: 348728  Size: SH

  13. Remove the assist handle by depressing the release tabs accessed through the air outlet duct holes.
  14. Remove the windshield pillar garnish moldings by pulling out at the top. Disconnect the speaker if equipped.
  15. Remove the bolts retaining the pad to IP assembly.
    Object Number: 350507  Size: SH

  16. Left the trim pad up to disconnect the electrical connector (1) to the ambient light sensor on the underside of the trim pad.
    Object Number: 348717  Size: SH

  17. Remove the trim pad from the assembly.
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Experience: GM Grand Master Technician 2007. 11 years experience.
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