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2001 prizm, when it's dark outside my lights don't work

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2001 prizm , when...

2001 prizm , when it's dark outside my lights don't work until I shine a light on the ambient light sensor what's wrong is there a cheap fix?

Mechanic's Assistant: Just to clarify, what are the exact lights you're talking about?

Headlights

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Prizm yourself? What have you tried so far?

Yes, changed the relay

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago
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Hi Im David, thanks for visiting the site. The ambient light sensor needs to be replaced. Its losing its sensitivity.

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

procedure

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

cluster removal

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Is there anyway to bypass it
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

no, you cannot by pass it. it needs a light source

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
When I look to buy the part all I find is the connector wires
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

ok, let me try to find it for you

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

https://www.google.com/search?q=2001+checy+prizm+ambient+light+sensor&oq=2&aqs=chrome.2.69i59j69i57j69i59j69i61j69i60l2.2466j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=2001+chevy+prizm+ambient+light+sensor&tbm=shop&spd=6301517822697395185

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Ok thank you I ordered one 150$ so I hope your right
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

ok, so your lights dont turn out at night unless you shine a light on the sensor? it kind of sort of has to be that sensor.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No way it could be the drl module
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

are the drl's working?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I don't mean to sound like I'm doubting your answer I think this was well worth the call to you thank you so much
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

I understand, no problem. if you dont feel comfortable, try getting one from a salvage yard.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No I ordered one , it's gotta be the problem
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

I agree.

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

hows it going?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Still no part yet
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

ok

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Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

just checking in to see how its going

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Still no part they say Wednesday
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Changed the part like u said , waited till dark started the car lights came on for 20 seconds then went off dash and taillight still work and parking light are on and in the 20 there on no dash lights until I turn the switch and also high beam switch shuts headlights right off
Chevy Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 6 months ago

ok, well Im not sure what the problem is then. I will open this up to let someone else chime in on the issue. Do not reply back or it will take your question off of the board.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I still haven't got any answers
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