Automatic Headlights Work Sometimes, Maybe - 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Automatic Headlights Work Sometimes, Maybe

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 30, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

A weird thing happened when I hopped in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 one night last week: The headlights didn't turn on.

Our car has automatic headlights, and the dial was in the "A" position. I was in a dimly-lit parking garage, but one I'd parked in many times without this issue. Switching the headlights on manually worked, but turning the dial back to "A" turned them off. Clearly, our Charger was satisfied with the amount of light in the garage.

I went out into the night, drove for a bit so the car might acclimate to the darkness, and then pulled over. When I turned the dial back to A, the headlights turned off again.

I figured the sensor was broken.

A few days later, I parked the car in an open lot. It was night when I returned, and before turning the car on, I switched the dial back over to A and turned the car on. The lights came on with it.

Maybe the sensor has some light sensitivity. For the time being, I'm filing this one along with the Yugo under Older Car Has Weird Quirks.

Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor

 

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