Dashboard "courtesy" lights

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Asked by May 04, 2008 at 05:40 PM about the 1993 Buick Regal Custom Sedan FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Whenever I shut the door or turn the key, the dashboard lights come on unless I already turned the headlights are on, so if I'm in a hurry and a well-lit area I get conned into thinking that my headlights are on, and last December I finally got pulled over for it.  This never happened with my previous car, because the dashboard lights were only on concurrently with the headlights.  I then read the owner's manual, and they're supposed to do that!  WTF?  Whose dumb idea was that?  Has anybody else had this problem, and if so, were you able to fix it?

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Never heard of that before. It's possible that there is a problem with the headlight switch, like a short, that is causing this.

115

No, it's not a problem, it's supposed to do that, it was just a REALLY stupid idea. I just want to know if it's possible to rewire those lights so they're only on concurrently with the headlights.

45

My guess is it would be more work than it's worth. I Gran Sport 2 door does that too, I don't even understand the purpose of it.

Its suppost to do that just look at the headlight switch

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