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    Hi,
    My car was advertised as having auto lights. - Great I thought.
    I have searched through this forum to find out how it works and now doubt that I have.
    Heres the dialema:
    I don't have the anti-clockwise selection from the off position, BUT:
    I do have rain sensitive wipers and a funniy looking little sensor to the right of the lights switch before the dash light adjuster. - What is that? is it a sensor or something else?

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    Thought I saw a post about this the other week, try covering it to see what happens.... I am sure it was something to do with the dashboard lights! Cannot really remember though and cannot find the thread ATM - sorry
     
     

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    Kevin's got it nearly right. That sensor varies the brightness of the dash, climate, and radio display...the darker it gets outside, the brighter they become and vice versa . With the auto lights feature, you should be able to move the light switch one notch anti-clock and there should also be a green led where it sits. The auto lights work in conjunction with the rain sensor.
     
     

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    Oh I see. Okay, I don't have auto lights then. Not a bad thing, just more to go wrong....
     
     

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