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Ok alll the dealer said to keep the headlights on auto and the sensor would take care of turning on the lights when needed. When not needed the small amber daytime running lights would be illuminated. The other day at dusk I was driving on I-65 in Kentucky on our weekend trip and two semi trucks honked at me about 2 miles from each other. I was concerned so when I got off an exit I inspected the car to see if I had any issues, i.e. a blown tail light, missing taillight lens, missing spoiler, etc...all the things that can happen, but I figured out that the headlights were not on and in my opinion they should have been. Have any others run into this issue, i.e. maybe the sensor is not sensitive enough or possibly too sensistive? My Jetta back in 2002 when on auto would have the headlights come on during early dusk, but the new outback seems to wait until later in the twilight
 

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Ok alll the dealer said to keep the headlights on auto and the sensor would take care of turning on the lights when needed. When not needed the small amber daytime running lights would be illuminated. The other day at dusk I was driving on I-65 in Kentucky on our weekend trip and two semi trucks honked at me about 2 miles from each other. I was concerned so when I got off an exit I inspected the car to see if I had any issues, i.e. a blown tail light, missing taillight lens, missing spoiler, etc...all the things that can happen, but I figured out that the headlights were not on and in my opinion they should have been. Have any others run into this issue, i.e. maybe the sensor is not sensitive enough or possibly too sensistive? My Jetta back in 2002 when on auto would have the headlights come on during early dusk, but the new outback seems to wait until later in the twilight
Mine are working fine with the sensitivity in the defaut position. In fact a lot better than the 2010-2012 Outbacks which come on with every overpass. If you do want them to come on sooner you can adjust the sensitivity with the settings switch on bottom left of steering wheel.
 

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I would prefer that the lights in our Outback come on earlier than they do.

If you do want them to come on sooner you can adjust the sensitivity with the settings switch on bottom left of steering wheel.
I was under the impression that only the dealer could adjust the sensitivity of the light sensor?
 

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I would prefer that the lights in our Outback come on earlier than they do.



I was under the impression that only the dealer could adjust the sensitivity of the light sensor?
The OP has a 2013 which has a different system than pre-2013. It's user adjustable and includes a delay to prevent the overpass problem.
 

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Oh. I saw you have a 2010 so I figured you were talking from experience with your own car.
Actually, I am. I traded for a 2013. Guess I better update that.
 

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user adjustable

i found that the default setting did not come on soon enough so i changed the sensitivity on the sensor to the next level up in sensitivity and everything is perfect.... it's easy to change on the limited.. not sure about the premium model... it's all in your instuction manual.
 

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i found that the default setting did not come on soon enough so i changed the sensitivity on the sensor to the next level up in sensitivity and everything is perfect.... it's easy to change on the limited.. not sure about the premium model... it's all in your instuction manual.
Thanks-I will check that out. My wife reads the manuals and I listen! Im not as techie as she is
 

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...I don't depend on the sensor to turn my lights off and on. I go buy the rule of thumb...turn them on 1/2 hour before sunset and off 1/2 hour after sunrise. Some on the forum have siad that the extra cycling of the lights going off and on by relying on the sensor results in few hours of bulb length. Don't know if it's true but hey...changing those low beam bulbs is a royal PIA so if leaving the lights on manual makes them last longer I am all for it.
 

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Mine seem to work pretty well and go on and off when needed/not needed. My 2011 was a big PITA. I had to leave them on off because they would always go on, especially going under an overpass. Even shaded areas would cause them to go on. They had no delay.

I think I saw somewhere in the manual that the new setup can be adjusted.
 
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