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Adding auto headlamp feature to 2020 4Runner non limited or Pro

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by KAPSIG1, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:49 AM
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    KAPSIG1

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    Adding auto headlamp feature to 2020 4Runner non limited or Pro

    All my other vehicles have auto headlights. This is the only grip my wife has with my 20 Venture.

    Has anyone added dded the feature

    Could it be this simple or is there more parts involved

    I know its Honda but
    I had auto headlights on my 08 Acura TL Type S and my buddy's TL did not. He added the switch and gained the feature

    Yes I know how easy it is to just use the switch


    Quick research
    TRD PRO and Limited use

    Headlamp Switch - Toyota (84140-35171)
    Multi-Function Switch, Switch Assembly Headlamps
    Limited package. 4Runner. Trd-pro. With auto headlamps.
    Notes: Includes Headlamp, Fog Lamp And Turn Signal Switch.

    Venture and below use
    Headlamp Switch - Toyota (84140-35181)
    Multi-Function Switch, Switch Assembly Headlamp
    4Runner. Sr5, trail package. Without auto headlamps.
    Notes: Includes Headlamp, Fog Lamp And Turn Signal Switch.
     
  2. Feb 13, 2020 at 10:01 AM
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    I would figure that you’d also need something that senses when it’s light or dark enough for the lights to on or off.
     
  3. Feb 13, 2020 at 11:28 AM
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    Ambient Light Sensor - Toyota (89121-0E060)
    This was a number I was given but unsure
     
  4. Feb 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM
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    sounds simple to build. perhaps trigger off the ambient sensor to a 12v relay to the light switch. but the switch would have to be on the on position all the time and the sensor and relay will handle the rest :)
     
  5. Feb 13, 2020 at 6:31 PM
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    I'd like to do the same. It's ridiculous when you look through the owners manual and see all of the different headlight configurations. You'd think Toyota would save a few bucks just making everyone have the same setup with Auto headlights.
     
  6. Feb 13, 2020 at 9:13 PM
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    Please! If someone figures this out it would be awesome... so disappointing that my base base model ‘05 corolla has auto headlights and my $40,000 SUV doesn’t!!
     
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  7. Feb 14, 2020 at 7:05 AM
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    Why not just leave the headlights on all the time? They turn off automatically.
     
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  8. Feb 14, 2020 at 7:40 AM
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    I felt the same when I bought my 2019 TRD OF but now I just deal with it. From what I saw in previous posts even changing the switch on the column doesn't fix the issue and it could be in the software of the truck. I have just gotten used to leaving the lights on and not worrying about it. The latest issue I have is the sun reflecting off the hood scoop when driving lol
     
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    Maybe this link will help? Didn’t really go through much of the thread, but maybe theres something there that can be of use to you?
     
  10. Feb 14, 2020 at 11:33 AM
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  11. Feb 14, 2020 at 12:37 PM
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    that works too. but you'll lights are auto during the day :)
     
  12. Feb 15, 2020 at 4:02 PM
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    Yeah I’m not willing to pay that much for my 2020. I’ll wait cause $5-$10 seems worth it.
     
  13. Sep 23, 2020 at 7:07 PM
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    I know this is a super old thread, but I just bought my first 4Runner (SR5 Premium), and was wondering if it's OK to just leave the lights on all the time. I know they turn off automatically, so I figure it's not a big deal, but just wondering if anyone's experienced any negative effects from leaving them on.

    And I guess I'm right in assuming the "auto" button on the dash is JUST for the auto high beams, right?
     
  14. Sep 24, 2020 at 6:40 AM
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    Fuck yo' overlanding
    You guys with your auto headlights and push button starts. Good lord. Do you have an aversion to twisting your wrists?

    That's what I do. Headlights just left on always. No issues. I did reprogram the timer with Carista so they shut off as soon as the driver's door opens with the ignition off.

    I don't have an auto button so dunno...?
     
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    :rofl:

    Nothing wrong with leaving them on all the time other than bulb life will be shorter. howsmydriving42 - you are correct. The "auto" button is new for 2020 and activates the auto high beams.
     
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    I’m sure a lot of 4th Gen guys said that about the 5th Gens features and the 3rd did it to the 4th and so on.
     
  17. Sep 24, 2020 at 3:43 PM
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    Have you seen this? I haven’t ordered it yet, but I might give it a try. It comes in a few colors. 1A206FF2-AC83-4DCF-897D-A7DAD06595E8.jpg 1A206FF2-AC83-4DCF-897D-A7DAD06595E8.jpg
     
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    I have flat dark grey on my mgm and love it

    56878ABB-33FB-4728-A6CA-F2E85074F13E.jpg
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  19. Sep 25, 2020 at 5:59 PM
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    My Venture is the same color w/ blacked out trim. I was thinking about getting the matte black decal. Would you say the dark grey is color matched to your truck or is there a big difference ? Both pics look a little different, so hard for me to tell. It does look good on your runner though.
     
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    Not so much matched just close
    Everybody / manufacture uses black just wanted something different
    All the black on mine as a gloss I thought flat black would also look odd agains the black on the mirrors, grill & wipers

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  21. Sep 26, 2020 at 7:33 AM
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    I like how this thread went from auto headlights to hood scoop decals.
     
  22. Sep 26, 2020 at 11:48 AM
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    Lol.. I’m wondering same thing too. I think in post #17 we traveled into another multi-verse
     
  23. Sep 26, 2020 at 3:10 PM
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    I think that was my fault, I didn’t mean to do that, not intentional. I apologize.
     
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    Thank you, I agree. Looks good!
     
  25. Sep 26, 2020 at 5:19 PM
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    2020 Limited here. The auto headlight on feature is pretty much useless without having it auto-on headlights when wipers are turned on. The sensor to turn them on/off based on outside light works ok but it just seems half-assed to not have the wiper auto on bit too.
     
  26. Sep 26, 2020 at 5:24 PM
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    So if your wipers are on your auto headlights don’t work ?
     
  27. Sep 26, 2020 at 5:26 PM
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    No if wipers turned on during daylight and headlights on auto, headlights will not turn on. You will have to manually turn them on.
     
  28. Sep 26, 2020 at 5:31 PM
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    What ?

    strange. I’ve had my wipers on many times and my headlights auto turned on when dark.
     
  29. Sep 26, 2020 at 5:36 PM
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    Yes, when dark out it works fine. The complaint is most modern cars with auto headlights also turn them on when wipers come on, regardless of whether or not it is day or night outside. 4runner does NOT have that function, only the function of auto on based on outside light. During the day, put your headlights on auto. Then turn wipers on. Headlights will not come out. Again, half-assed auto on feature.
     
  30. Sep 26, 2020 at 5:41 PM
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    Ahh okay so I miss understood gripe. So basically, our limiteds headlights don’t auto turn on when you manually turning on wipers.
     

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