Lighting

Battery saver function

• The purpose of this feature is to prevent the battery from being discharged.

The system automatically turns off the exterior lights when the driver removes the ignition key and opens the driver-side door.

• With this feature, the parking lights will be turned off automatically if the driver parks on the side of road at night.

If necessary, to keep the lights on when the ignition key is removed, perform the following:
1) Open the driver-side door.

2) Turn the parking lights OFF and ON again using the light switch on the steering column.

Lighting control


Lighting control

The light switch has a Headlight and a Parking light position.

To operate the lights, turn the knob at the end of the control lever to one of the following positions:
(1) OFF position
(2) Parking light position (3) Headlight position
(4) Auto light position (if equipped)

Parking light position ()


Parking light position (When the light switch is in the parking)


When the light switch is in the parking light position (1st position), the tail, license and instrument panel lights are ON.

Headlight position ()


Headlight position (When the light switch is in the headlight)


When the light switch is in the headlight position (2nd position), the head, tail, license and instrument panel lights are ON.

NOTICE:


The ignition switch must be in the ON position to turn on the headlights.

Auto light position (if equipped)


Auto light position (if equipped)

When the light switch is in the AUTO light position, the taillights and headlights will be turned ON or OFF automatically depending on the amount of light outside the vehicle.

CAUTION:


• Never place anything over sensor (1) located on the instrument panel. This will ensure better auto-light system control.

• Don’t clean the sensor using a window cleaner. The cleaner may leave a light film which could interfere with sensor operation.

• If your vehicle has window tint or other types of coating on the front windshield, the Auto light system may not work properly.

High beam operation


High beam operation

To turn on the high beam headlights, push the lever away from you. Pull it back for low beams.

The high beam indicator will light when the headlight high beams are switched on.

To prevent the battery from being discharged, do not leave the lights on for a prolonged time while the engine is not running.

To flash the headlights, pull the lever


To flash the headlights, pull the lever towards you. It will return to the normal (low beam) position when released. The headlight switch does not need to be on to use this flashing feature.

Turn signals and lane change signals


Turn signals and lane change signals

The ignition switch must be on for the turn signals to function. To turn on the turn signals, move the lever up or down (A). Green arrow indicators on the instrument panel indicate which turn signal is operating. They will self-cancel after a turn is completed. If the indicator continues to flash after a turn, manually return the lever to the OFF position.

To signal a lane change, move the turn signal lever slightly and hold it in position (B). The lever will return to the OFF position when released.

If an indicator stays on and does not flash or if it flashes abnormally, one of the turn signal bulbs may be burned out and will require replacement.

NOTICE:


If an indicator flash is abnormally quick or slow, a bulb may be burned out or have a poor electrical connection in the circuit.

Front fog light (if equipped)


Front fog light (if equipped)

Fog lights are used to provide improved visibility and avoid accidents when visibility is poor due to fog, rain or snow etc.

The fog lights will turn on when fog light switch (1) is turned to ON after the headlights are turned on.

To turn off the fog lights, turn the switch to OFF.

CAUTION:


When in operation, the fog lights consume large amounts of vehicle electrical power. Only use the fog lights when visibility is poor or unnecessary battery and generator drain could occur.

Daytime running light (if equipped)

Daytime Running Lights (DRL) can make it easier for others to see the front of your vehicle during the day. DRL can be helpful in many different driving conditions, and it is especially helpful after dawn and before sunset.

The DRL system will make the headlights turn OFF when:
1. The headlight switch is ON.

2. The parking brake is applied.

3. Engine stops.

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