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Old 09-02-2013, 01:38 PM
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Had something happen in my 2013 yesterday that caught me by surprise--suspect there was nothing wrong and it occurred by design, but wondered if others had seen this.

While driving into the sun near sundown, with no touching of the dash panel light control by me--all of a sundown the panel lights went all the way up to max brightness, and stayed there. No amount of adjusting the dash dial would dim them. After some miles went by with this condition--thinking oh great, now I have to see if a dealer can fix this--it dimmed again and the dash dial worked as normal.

Have others seen this? If it helps, we did have to lower both sun visors due to the glare. I wonder if the computer is smart enough to recognize this and or the DRL sensor recognizes bright light at a low angle--and automatically adjusts the panel light brightness? It certainly does make them easier to read when you have glare coming in right at you.
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Well what happened is you were running around at sundown and your headlights were on. When your headlights are on you can control the brightness of the dash/instruments with the dial.

When your lights are off you lose that control.

Since there was sunlight coming directly into the window and hitting the sensor even though I am sure it was fairly dim outside... the truck cutoff the headlights. When this happens the dash goes back to full brightness like it would be during the daytime.

This is all assuming you leave the headlights in the auto position.

If this happens to you again and you do have your headlights on Auto try forcing them back on.. it will dim down the dash again.
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OK that would explain it, thanks. First MOPAR rig ever, though I have driven them for work quite a bit--that was a decade or more ago. Don't recall the GM DRL's working that way, but it makes sense.
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GM DRLs work the same way, at least they did on my 2004 2500HD. I know the light sensor in my Ram is much more sensitive and the lights go on and off more often.
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