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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-26-2016, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question Auto head lights

Well, I guess that I have been spoiled. This is my 5th Jeep and every one of them automatically shut the lights off when I left the car. Not so in this one? Is it possible to upgrade to a switch that will have this function???

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The lights will be turned off by the battery saver. It does take a bit longer then what the 'auto' feature would be and of course you will have the chime for the lights being left on.
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The 2015 Latitudes have auto headlights so I guess the 2014s don't. I did fond this in the 2014 owner's manual, page 373 :
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After pressing the Lights soft-key the following settings
will be available.
• Headlights Off Delay
When this feature is selected, it allows the adjustment of
the amount of time the headlights remain on after the
engine is shut off. To change the Headlights Off Delay
setting, touch the Headlights Off Delay soft-key, and
choose either 0 sec, 30 sec, 60 sec or 90 seconds. A
check-mark appears next to setting indicating that the
setting has been selected. Touch the back arrow soft-key
to return to the previous menu.
• Headlight Illumination On Approach
When this feature is selected, the headlights will activate
and remain on for 0, 30, 60, or 90 seconds when the doors
are unlocked with the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter. To change the Illuminated Approach status,
touch the + or - soft-key to select your desired time
interval. Touch the back arrow soft-key to return to the
previous menu.
I don't have a *soft-key* light switch in my 2015 (or do I ?), it's a rotary knob and Auto is the last setting to the right.

Edit to add link for the manual I consulted :
http://www.jeep.com/download/pdf/man...kee-OM-2nd.pdf

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Well, I'll try that. The Stealership told me that if I accidentally leave the lights on they will automatically go out,

when the battery is dead!
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The 2015 Latitudes have auto headlights so I guess the 2014s don't. I did fond this in the 2014 owner's manual, page 373 :
I don't have a *soft-key* light switch in my 2015 (or do I ?), it's a rotary knob and Auto is the last setting to the right.

Edit to add link for the manual I consulted :
http://www.jeep.com/download/pdf/man...kee-OM-2nd.pdf
The *soft key* is talking about the u-connect, that is where the adjustments are made.

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Go to settings in the u-connect.
If you have the feature it will be there in the menu or submenu.
There are a lot of interesting things there that can be adjusted.

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Well, I'll try that. The Stealership told me that if I accidentally leave the lights on they will automatically go out,

when the battery is dead!


Ah, dealerships, without them, we would have so much less to talk about.... The system should kill the lights long before the battery is dead, they are usually designed that the system shuts things off before you are so dead you cannot restart the vehicle.

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The *soft key* is talking about the u-connect, that is where the adjustments are made.
Ah, right. Thanks for pointing it out. I wasn't seeing it in the manual.

OP also asked if it would be possible to install a switch that does the Auto thing. Just putting a 2015 switch would be nice, but I'm guessing there's programming behind this that wouldn't allow it to work (BCM ?)
There are aftermarket kits that do this, but... it's extra work and non factory...

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Just to clarify terminology, Battery Saver and Auto Headlights are not the same features.

Battery Saver turns off lights of any kind that have been left on for longer than 8 or 9 minutes, unless the car is running, of course. This feature is standard in all Chrysler/Jeep vehicles.

When the rotary switch on the instrument panel is turned to "AUTO," the Auto Headlights feature turns the headlights on at dusk, as well as when the windshield wipers are activated. It also keeps the headlights from coming on during the day. The feature was NOT standard on 2014 Sport and Latitude models, but was included in an option package if ordered. If your control switch doesn't have the "AUTO" setting on the far right, you don't have Auto Headlights. I understand this feature was made standard on 2015s and newer.

I had hoped to upgrade to Auto Headlights and bought a new control switch and sun sensor. When I took apart the instrument panel, I found no unused plug for the sunlight sensor, so I'm discouraged at the moment. But I'm going to talk with my dealer's parts manager and find out if there's a secret. I'll report what I learn.

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Just to clarify terminology, Battery Saver and Auto Headlights are not the same features.

Battery Saver turns off lights of any kind that have been left on for longer than 8 or 9 minutes, unless the car is running, of course. This feature is standard in all Chrysler/Jeep vehicles.

When the rotary switch on the instrument panel is turned to "AUTO," the Auto Headlights feature turns the headlights on at dusk, as well as when the windshield wipers are activated. It also keeps the headlights from coming on during the day. The feature was NOT standard on 2014 Sport and Latitude models, but was included in an option package if ordered. If your control switch doesn't have the "AUTO" setting on the far right, you don't have Auto Headlights. I understand this feature was made standard on 2015s and newer.

I had hoped to upgrade to Auto Headlights and bought a new control switch and sun sensor. When I took apart the instrument panel, I found no unused plug for the sunlight sensor, so I'm discouraged at the moment. But I'm going to talk with my dealer's parts manager and find out if there's a secret. I'll report what I learn.
Got it.

What they say in the 2014 manual has to do with programmable battery saver settings where the headlights are concerned then.

In your case, have you inquired/researched about the software side of this ? BCM ?

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