How to Override Auto Headlights on a Ford

by Jhonna Moye
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Once mainly an option on luxury vehicles, automatic headlights have become standard on many cars. The headlights come on automatically at dusk, eliminating the need for the driver to activate them, as well as eliminating the hazard of forgetful drivers driving without them. Ford Motor Company calls their automatic headlight system Autolamp, and the feature is very simple to disable.

Step 1

Insert the key, and turn the ignition to the "On" position.

Step 2

Locate the headlight controls. If the Autolamp system is on, the control knob will be all the way to the left.

Turn the knob so that it is straight up and down. The Autolamp system is now off, and the headlights must be turned on manually.


  • If you disable the Autolamp system, you must operate the headlights manually until you engage the system again.

Items you will need

  • Car keys

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