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Talking 2011 Mustang Automatic Headlamps

As many of you know it is very simple to get the Auto headlight feature in a vehicle that did not come with it stock. You must simply change out the switch. It was mentioned that the only drawback being that you would not be able to adjust the delay, since it isnt built into the messege center like vehilces that came factory equipped. Follow the steps below and you should be able to set the delay timer for any amount of time up to 3 minutes.

NOTE: The time delay can be programmed through the message center using the message center buttons (if equipped) or using the following steps.

NOTE: Steps 2 through 5 must be carried out within a 10-second period.

1. Start with the ignition switch off and the headlamp switch in the AUTOLAMPS ON position.

2. Place the headlamp switch in the OFF position.

3. Place the ignition switch in the RUN position.

4. Place the ignition switch in the OFF position.

5. Place the headlamp switch in the AUTOLAMPS ON position. The exterior lamps turn on at this point.

6. Wait the desired amount of time and place the headlamp switch in the OFF position (maximum of 3 minutes). The exterior lamps turn off and the autolamp time delay is now set.


Worked like a charm for me. Took all of five minutes to swap switches and program it.

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As many of you know it is very simple to get the Auto headlight feature in a vehicle that did not come with it stock. You must simply change out the switch. It was mentioned that the only drawback being that you would not be able to adjust the delay, since it isnt built into the messege center like vehilces that came factory equipped. Follow the steps below and you should be able to set the delay timer for any amount of time up to 3 minutes.

NOTE: The time delay can be programmed through the message center using the message center buttons (if equipped) or using the following steps.

NOTE: Steps 2 through 5 must be carried out within a 10-second period.

1. Start with the ignition switch off and the headlamp switch in the AUTOLAMPS ON position.

2. Place the headlamp switch in the OFF position.

3. Place the ignition switch in the RUN position.

4. Place the ignition switch in the OFF position.

5. Place the headlamp switch in the AUTOLAMPS ON position. The exterior lamps turn on at this point.

6. Wait the desired amount of time and place the headlamp switch in the OFF position (maximum of 3 minutes). The exterior lamps turn off and the autolamp time delay is now set.


Worked like a charm for me. Took all of five minutes to swap switches and program it.
Thanks for that!! My switch should be arriving today.
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Does this show up as a menu option then? Or do you just set the time by your watch?
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As many of you know it is very simple to get the Auto headlight feature in a vehicle that did not come with it stock. You must simply change out the switch. It was mentioned that the only drawback being that you would not be able to adjust the delay, since it isnt built into the messege center like vehilces that came factory equipped. Follow the steps below and you should be able to set the delay timer for any amount of time up to 3 minutes.

NOTE: The time delay can be programmed through the message center using the message center buttons (if equipped) or using the following steps.

NOTE: Steps 2 through 5 must be carried out within a 10-second period.

1. Start with the ignition switch off and the headlamp switch in the AUTOLAMPS ON position.

2. Place the headlamp switch in the OFF position.

3. Place the ignition switch in the RUN position.

4. Place the ignition switch in the OFF position.

5. Place the headlamp switch in the AUTOLAMPS ON position. The exterior lamps turn on at this point.

6. Wait the desired amount of time and place the headlamp switch in the OFF position (maximum of 3 minutes). The exterior lamps turn off and the autolamp time delay is now set.

Worked like a charm for me. Took all of five minutes to swap switches and program it.
FWIW, YMMV on this. I was aware of the manual adjustment method and tried it several times when I put my switch in. It did NOT work on my car. So there are apparently differences between cars. I'm guessing some part changed at some point that either allowed the manual method to work or stopped it from working for cars that did not come with the option.

Mine is a November 2011 build Performance Package car.

2011 Grabber Blue Performance Package.
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FWIW, YMMV on this. I was aware of the manual adjustment method and tried it several times when I put my switch in. It did NOT work on my car. So there are apparently differences between cars. I'm guessing some part changed at some point that either allowed the manual method to work or stopped it from working for cars that did not come with the option.

Mine is a November 2011 build Performance Package car.

Well I understand your concern. I just went out and double checked the system to make sure it was functioning as I had specified and it still has the 9 Second delay i had programed it for. If I could make a suggestion. In order to make sure that you are performing the steps properly do so when it is still daytime. I say this because the Auto feature will not illuminate the headlights during the day. That being said, on step #5 when you switch back over to "Auto" you will know whether it is going to work as to whether or not the headlamps illuminate and your gauges dim. If you do this during the night then the headlamps are going to illuminate anyways. I shot a video of the 9 second delay and i can post it later tonight if need be. Hope it will work for you. I would be SHOCKED if my 100A (Most base model) mustang can do it and your performance package mustang can't.

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does the base mustang have the light sensor on the dash to recognize when its dark enough to turn the lights on?

or is the autolamps feature where it leaves ur headlights on for a few seconds after u get out and close the door?

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does the base mustang have the light sensor on the dash to recognize when its dark enough to turn the lights on?

or is the autolamps feature where it leaves ur headlights on for a few seconds after u get out and close the door?

The base mustang does have the sensor built in to the center of the dash (at least mine does) so it means that when it gets dark the headlamps illuminate (when it gets brighter out they shut off) and when you turn the car off they automatically turn off (after the delay).

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As many of you know it is very simple to get the Auto headlight feature in a vehicle that did not come with it stock. You must simply change out the switch. It was mentioned that the only drawback being that you would not be able to adjust the delay, since it isnt built into the messege center like vehilces that came factory equipped. Follow the steps below and you should be able to set the delay timer for any amount of time up to 3 minutes.

NOTE: The time delay can be programmed through the message center using the message center buttons (if equipped) or using the following steps.

NOTE: Steps 2 through 5 must be carried out within a 10-second period.

1. Start with the ignition switch off and the headlamp switch in the AUTOLAMPS ON position.

2. Place the headlamp switch in the OFF position.

3. Place the ignition switch in the RUN position.

4. Place the ignition switch in the OFF position.

5. Place the headlamp switch in the AUTOLAMPS ON position. The exterior lamps turn on at this point.

6. Wait the desired amount of time and place the headlamp switch in the OFF position (maximum of 3 minutes). The exterior lamps turn off and the autolamp time delay is now set.


Worked like a charm for me. Took all of five minutes to swap switches and program it.
I ordered a new switch last night and I'm waiting for it to get here. How did you replace the switch? I've heard of people taking the whole headlight assembly out and I've heard of people pullin just the switch out.
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I ordered a new switch last night and I'm waiting for it to get here. How did you replace the switch? I've heard of people taking the whole headlight assembly out and I've heard of people pullin just the switch out.
In order to replace the switch I had to remove two 7mm bolts holding the plastic panel located under the steering column. Then I had to remove one more 7mm bolt holding the rectangle panel that fits around the switch itself. After that I pinched the three spots on the original switch and it popped out. I disconnected the old one from the available wire connector and reinstalled the new one. That simple.
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Does this show up as a menu option then? Or do you just set the time by your watch?
You don't get any indication from the car as to how long it has been. You would have to time it with a watch as you said. As soon as you flip it back to the off position the time is set there.

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In order to replace the switch I had to remove two 7mm bolts holding the plastic panel located under the steering column. Then I had to remove one more 7mm bolt holding the rectangle panel that fits around the switch itself. After that I pinched the three spots on the original switch and it popped out. I disconnected the old one from the available wire connector and reinstalled the new one. That simple.
Awesome! Great post can't wait to get mine. I leave my lights on all the time now
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Below link should take you to video i promised earlier. About 9 sec delay or so. Seems perfect to me.


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How much does the switch cost?
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$27.00 including shipping from Rockauto.com

Part # SW6659

Just installed. Works great!!!!!
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Very cool! Thanks!!
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