Exterior Lighting Chevrolet Equinox

Exterior Lamp Controls
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
Automatic Headlamp System
Hazard Warning Flashers
Turn and Lane-Change Signals
Fog Lamps

Exterior Lamp Controls.

The exterior lamp control is on the instrument panel to the left of the steering column.
There are four positions.
: Turns the exterior lamps off and deactivates the AUTO mode. Turn to again to reactivate the AUTO mode.
In Canada, the headlamps will automatically reactivate when the vehicle is shifted out of P (Park).
AUTO : Turns the exterior lamps on and off automatically depending on outside lighting.
: Turns on the parking lamps including all lamps, except the headlamps.
. : Turns on the headlamps together with the parking lamps and instrument panel lights.

IntelliBeam® System.
If equipped, this system turns the vehicle’s high-beam headlamps on and off according to surrounding traffic conditions.
The system turns the high-beam headlamps on when it is dark enough and there is no other traffic present.
This light comes on in the instrument cluster when the IntelliBeam system is enabled.

Turning On and Enabling IntelliBeam.

To enable the IntelliBeam system, press on the turn signal lever when it is dark outside and the exterior lamp control is in AUTO or .

Driving with IntelliBeam.
The system only activates the high beams when driving over 40 km/h (25 mph).
The blue high-beam on light appears on the instrument cluster when the high beams are on.
There is a sensor near the top center of the windshield that automatically controls the system. Keep this area of the windshield clear of debris to allow for best system performance.

The high-beam headlamps remain on, under the automatic control, until one of the following situations occurs:.
● The system detects an approaching vehicle’s headlamps.
● The system detects a preceding vehicle’s taillamps.
● The outside light is bright enough that high-beam headlamps are not required.
● The vehicle’s speed drops below 20 km/h (12 mph).
● The IntelliBeam system is disabled by the button on the turn signal lever. If this happens, press on the turn signal lever when the exterior lamp control is in the AUTO or position to reactivate the IntelliBeam system. The instrument cluster light will come on to indicate the IntelliBeam system is reactivated.
● The IntelliBeam system will turn off if the fog lamps are turned on.
The high beams may not turn off automatically if the system cannot detect another vehicle’s lamps because of any of the following:.
● The other vehicle’s lamps are missing, damaged, obstructed from view, or otherwise undetected.
● The other vehicle’s lamps are covered with dirt, snow, and/or road spray.
● The other vehicle’s lamps cannot be detected due to dense exhaust, smoke, fog, snow, road spray, mist, or other airborne obstructions.
● The vehicle’s windshield is dirty, cracked, or obstructed by something that blocks the view of the light sensor.
● The vehicle is loaded such that the front end points upward, causing the light sensor to aim high and not detect headlamps and taillamps.
● The vehicle is being driven on winding or hilly roads.
The automatic high-beam headlamps may need to be disabled if any of the above conditions exist.

Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer.

Push the turn signal lever away from you and release, to turn the high beams on. To return to low beams, push the lever again or pull it toward you and release.

This indicator light turns on in the instrument cluster when the high-beam headlamps are on.


The flash-to-pass feature works with the low beams or Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) on or off.
To flash the high beams, pull the turn signal lever toward you momentarily and then release it.

Daytime Running Lamps (DRL).

DRL can make it easier for others to see the front of your vehicle during the day.
The DRL system comes on in daylight when the following conditions are met:.
● The ignition is on.
● The exterior lamp control is in AUTO.
● The light sensor determines it is daytime.
When the DRL are on, the taillamps, sidemarker lamps, instrument panel lights, and other lamps will not be on. The instrument cluster will be lit.
The DRL turn off when the ignition is off.
The regular headlamp system should be turned on when needed.

Automatic Headlamp System.

When the exterior lamp control is set to AUTO and it is dark enough outside, the headlamps come on automatically.

There is a light sensor on top of the instrument panel. Do not cover the sensor; otherwise the headlamps will come on when they are not needed.
The system may also turn on the headlamps when driving through a parking garage or tunnel.
When it is bright enough outside, the headlamps will turn off or may change to Daytime Running Lamps (DRL).
The automatic headlamp system turns off when the exterior lamp control is turned to or the ignition is off.

Lights On with Wipers.
If the windshield wipers are activated in daylight with the engine on, and the exterior lamp control is in AUTO, the headlamps, parking lamps, and other exterior lamps come on. The transition time for the lamps coming on varies based on wiper speed. When the wipers are not operating, these lamps turn off. Move the exterior lamp control to or to disable this feature.

Hazard Warning Flashers.

 : Press to make the front and rear turn signal lamps flash on and off. This warns others that you are having trouble.
Press again to turn the flashers off.

Turn and Lane-Change Signals.

Move the lever all the way up or down to signal a turn.
An arrow on the instrument cluster flashes in the direction of the turn or lane change.
Raise or lower the lever until the arrow starts to flash to signal a lane change. Hold it there until the lane change is completed. If the lever is briefly pressed and released, the turn signal flashes three times.
The turn and lane-change signal can be turned off manually by moving the lever back to its original position.
If after signaling a turn or lane change, the arrow flashes rapidly or does not come on, a signal bulb may be burned out.
Replace any burned out bulbs. If a bulb is not burned out, check the fuse. See Fuses and Circuit Breakers.

Fog Lamps.

The ignition and parking lamps or headlamps must be on for the front fog lamps to work.
If equipped, the front fog lamps provide extra illumination to the sides of the road and improve visibility in fog or snow.
: Press to turn the fog lamps on or off. An indicator light on the instrument cluster comes on when the fog lamps are on.
Some localities have laws that require the headlamps to be on along with the fog lamps.
Some localities have laws that require the high beams to be off when the fog lamps are on.

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