Toyota Avalon Owners Manual: Headlight switch

The headlights can be operated manually or automatically.

Operating instructions

Turning the end of the lever turns on the lights as follows:

  1. The headlights, daytime running lights and all the lights listed below turn on and off automatically.

    (When the engine switch is in IGNITION ON mode)

  2.   The side marker, parking, tail, license plate, instrument panel lights, and daytime running lights turn on.

  3. The headlights and all the lights listed above (except daytime running lights) turn on.

  4. The daytime running lights turn off.

Operating the lights and wipers

*1: For U.S.A.
*2: For Canada

Turning on the high beam headlights

  1. With the headlights on, push the lever away from you to turn on the high beams.

    Pull the lever toward you to the center position to turn the high beams off.

  2. Pull the lever toward you and release it to flash the high beams once.

    You can flash the high beams with the headlights on or off.

Operating the lights and wipers

Cornering lights (if equipped)

  • When the steering wheel or turn signal lever is operated while the headlights are on (low beam), a cornering light will turn on and light up the direction of movement of the vehicle. The cornering lights are designed to ensure excellent visibility when making a turn at an intersection.

    However, when vehicle speed is approximately 93 mph (150 km/h) or higher, the cornering lights will not turn on.

  • When the shift lever is in R while the headlights are on (low beam), both cornering lights will turn on. This is designed to enhance visibility when parking.

■Daytime running light system

  • Type A: The daytime running lights illuminate using the same lights as the low beam headlights and illuminate dimmer than the low beam headlights.

    Type B: The daytime running lights illuminate using the same lights as the parking lights and illuminate brighter than the parking lights.

  • To make your vehicle more visible to other drivers during daytime driving, the daytime running lights turn on automatically when all of the following conditions are met. (The daytime running lights are not designed for use at night.)
    • The engine is running
    • The parking brake is released
    • The headlight switch is in the or * position

*: When the surroundings are bright

The daytime running lights remain on after they illuminate, even if the parking brake is set again.

  • For U.S.A.: Daytime running lights can be turned off by operating the switch.
  • Compared to turning on the headlights, the daytime running light system offers greater durability and consumes less electricity, so it can help improve fuel economy.

■Cornering lights (if equipped) When the cornering lights are on for more than 30 minutes, they will turn off automatically.

■Headlight control sensor The sensor may not function properly if an object is placed on the sensor, or anything that blocks the sensor is affixed to the windshield.

Doing so interferes with the sensor detecting the level of ambient light and may cause the automatic headlight system to malfunction.

■Automatic light off system

  • When the headlights are on: The headlights and tail lights turn off 30 seconds after the engine switch is turned to ACCESSORY mode or turned off and a door is opened and closed. (The lights turn off immediately if on the key is pressed twice after all the doors are closed.)
  • When only the tail lights are on: The tail lights turn off automatically if the engine switch is turned to ACCESSORY mode or turned off and the driver's door is opened.

To turn the lights on again, turn the engine switch to IGNITION ON mode, or turn the light switch off once and then back to or .

If any of the doors or trunk lid is kept open, the lights automatically turn off after 20 minutes.

■Light reminder buzzer (except when the light switch is in ) A buzzer sounds when the engine switch is turned off or turned to ACCESSORY mode and the driver's door is opened while the lights are turned on.

■Windshield wiper linked headlight illumination When driving during daytime with the headlight switch turned to , if the windshield wipers are used, the headlights will turn on automatically after several seconds to help enhance the visibility of your vehicle.

■Battery-saving function

In the following conditions, the remaining lights will go off automatically after 20 minutes in order to prevent the vehicle battery from being discharged:

  • The headlights and/or tail lights are on.
  • The engine switch is in ACCESSORY mode or turned off.

This function will be canceled in any of the following situations:

  • When the engine switch is turned to IGNITION ON mode.
  • When the light switch is operated
  • When a door or the trunk is opened or closed

■Welcome lighting If the headlight switch is turned to and the surrounding area is dark, unlocking the doors using the smart key system or wireless remote control will turn the parking lights and tail lights on automatically.

■Customization Some functions can be customized.

NOTICE

■To prevent battery discharge Do not leave the lights on longer than necessary when the engine is not running.

    Operating the lights and wipers

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