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High beams not working or I don't know how to work them

timeshifter

Member
Jan 23, 2021
81
56
USA
Picked up my car 4 days ago. I drove it 100 miles home and used the auto high beam feature. Worked very nicely. I'm not sure what software version I was on when I picked it up. I do recall that the high beam indicator and headlight indicator where horizontal across the top.

I soon updated to 2021.4.11 and again to 2021.4.12. The headlight indicators are now vertical along the left edge of the screen.

The auto high beams don't work. I've checked the settings and it's selected. I tried changing it back and forth.

I can manually, temporarily turn on high beams by pulling (or pushing, don't recall) on the stalk. I'll see the lights come up and the blue indicator icon on the screen. But I have to keep pressure on the stalk.

Any ideas?

update: just went out and fooled with it a bit. If I turn off Auto High Beam I can turn them on with the stalk. But, while driving for the last few days I don't recall EVER seeing the high beams come on in places where I'd expect they would.
 
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NJEV-Don

Member
Sep 10, 2020
225
149
Northern New Jersey
I have a question as well. I have Auto High Beams turned on in the car settings. I can see it on my main screen on the left side that shows a greyed out high beam indicator which signifies that it is in fact enabled but not currently on because there is sufficient light detected. My issue is that when I use my blinkers that causes the greyed out icon to turn off. It seems like it happens a lot. am I doing something wrong? I constantly have to push the stalk to turn that back on. It seems like a flaw. In other cars it’s a roaring switch on the stalk that is less prone to accidental turning off. It’s. it a huge deal but it’s kind of annoying. Any thoughts?
 

Robb.W

Member
Feb 23, 2021
5
6
Elgin, IL
The auto high beams don't work. I've checked the settings and it's selected. I tried changing it back and forth.

I can manually, temporarily turn on high beams by pulling (or pushing, don't recall) on the stalk. I'll see the lights come up and the blue indicator icon on the screen. But I have to keep pressure on the stalk.

Any ideas?
Yes, you can activate the "Auto High Beams" feature in the settings. However, the high beams won't automatically come on while you're out driving. You still have to manually turn on the high beams by pushing forward the left stalk. Once you've activated the high beams, then the vehicle will automatically turn them off and on as oncoming traffic approaches.
 

agordon117

New Member
Mar 25, 2021
2
0
Ohio
Pretty sure this is a bug. My car has enabled auto high beams at least twice since the last update by itself. Which led me to be super confused about why my brights weren't able to be normally toggled anymore. The first time it happened, a bunch of things had changed back to default automatically, so I shut it off at the same time. The next day I found it had re-enabled when I actually went to use my brights.
 

agordon117

New Member
Mar 25, 2021
2
0
Ohio
Also, the auto high beam feature is known to be very hit or miss for everyone not in the FSD beta. It might work okay in some situations but work completely erratically in others.
 

Ruffles

Member
Jun 13, 2017
354
456
Snohomish WA
There is also a bug where if you enable the Auto High Beams in the settings AND push the left stick forward to turn it on, it will save that setting to your profile and when you get back in to drive, it will still be enabled and turned on UNLESS there is a sentry event when you are out of the car. If so, you will have to press the left stick forward again to turn on (it will stay enabled in the settings however).
 
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MP3Mike

Well-Known Member
Feb 1, 2016
15,393
33,415
Oregon
Really, the feature is named wrong, because it isn't Automatic High Beams, it is a feature to Automatically Dip to Low Beams when there is a vehicle in front of you. (You have to have the auto feature enabled and turn the high beams on before it does anything.)
 

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