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I have a 2017 RAV4. It has been in the headlight "Auto" position since I bought it 10 months ago. Now, the high beams will not work while in the Auto position, but it is intermittent. One day it works, the next day not. One trip, the high beams work, then before arriving home, they won't work again. One trip I left the high beam switch on and they came on eventually. I took the car to the dealer and their suggestion was that when I need the high beams switch it to On. I'm not happy with that advice.

Prior to this, I had an issue with one brake light not working. I was told by two people it wasn't working. Before going to the dealer I had someone look and they verified it was not working. After driving across town to the dealer, they told me it is working fine.

All this concerns me obviously, and I'm worried about what's going to happen next.
 

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Since your 2017 is still under warranty, I would take it back to the dealer and insist they fix the problem! If they say they can't find the problem, let them keep it for a few days and drive it to see the problem. It could be a simple as a faulty headlight switch.
 

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The problem may be simply due to ambient light if yours has the "Automatic High Beam" feature. I've tried it on my 2017 SE and it works as advertised.
And Auto headlights does allow use of high beams, same as if it was turned on manually.
 

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mine is auto light
which means if I want high beam..I have to switch to it manually to another position
and pull the stick up or down..

I know this because I've been driving in the rural areas
 

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Yes, but if you have "Automatic High Beam", once you push the stick forward to turn the high beams on, they will automatically turn off when there's oncoming traffic or if you're following another car. It will then turn the high beams back on when it's safe to do so
 

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Yes, but if you have "Automatic High Beam", once you push the stick forward to turn the high beams on, they will automatically turn off when there's oncoming traffic or if you're following another car. It will then turn the high beams back on when it's safe to do so
For what year and models?
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My 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Limited, set to auto, stick pushed forward, high beams go off and on as needed, just like a charm.
 

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My 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Limited, set to auto, stick pushed forward, high beams go off and on as needed, just like a charm.
Is that with the tech package? I have a limited without tech but I’ve honestly never tried it on auto and hi beams in on position. I don’t do a lot of highway driving though(and especially at night), 95% rush hour traffic. Hence the hybrid.
 

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Is that with the tech package? I have a limited without tech but I’ve honestly never tried it on auto and hi beams in on position. I don’t do a lot of highway driving though(and especially at night), 95% rush hour traffic. Hence the hybrid.
All I know is that I have everything except the 360° camera. Try yours by doing what I said with the stick and going from a well lighted area and traffic to a darker non lit or back country road and the lights should go from low to high beams and back automatically if a car comes toward you. And then back to high beam after the car passes by you. Just make sure the stick is pushed forward and have it set to auto.
 

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ok..testing it out again...it does work when there's no cars around..

with the auto setting..

what gets me is all the flashing I get in the rural areas with low beam...is the rav4 low beam very bright??
 

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If you read the owner's manual, you'll see a laundry list of conditions that control auto high beam operation..... or not operating! :rolleyes:

High beam automatic turning on or off conditions
●When all of the following conditions are fulfilled, the high beam will be automatically
turned on (after approximately 1 second):
• Vehicle speed is above approximately 21 mph (34 km/h).
• The area ahead of the vehicle is dark.
• There are no vehicles ahead with headlights or tail lights turned on.
• There are few streetlights on the road ahead.
●If any of the following conditions are fulfilled, the high beam will be automatically
turned off:
• Vehicle speed drops below approximately 17 mph (27 km/h).
• The area ahead of the vehicle is not dark.
• Vehicles ahead have headlights or tail lights turned on.
• There are many streetlights on the road ahead.




Camera sensor detection information
●The high beam may not be automatically turned off in the following situations:
• When oncoming vehicles suddenly appear from a curve
• When the vehicle is cut in front of by another vehicle
• When vehicles ahead are hidden from sight due to repeated curves, road
dividers or roadside trees
• When vehicles ahead appear from the faraway lane on wide road
• When vehicles ahead have no lights
●The high beam may be turned off if vehicles ahead that is using fog lights
without using the headlights is detected.
●House lights, street lights, traffic signals, and illuminated billboards or signs
may cause the high beam to switch to the low beams, or the low beams to
remain on.
●The following factors may affect the amount of time taken to turn the high
beam on or off:
• The brightness of headlights, fog lights, and tail lights of vehicles ahead
• The movement and direction of vehicles ahead
• When a vehicle ahead only has operational lights on one side
• When a vehicle ahead is a two-wheeled vehicle
• The condition of the road (gradient, curve, condition of the road surface
etc.)
• The number of passengers and amount of luggage
●The high beam may be turned on or off when the driver does not expect it.
●Bicycles or similar objects may not be detected.
●In the situations shown below, the system may not be able to accurately
detect surrounding brightness levels. This may cause the low beams to
remain on or the high beams to cause problems for pedestrians, vehicles
ahead or other parties. In these cases, manually switch between the high
and low beams.
• In bad weather (rain, snow, fog, sandstorms etc.)
• The windshield is obscured by fog, mist, ice, dirt etc.
• The windshield is cracked or damaged.
• The camera sensor is deformed or dirty.
• The camera sensor temperature is extremely high.
• Surrounding brightness levels are equal to those of headlights, tail lights
or fog lights.
• Vehicles ahead have headlights that are either switched off, dirty, are
changing color, or are not aimed properly.
• When driving through an area of intermittently changing brightness and
darkness.
• When frequently and repeatedly driving ascending/descending roads, or
roads with rough, bumpy or uneven surfaces (such as stone-paved
roads, gravel tracks etc.).
• When frequently and repeatedly taking curves or driving on a winding
road.
• There is a highly reflective object ahead of the vehicle, such as a sign or
a mirror.
• The back of a vehicle ahead is highly reflective, such as a container on a
truck.
• The vehicle’s headlights are damaged or dirty.
• The vehicle is listing or tilting, due to a flat tire, a trailer being towed etc.
• The high beam and low beam are repeatedly being switched between in
an abnormal manner.
• The driver believes that the high beam may be causing problems or distress
to other drivers or pedestrians nearby.
 

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anybody else getting flashing lights from on comming traffic with low beam??
 

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No, never.
 

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Once in a while I will get the brights from oncoming cars while going up/down hilly terrain. I think it has to do with the fact that the headlights dont have auto leveling and have a sharp cutoff.
 
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