I shut off the gas valve going to my stove because the top was getting too hot when off. I know its supposed to be warm because of the pilot lights but this was hot. I suspect the pilot light is cranked up too high. I'm going to have my landlord look at it. My question is, if I turn the gas back on, do the pilot lights automatically re-light?
If there were a way to spark the pilot light automatically, you would not even have the pilot light at all (you would just use THAT thing to spark the flame only when needed). This is how my stove works: I have no pilot light, but I have "spark plugs" at the burners (they make a loud clicking noise when the gas knob is in the Start position).
So, by definition, if you have pilot lights, then you need them. If you snuffed them then you need to be ready to re-kindle them, they won't re-kindle themselves.
If has a pilot flame usually no, but automatic valve will stay closed so no risk of gas leakage nor explosion, if your is pilot-less yes, because flame is turned on 'on request' by an electric spark. The important thing is that the boiler is not locked by 'autosensing' absence of gas. My boiler tries to self start 3 times for about 5 seconds, if gas isn't coming (so flame doesn't ignite), it'll go into 'block' and I have to manually reset it to get it work again.