Auto Headlights

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by MOFiST, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. MOFiST

    MOFiST Member

    I'm not sure if the US has the same spec headlights as Aussie but I've noticed my Auto Headlights are coming on ridiculously early as in when there's still bright sunlight late in the day. Does anyone know where the sensor is for the Auto headlights and whether it can be adjusted?
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  3. frismanis

    frismanis Member

    Mine come on when I go under overpasses. Lol.:biglaugh:
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  4. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    The sensor is the thing that looks like a marble on top and in the middle of the dash next to the windshield.
    The settings are in the BCM and are not user programmable.

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  5. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    FWIW: We had fairly overcast weather in Kansas City yesterday, and my lights did not come on in auto mode when I thought they should have during my AM drive, with flurries of snow/sleet in the morning gray.
  6. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Also if in the Auto mode the headlights will turn on, if you turn on the wipers.

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  7. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    Thanks, D1JL. I actually wondered about that as I (a) manually turned on the lights just before (b) turning on the wipers, but didn't fuss around trying to test the idea. Now I know--thanks. I could've just turned on the wipers! Good to know.
  8. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    I want mine to come on a little earlier ... same with my Focus ... so on both cars I partly covered the sensor with a piece of electrical tape. I want the lights on unless it's in the middle of a sunny day.
  9. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    I would suggest experimenting with window tint on the sensor rather than electrical tape.
    What ever works for you.

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  10. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    Black tape is the official Click & Clack solution, and therefore preferred to such things as window tints. :bucktooth:
  11. LuvfiestaST

    LuvfiestaST Active Member

    Thanks for the tip
  12. Gpfarrell

    Gpfarrell Member

    I usually put my gloves over the sensor in our Lincoln Navigator. I think they'd fly off the dash of the ST though!
  13. wash

    wash Active Member

    The thing I don't like is that if I get to my destination and turn off the car, then hit the ignition to listen to the radio, if it is dark, the auto headlights turn on.

    I don't want to drain my battery that way.

    If I want the headlights on with the engine stopped I can put the switch in the on position.

    I'm not the sort of retard that leaves on my headlights by accident but I am the sort that might not notice them if I don't bother to switch my headlights from auto to off.
  14. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    If you get to your destination and turn off the car, the lights go off and the radio stays on as long as you don't open the door. The beauty of it is that you don't have to use auto if you don't like the way it operates. Personally, I like it. My wife doesn't like hers on her Fusion, so she never uses auto. Choices are a good thing.
  15. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    It makes no difference if your headlights are in on or auto.
    They will turn off with the ignition.
    In on however the parking lights will remain on.

    Personally I never use auto.
    But then I have my fogs wired as DRLs so they are on with the ignition.

  16. MOFiST

    MOFiST Member

    In Aus we get the led strip DRLs which are very cool and I like them so for that reason I don't need the auto headlamps coming on super early. It looks like I'm a friggn safety nut. I imagine not as easy for me to fix unless I find a way to let more light into the sensor. I'll probably just deal with it and turn them off.
    I'm glad someone bought up the radio. I also find it hard to get used to not having a key so I can just turn on cabin accessory power.

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  17. wash

    wash Active Member

    By radio, I mean satellite radio that will not come on without the ignition.
  18. MOFiST

    MOFiST Member

    For me it's for my dash cam there are times I'd want to turn it on and it's plugged into accessory power plug which I cant turn on without turning on ignition. At least there's no way I know of. It's also funny that the rear accessory power plug comes on when I unlock the car but the one in the front does not. Werd...
  19. aborbs87

    aborbs87 Active Member

    What kind of dash cam do you have? I've been looking into getting one.

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  20. MOFiST

    MOFiST Member

    I'm using a mobius cam I got from eBay. It does gopro grade pictures for cheaper. it works really well.

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  21. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    I do not understand.
    Both power points in the center console (front & rear) are hot all the time.


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