I have a 2002 Sable sedan premium with an auto on/off headlamp feature.
Presume same as Taurus.
In auto switch position, during daylight my light STAY on. I am assuming the
proble is the photocell mounted on the leading top edge of dashboard. I had a
similar problem with an older Cadillac and switched out the photocell to
solve the problem.
Question is. How to access and replace the photocell without tearing the dash
apart. Is it ebulb cover a snap-in? are there leads to the cell long enough
to pull through hole and work with. How do I access this cell.
Any input greatly appreciated.
There's no "reduced rate" with the vast majority of automotive insurers
in the USA, simply because they're not an officially recognized safety
device here, in spite of what General Motors would have you believe.
There my be SOME crash avoidance advantage in far northern countries
like Canada or the Netherlands, but below 45º N latitude (most of USA),
they do nothing except annoy a lot of people, while putting motorcycle
riders and pedestrians at increased risk.
not only that but make the car a hell of a lot easier to see coming.
I am an advocate of them. But then again, when people become so used to
something, it seems odd to see a vehicle without.... such as when many
American visitors are up here.
I drive a bike, and they don't bother me, that's for sure... not quite
sure what was meant by that.
Really? Here are a few letters to the NHTSA (there are thousands of
other letters along these lines):
As far as seeing a car coming toward me with its lights on, who cares?
That cars on the other side of the road! Im concentrating on the car
ahead of me, next to me (either side) or the car behind me difficult
when the car behind has the damn high beam DRLs turned on and I have my
mirrors turned to nighttime dimming so I can see the cars that it would
be most likely necessary to avoid. DRLs make it safer to drive? I dont
I don't know what in the hell kind of DRL's you have in the US, but the
DRL's in canada are about 25w.
I suppose you could argue also that running DRL's put additional draw on
the system, reducing fuel consumption ;P
Anyway, your arguement that they bother you while driving in the
DAYLIGHT seems quite difficult... better put out that sun... better yet,
drive at night without lights... lights certainly "appear" Brighter at
night... especially when raining.
I really have a difficult time thinking they bother you while driving in
The wattage limitation imposed by transport Canada (actually, lumen
limits) may be one of the problems in communication between drivers in
Canada and the USA as far as the evil of DRLs is concerned. What we have
here (USA) is a god awful mess of full strength low beam DRLs, reduced
intensity low AND HIGH beam DRLs, turn signal DRLs and - worst of all -
people that don't have actual DRLs but drive around with their high
beams on, pretending that they do.
As far the sun bothering me in daylight, no, but that's because there's
only ONE up there, not 15 or 20 of varying intensities, locations and
movements, as is the case with DRLs.
Night driving and the attendant necessary headlights dont bother me in
the least, since then I can use my dimming mirrors safely and not have
to worry about DRLs causing masking of other vehicles in traffic
without DRLs. Of course, I do worry about DRLs at night, because
careless drivers drive with just the DRL headlights on, with no SIDE or
REAR illumination are disasters waiting to happen.
They're a useless waste. Even GM recently claimed on their web site to
only 47 lives saved by them over 10 years. Which seems statistically
insignificant. And at 450,000,000 to 600,000,000 barrels of additional
oil consumed annually just to power them in North America, seems to me
the DRL experiment turned out to be a huge bust in GMs face.
In New York state also. But that is because the state legislature
mandated the insurance reduction, not because there was necessarily any
data to suggest a reduction in accident rates for DRL equipped cars.
[This followup was posted to alt.autos.ford and a copy was sent to the
That sensor is also used by the auto-climate system. It does double-duty
as the 'sunload sensor.' If it always thinks it is dark out, your system
may not cool as well as it could.
You can initiate a self-test of the climate system like this:
Hold the OFF and Floor (arrow pointing to foot of little person icon)
buttons down, then press the AUTO button within 2 seconds.
Wait about 30 seconds for self-test to run. Display will show ---.
Any error codes will display numbers. Write them down.
888 means test is complete.
To exit, press Temp- to retain intermittent codes, or front-defrost to
clear the codes.
Sunload sensor errors will be 051 or 053 if a short, and 050 or 052 if
open. If there is a failure, there is a checklist to follow.
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