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    N8N
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    Default 2002 Chevy Impala... how do I

    1) Disable DRL's
    2) Disable auto headlights
    3) get the radio to turn off and on with the key

    also, are there any differences in any of the above procedures between
    '02 and newer versions? (I'm driving an '02 for now because my new
    company car is taking longer than expected to arrive.)

    Since this is a leased vehicle, all mods must be easily reversible.

    thanks!

    nate

    PS - more annoying stuff I don't like about the car...

    1) unlike EVERY other car I've ever owned, the doors don't unlock when
    you close them, if you accidentally hit the lock button the doors are
    LOCKED. (yeah, I found that out the hard way, after having it for
    maybe 6 hours. Haven't locked myself out of a car in... well, ever I
    think.)
    2) Who thought it was a good idea to put a 3400 under the hood of a
    full-sized sedan?
    3) A/C is wimpy. I hope that that is a symptom of age/abuse and not
    reflective of how it's designed. It was about 95 out today and I had
    to keep the fan on '5' to be reasonably comfortable - I would have
    preferred it cooler in the car.
    4) Glovebox is laughably small. (and did not contain owner's manual,
    but that's not the car's fault. Unless the manual is too big for the
    glovebox...)

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    Steve
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    Default 2002 Chevy Impala... how do I

    Daytime Running Light De-activation is not reversible. Don't know why you
    would want to disable a safety feature. If you want to idle with the lights
    off you can press down slightly on the Park brake before starting the
    engine...

    As for the auto locks, they can be programmed on the radio. You need the
    owner's manual. This vehicle is also designed to inhibit the doors from
    locking if the key is in the ignition. Prevents you from locking the keys in
    while you run into 7-11 for a coffee and leave the engine running.

    The radio will stay on for twenty minutes after shutting off the engine as a
    courtesy. As soon as you open the door the radio stops...

    95 degrees for AC is about the maximum design depending on the wet bulb
    temperature. Obviously the AC works harder in humid climates of 95 degrees
    in Chicago, New York or other coastal cities as opposed to the dry Arizona
    climate.

    Steve

    "N8N" <njnagel@...........m> wrote in message
    news:1121911276.060684.210670@g49g2000cwa......... o...........
    > 1) Disable DRL's
    > 2) Disable auto headlights
    > 3) get the radio to turn off and on with the key
    >
    > also, are there any differences in any of the above procedures between
    > '02 and newer versions? (I'm driving an '02 for now because my new
    > company car is taking longer than expected to arrive.)
    >
    > Since this is a leased vehicle, all mods must be easily reversible.
    >
    > thanks!
    >
    > nate
    >
    > PS - more annoying stuff I don't like about the car...
    >
    > 1) unlike EVERY other car I've ever owned, the doors don't unlock when
    > you close them, if you accidentally hit the lock button the doors are
    > LOCKED. (yeah, I found that out the hard way, after having it for
    > maybe 6 hours. Haven't locked myself out of a car in... well, ever I
    > think.)
    > 2) Who thought it was a good idea to put a 3400 under the hood of a
    > full-sized sedan?
    > 3) A/C is wimpy. I hope that that is a symptom of age/abuse and not
    > reflective of how it's designed. It was about 95 out today and I had
    > to keep the fan on '5' to be reasonably comfortable - I would have
    > preferred it cooler in the car.
    > 4) Glovebox is laughably small. (and did not contain owner's manual,
    > but that's not the car's fault. Unless the manual is too big for the
    > glovebox...)
    >

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    N8N
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    Default 2002 Chevy Impala... how do I

    > Daytime Running Light De-activation is not reversible. Don't know why you
    > would want to disable a safety feature. If you want to idle with the lights
    > off you can press down slightly on the Park brake before starting the
    > engine...


    Because they use the high beams and therefore are rude and glaring to
    other motorists, defeating the idea of a "safety" feature. It's nice
    to let other traffic know I'm there; it's not so nice to blind them.

    >
    > As for the auto locks, they can be programmed on the radio. You need the
    > owner's manual. This vehicle is also designed to inhibit the doors from
    > locking if the key is in the ignition. Prevents you from locking the keys in
    > while you run into 7-11 for a coffee and leave the engine running.


    well... they don't work that way :/

    >
    > The radio will stay on for twenty minutes after shutting off the engine as a
    > courtesy. As soon as you open the door the radio stops...
    >


    Ah, I see... never tried leaving it on.

    > 95 degrees for AC is about the maximum design depending on the wet bulb
    > temperature. Obviously the AC works harder in humid climates of 95 degrees
    > in Chicago, New York or other coastal cities as opposed to the dry Arizona
    > climate.
    >


    Well... I'm in DC... does that mean that I need to hope it doesn't get
    any hotter?

    nate

    > "N8N" <njnagel@...........m> wrote in message
    > news:1121911276.060684.210670@g49g2000cwa......... o...........
    > > 1) Disable DRL's
    > > 2) Disable auto headlights
    > > 3) get the radio to turn off and on with the key
    > >
    > > also, are there any differences in any of the above procedures between
    > > '02 and newer versions? (I'm driving an '02 for now because my new
    > > company car is taking longer than expected to arrive.)
    > >
    > > Since this is a leased vehicle, all mods must be easily reversible.
    > >
    > > thanks!
    > >
    > > nate
    > >
    > > PS - more annoying stuff I don't like about the car...
    > >
    > > 1) unlike EVERY other car I've ever owned, the doors don't unlock when
    > > you close them, if you accidentally hit the lock button the doors are
    > > LOCKED. (yeah, I found that out the hard way, after having it for
    > > maybe 6 hours. Haven't locked myself out of a car in... well, ever I
    > > think.)
    > > 2) Who thought it was a good idea to put a 3400 under the hood of a
    > > full-sized sedan?
    > > 3) A/C is wimpy. I hope that that is a symptom of age/abuse and not
    > > reflective of how it's designed. It was about 95 out today and I had
    > > to keep the fan on '5' to be reasonably comfortable - I would have
    > > preferred it cooler in the car.
    > > 4) Glovebox is laughably small. (and did not contain owner's manual,
    > > but that's not the car's fault. Unless the manual is too big for the
    > > glovebox...)
    > >

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    Timothy J. Lee
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    Default 2002 Chevy Impala... how do I

    In article <1121940485.936836.232090@g44g2000cwa............. .com>,
    N8N <njnagel@...........m> wrote:
    >Because they use the high beams and therefore are rude and glaring to
    >other motorists, defeating the idea of a "safety" feature. It's nice
    >to let other traffic know I'm there; it's not so nice to blind them.


    Drive with the low beam headlamps on all the time (perhaps put tape
    on the sensor for the automatic headlamps to make it think that it is
    night time all the time). That will get rid of the high beam DRLs.

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    N8N
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    Timothy J. Lee wrote:
    > In article <1121940485.936836.232090@g44g2000cwa............. .com>,
    > N8N <njnagel@...........m> wrote:
    > >Because they use the high beams and therefore are rude and glaring to
    > >other motorists, defeating the idea of a "safety" feature. It's nice
    > >to let other traffic know I'm there; it's not so nice to blind them.

    >
    > Drive with the low beam headlamps on all the time (perhaps put tape
    > on the sensor for the automatic headlamps to make it think that it is
    > night time all the time). That will get rid of the high beam DRLs.


    Hey, I like that idea. That way I don't have to worry about turning
    the lights off because I'll never actually turn them on. Does anyone
    know where the sensor is?

    thanks,

    nate

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    shawnews.pk.shawcable.net
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    Default 2002 Chevy Impala... how do I

    Daytime running lights use the high beam but not at full power. It's not
    going to blind anyone.

    "N8N" <njnagel@...........m> wrote in message
    news:1121940485.936836.232090@g44g2000cwa......... o...........
    >
    >
    > Steve wrote:
    > > Daytime Running Light De-activation is not reversible. Don't know why

    you
    > > would want to disable a safety feature. If you want to idle with the

    lights
    > > off you can press down slightly on the Park brake before starting the
    > > engine...

    >
    > Because they use the high beams and therefore are rude and glaring to
    > other motorists, defeating the idea of a "safety" feature. It's nice
    > to let other traffic know I'm there; it's not so nice to blind them.
    >
    > >
    > > As for the auto locks, they can be programmed on the radio. You need the
    > > owner's manual. This vehicle is also designed to inhibit the doors from
    > > locking if the key is in the ignition. Prevents you from locking the

    keys in
    > > while you run into 7-11 for a coffee and leave the engine running.

    >
    > well... they don't work that way :/
    >
    > >
    > > The radio will stay on for twenty minutes after shutting off the engine

    as a
    > > courtesy. As soon as you open the door the radio stops...
    > >

    >
    > Ah, I see... never tried leaving it on.
    >
    > > 95 degrees for AC is about the maximum design depending on the wet bulb
    > > temperature. Obviously the AC works harder in humid climates of 95

    degrees
    > > in Chicago, New York or other coastal cities as opposed to the dry

    Arizona
    > > climate.
    > >

    >
    > Well... I'm in DC... does that mean that I need to hope it doesn't get
    > any hotter?
    >
    > nate
    >
    > > "N8N" <njnagel@...........m> wrote in message
    > > news:1121911276.060684.210670@g49g2000cwa......... o...........
    > > > 1) Disable DRL's
    > > > 2) Disable auto headlights
    > > > 3) get the radio to turn off and on with the key
    > > >
    > > > also, are there any differences in any of the above procedures between
    > > > '02 and newer versions? (I'm driving an '02 for now because my new
    > > > company car is taking longer than expected to arrive.)
    > > >
    > > > Since this is a leased vehicle, all mods must be easily reversible.
    > > >
    > > > thanks!
    > > >
    > > > nate
    > > >
    > > > PS - more annoying stuff I don't like about the car...
    > > >
    > > > 1) unlike EVERY other car I've ever owned, the doors don't unlock when
    > > > you close them, if you accidentally hit the lock button the doors are
    > > > LOCKED. (yeah, I found that out the hard way, after having it for
    > > > maybe 6 hours. Haven't locked myself out of a car in... well, ever I
    > > > think.)
    > > > 2) Who thought it was a good idea to put a 3400 under the hood of a
    > > > full-sized sedan?
    > > > 3) A/C is wimpy. I hope that that is a symptom of age/abuse and not
    > > > reflective of how it's designed. It was about 95 out today and I had
    > > > to keep the fan on '5' to be reasonably comfortable - I would have
    > > > preferred it cooler in the car.
    > > > 4) Glovebox is laughably small. (and did not contain owner's manual,
    > > > but that's not the car's fault. Unless the manual is too big for the
    > > > glovebox...)
    > > >

    >

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    Comboverfish
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    Default 2002 Chevy Impala... how do I

    > Steve wrote:

    > Because they use the high beams and therefore are rude and glaring to
    > other motorists, defeating the idea of a "safety" feature. It's nice
    > to let other traffic know I'm there; it's not so nice to blind them.


    I hear that complaint very infrequently, and I don't really get it.
    High beams in series (DRLs) are a much lower intensity of focused light
    than when run normally at full B+. The biggest reason HB DRLs are not
    a problem is the fact that they are used in DAYLIGHT; there is
    significant sunlight outside as to keep onlookers' eyes adjusted for
    bright light conditions. Ive seen plenty of cars going down the street
    over the years with their highbeams on (for whatever reason) and never
    thought it was annoying -- let alone DRLs.

    Our resident lighting expert Dan likes small dedicated amber DRLs
    better than headlights for a variety of reasons, but my gut feeling is
    I like the headlight systems better - just from a driver standpoint. I
    think they are more noticeable and hopefully more safe as a result. I
    have no facts to back that up, however.

    Toyota MDT in MO

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    HLS
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    "Comboverfish" <comboverfish..........m> wrote in message
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    > Our resident lighting expert Dan likes small dedicated amber DRLs
    > better than headlights for a variety of reasons, but my gut feeling is
    > I like the headlight systems better - just from a driver standpoint. I
    > think they are more noticeable and hopefully more safe as a result. I
    > have no facts to back that up, however.
    >
    > Toyota MDT in MO


    I agree with you, Comboverfish. The headlight systems don't bother me
    at all. What REALLY bothers me is people driving at dusk, in rain, and
    fog, with not a sign of a light on.

    And there are tons of them that do it, whether by ignorance,
    inconsideration,
    or simple unconsciousness.

    These people will get you killed.

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    HLS
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    "N8N" <njnagel@...........m> wrote in message
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    >


    > They're brighter than they need to be for their intended purpose, for
    > one thing... if nothing else it's wasteful.
    >
    > nate


    Brighter than they have to be, possibly.
    Wasteful...mathematically it is a very small number, insignificant to many
    of us.

    One wreck will cost you a ton more than these lights will.

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    James C. Reeves
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    >
    >
    > Timothy J. Lee wrote:
    >> In article <1121940485.936836.232090@g44g2000cwa............. .com>,
    >> N8N <njnagel@...........m> wrote:
    >> >Because they use the high beams and therefore are rude and glaring to
    >> >other motorists, defeating the idea of a "safety" feature. It's nice
    >> >to let other traffic know I'm there; it's not so nice to blind them.

    >>
    >> Drive with the low beam headlamps on all the time (perhaps put tape
    >> on the sensor for the automatic headlamps to make it think that it is
    >> night time all the time). That will get rid of the high beam DRLs.

    >
    > Hey, I like that idea. That way I don't have to worry about turning
    > the lights off because I'll never actually turn them on. Does anyone
    > know where the sensor is?
    >
    > thanks,
    >
    > nate


    Usually on top of the dash..usually protruding, but can be behind the
    defogger grille.

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