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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:35 pm 
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having a good look around the car today and noticed what looks to be a light or flashing light. it is located in the middle of the dash right up near the windscreeen... does anyonw know what this is for??

i have a nl fairlane if that helps..

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:37 pm 
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Yeah i know what its for

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:38 pm 
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alarm?

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:47 pm 
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well i was thinking alarm, but not sure, as i can seem to get it too work, or it is blown..

noisuf, what is it?

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:52 pm 
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It's the sensor for the climate control, senses the suns strength or whatever :P
It's not a light!

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:56 pm 
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so its for the outside temp??? wasnt sure if it was a light. i was just guessing

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:02 pm 
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Nah it's not the 'ambient' sensor.
It senses... something else...
I have NFI what it senses, but it ain't ambient.

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:23 pm 
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Its the sunload sensor. Measures how strong the outside light is.
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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:31 pm 
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what does it do with this sunlight info??

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:38 pm 
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castlegreyskull wrote:
what does it do with this sunlight info??


climate control computer uses it to measure how much sunlight is coming through the windscreen and adjusts the air cond accordingly if you are set to "Auto"

 

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:D Gathers info and passes it on to the B.O.M for further analisis :D


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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:40 pm 
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no idea about NL
but with some other newer cars, dont lights come on automatically if the sun dims a bit
e.g in a tunnel

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:44 pm 
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hmmmm, thought climate control would have worked on a actual tempreture reading from inside the car... ahhh thanks for the info...

 

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It measures the intensity of the strength of the sunlight. It allows the CC to gauge what level of effect the sunlight has on the heating and cooling inside the car.

eg, really hot strong sun, it keeps the aircon turned on alot longer and the fan higher to keep the temperature down. On a dull winters day, it will keep the blend door open more to allow for the fact the sun is not heating the inside of the car. On a hot windy day, but with a weak sun it may not run the fan as high or the aircon as long.... the list goes on...

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The CC, uses several sensors to determine how to run.

outside temp (located in the front bar)
inside temp (located in the CC unit itself)
sun load (the white 'bulb' in the dash, it's simply a light sensitive resistor)
evap temp (temp of the cold bit of the air con system)

 

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