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#1 OFFLINE   Bugblndr

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 09:07 AM

My wife and I go to the drive-in theater once or twice a year.  I've gone in many cars over the years, from old school carb'd cars with auto nothing to hybrids with push button start and never had an issue.

 

On Saturday night we took my C-Max, which was a big mistake.  No matter what I tried, I couldn't get the headlights and DRL's to stay off (Canadian car). I tried the following:

 

  • Press start button on car with emergency brake on and foot not on the brake pedal.  Headlights come on.
     
  • Press start button on car with emergency brake on and foot on the brake pedal.  Headlights come on.
     
  • Press power button on the radio only, which let me listen to the radio for a few minutes until the car shut it off to save the battery.
     
  • Pulled fuses F74 (headlamp supply) and F75 (foglamp supply) from the panel under the glovebox.  Headlights come on mysteriously.  This makes no sense at all.
     
  • Pulled fuse F24 (relay coils / light switch module) from the power distribution box under the hood.  In case you aren't following a pattern here, the headlights were still on!

In all cases I believe the headlights were the DRL's that were on.  It made for a waste of time and money at the drive in as after the first 20 minutes or so, we had no sound.  

 

Does anyone have any ideas on what else I could've done besides disconnecting the wiring harness from the headlights, or smashing them in with a hammer?  Perhaps FordServiceCA can find out something?  Or at least provide me with a hammer?

 

For 9300 miles I've had no issues and absolutely loved this car, until Saturday night happened.

 

FYI, in all cases, the headlamp switch was turned to the OFF position.  I also tested that several times.


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#2 OFFLINE   obob

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 11:09 AM

deleted.

 

UPDATE: after reading raadsel's post I now remember that drive in's use the radio so you wanted to have the car on so I am deleting the post about insulating the key FOB with aluminum foil.


Edited by obob, 31 August 2015 - 11:39 AM.


#3 OFFLINE   raadsel

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 11:14 AM

My wife and I go to the drive-in theater once or twice a year.  I've gone in many cars over the years, from old school carb'd cars with auto nothing to hybrids with push button start and never had an issue.

 

On Saturday night we took my C-Max, which was a big mistake.  No matter what I tried, I couldn't get the headlights and DRL's to stay off (Canadian car). I tried the following:

 

  • Press start button on car with emergency brake on and foot not on the brake pedal.  Headlights come on.
     
  • Press start button on car with emergency brake on and foot on the brake pedal.  Headlights come on.
     
  • Press power button on the radio only, which let me listen to the radio for a few minutes until the car shut it off to save the battery.
     
  • Pulled fuses F74 (headlamp supply) and F75 (foglamp supply) from the panel under the glovebox.  Headlights come on mysteriously.  This makes no sense at all.
     
  • Pulled fuse F24 (relay coils / light switch module) from the power distribution box under the hood.  In case you aren't following a pattern here, the headlights were still on!

In all cases I believe the headlights were the DRL's that were on.  It made for a waste of time and money at the drive in as after the first 20 minutes or so, we had no sound.  

 

Does anyone have any ideas on what else I could've done besides disconnecting the wiring harness from the headlights, or smashing them in with a hammer?  Perhaps FordServiceCA can find out something?  Or at least provide me with a hammer?

 

For 9300 miles I've had no issues and absolutely loved this car, until Saturday night happened.

 

FYI, in all cases, the headlamp switch was turned to the OFF position.  I also tested that several times.

 

I occasionally go to a drive in and realized this was going to be an issue, when I bought the car. Unfortunately, on the SEL there is nothing you can do. With the SE (which has a physical key), they still have an accessory mode that should work. I still may go to a drive in but the only option, that I'm aware of, is to bring a portable FM radio.



#4 OFFLINE   Bugblndr

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 12:41 PM

I occasionally go to a drive in and realized this was going to be an issue, when I bought the car. Unfortunately, on the SEL there is nothing you can do. With the SE (which has a physical key), they still have an accessory mode that should work. I still may go to a drive in but the only option, that I'm aware of, is to bring a portable FM radio.

Yeah, that really bites.  Time to retire the C-Max for our drive-in nights.  Portable radio is okay for warm nights but doesn't do much good up here during spring or fall as sometimes some heat or defogging of windows is necessary.

 

Every post I read on here said to just start with the emergency brake and the lights won't come on and the car would start and stop as required.  DRL's have been mandated here since 1990 and I've never had an issue with any other keyless ignition vehicle until this one.  

 

  :swear:



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 01:37 PM

Time to retire the C-Max for our drive-in nights. 

 

Perhaps make a set of covers for the headlights.



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 03:50 PM

I have no DRLs at all. It this a selectable option? My headlights are never on my SEL (energi) unless I turn them on. I actually thought about going to a drive-in this past weekend and was worried about the headlights. I checked and noticed then that I had no DRLs.



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 04:10 PM

I have no DRLs at all. It this a selectable option? My headlights are never on my SEL (energi) unless I turn them on. I actually thought about going to a drive-in this past weekend and was worried about the headlights. I checked and noticed then that I had no DRLs.

2014 has them only on fleet vehicles. 2015 US models have a driver selection.



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 04:52 PM

2014 has them only on fleet vehicles and all Canadian models. 2015 US models have a driver selection.

 

FIFY



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 10:57 PM

Sorry to ask, but what is the appeal in sitting in your C-max for two hours watching a movie?

 

I can understand if it was a 57 Chevy with a front seat as comfortable as a chesterfield, but our seats are..........well.........not terribly comfortable. 



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Posted 31 August 2015 - 11:14 PM

The C-Max has more room and is no less comfortable than my other two choices, a 2000 Trans Am or a 2005 Acura RSX.  It also has a better sound system than the Acura, although that turned out to be false when put to the test.

 

2 hour movie?  It was triple feature night.  I stayed for 2 and left before the third one.  I've sat in worse seats than the C-Max. 



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 01:33 AM

Sorry to ask, but what is the appeal in sitting in your C-max for two hours watching a movie?

 

I can understand if it was a 57 Chevy with a front seat as comfortable as a chesterfield, but our seats are..........well.........not terribly comfortable. 

 

I know where the seats in my C-Max "have been".  ;)


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 06:33 AM

Comfort in a car seat was a high priority for me, and the C-Max is about as comfortable as any I've tried (with my back problems I am VERY sensitive to seats that aren't).

That said, I wouldn't go to a drive-in unless I could somehow go back in time, get in pajamas, and watch from my parents back seat.  That's the only time I've ever enjoyed it.



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 07:42 AM

Looks like this was something overlooked for vehicles with daytime running lights.  I have been to drive-ins with my SE and no problem.  I thought the SEL is exactly the same with the ability to turn off the headlights?  (for US version w/o DRL)



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 08:48 AM

Looks like this was something overlooked for vehicles with daytime running lights.  I have been to drive-ins with my SE and no problem.  I thought the SEL is exactly the same with the ability to turn off the headlights?  (for US version w/o DRL)

 

The SEL is different. The problem is that the SE has a three position switch, the SEL functionally is only a two. The SE, you have an accessory mode -- where basically just the radio is working -- then you have an on position, and you have to turn it all the way over -- a third position -- to start it. The SE switch, if you push it once it is on and push it a second time and it is off, at its most basic. The other option is that, if you have your foot on the brake when pushing the button, the engine turns on. If you don't have your foot on the brake, everything is on but the engine, it is the same as the SE in the On position without starting the car. The SELs have no ACC position, there is no way to turn on the radio and not the other electronics. In terms of a drive in movie, this means (without daytime running lights) you still have all the console/speedometer lights on, creating a lot of light you don't want at a drive in movie.



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 10:42 AM

FIFY

What does this mean?



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 12:00 PM

I did go to a restaurant drive-in once, and when my coke tipped over and landed in a blob of ketchup in a paper tray that was precariously balanced above the radio I thought "Why the hell am I not inside, sitting in a nice warm booth?".

 

But it would have been great to have lived through the 50s.


Edited by Adrian_L, 01 September 2015 - 12:21 PM.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 12:49 PM

I did go to a restaurant drive-in once, and when my coke tipped over and landed in a blob of ketchup in a paper tray that was precariously balanced above the radio I thought "Why the hell am I not inside, sitting in a nice warm booth?".

 

But it would have been great to have lived through the 50s.

 

The drive-in theater close to me is about a 15 minute drive.  They have three screens, hold several hundred cars each and are pretty close to capacity most weekend nights.  Within a 30 minute radius there are several million people, so it's no surprise they are so popular.

I don't go to the movies, as my home theater setup is way more comfortable with great sound and a 95" screen.  But I do love the drive-in from time to time.  It's more social, it's inexpensive, I can bring our dog, some wine or beer and some food and no one cares.  My wife and I went on our last anniversary, she packed a bottle of wine, some sushi, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, etc.  It was a good time for all including our dog.



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 02:04 PM

What does this mean?

 

Fixed It For You -- if you notice I added Canada to your previous comment.



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 08:20 AM

The SEL is different. The problem is that the SE has a three position switch, the SEL functionally is only a two. The SE, you have an accessory mode -- where basically just the radio is working -- then you have an on position, and you have to turn it all the way over -- a third position -- to start it. The SE switch, if you push it once it is on and push it a second time and it is off, at its most basic. The other option is that, if you have your foot on the brake when pushing the button, the engine turns on. If you don't have your foot on the brake, everything is on but the engine, it is the same as the SE in the On position without starting the car. The SELs have no ACC position, there is no way to turn on the radio and not the other electronics. In terms of a drive in movie, this means (without daytime running lights) you still have all the console/speedometer lights on, creating a lot of light you don't want at a drive in movie.

Good point but I was referring to the light switch.  You can just turn the headlights off. 

 

The ACC position on the SE is there but it is also not very functional.  I have used this but it does not take too long before the MFT shuts down to conserve energy.  I pretty much never use this anymore.  Just turn it to ready to drive mode. 



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 11:01 AM

Good point but I was referring to the light switch.  You can just turn the headlights off. 

 

The ACC position on the SE is there but it is also not very functional.  I have used this but it does not take too long before the MFT shuts down to conserve energy.  I pretty much never use this anymore.  Just turn it to ready to drive mode. 

I think the problem was the OP was in Canada, and the DRL cannot be turned off.








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