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#61 OFFLINE   SnowStorm

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 12:34 PM

That is technically illegal in many states. Parking lights are exactly that, for parking. In many state's you cannot legally drive with your parking lights only on. Either full on or full off. That said, I have never seen anyone get pulled over for it. Parking lights are quite possibly the single most useless feature installed in every vehicle. In 15 years of driving I have never once found a real need for them. Parking lights used to start out as a separate circuit with an independent battery, in which you would activate them when the car was parked out in the dark. But now they are tied in with the rest of the electrical system and no one uses them, dark or not, they just park their car and leave it. Thus the parking light system has become a bit of a vestigiality organ where every car has it, but no one actually uses or needs it.

Interesting notes on history and illegality.  However, I quite disagree about being useless.  One of my pet peeves while driving relates to all the abusive headlights - on when not needed, misadjusted, high beams in you eyes (towards you and from behind!) - one spends entirely too much time moving mirrors, closing one eye, moving your head, all to get some idiot headlights out of your eyes so you can see the road.  Driving with "parking lights" only (when headlights add nothing to the driver's ability to see) is a great way to improve everyone else's ability to see you without causing them any problems.  We just rename "parking" lights to LLRLs (Low Light Running Lights) and outlaw DRLs!  What good are DRLs from behind anyway?









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#62 OFFLINE   SPL Tech

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 04:41 PM

I picked up our new 2015 C-Max Energi earlier this week.  I found a menu for turning on the Daytime Running Lights.

 

It was easy, no additional charge or dealer involved.   :)

 

Ray

It would be nice if Ford could release an ECU update to add this to all hybrids. While they are at it, it would be nice to get rid of the efficiency leaves on the right and add in options from myview like the tach, temp gauge, ect.

Also, I would love if they could flash an update to disable the 'two click" thing on the FOB where one click unlocks just the driver's door and two clicks unlocks all four doors. That's supposed to be a security feature so someone cant jump in your car just as you get in and mug you, but I am going to guess it has never saved anyone from that. One click to unlock all doors would be nicer. VW offers that as an in-menu changeable option.

 

Last, it would be nice if Ford could use a real temp gauge instead of an idiot gauge. Ford has been using idiot gauges for both trans and engine temp since before I can remember. I don't understand why they cannot use a real gauge that is accurate like everyone else does. What's the point in having a gauge that shows the same position for a 50-degree range of temps?


Edited by SPL Tech, 08 March 2015 - 04:43 PM.


#63 OFFLINE   stevedebi

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 11:13 AM

It would be nice if Ford could release an ECU update to add this to all hybrids. While they are at it, it would be nice to get rid of the efficiency leaves on the right and add in options from myview like the tach, temp gauge, ect.

Also, I would love if they could flash an update to disable the 'two click" thing on the FOB where one click unlocks just the driver's door and two clicks unlocks all four doors. That's supposed to be a security feature so someone cant jump in your car just as you get in and mug you, but I am going to guess it has never saved anyone from that. One click to unlock all doors would be nicer. VW offers that as an in-menu changeable option.

 

Last, it would be nice if Ford could use a real temp gauge instead of an idiot gauge. Ford has been using idiot gauges for both trans and engine temp since before I can remember. I don't understand why they cannot use a real gauge that is accurate like everyone else does. What's the point in having a gauge that shows the same position for a 50-degree range of temps?

A couple of notes.

 

1. I don't think they can put DRL in previous models. I believe the are using a separate bulb for the DRL now. In the past they used the main lights, just at a lower voltagel.

 

2. The C-Max comes with a temperature guage (at least the C-Max Energi does). It is one of the customizable views of the "MyView" left hand display. Or maybe you are speaking of this guage? It is note worthy that Ford does not measure water temp; they measure Cylinder Head temp and calculate water temperature from that.


Edited by stevedebi, 09 March 2015 - 11:13 AM.


#64 OFFLINE   Adrian_L

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 12:38 PM

I think he means the the temperature gauge has (7? 8?) increments, rather than being infinitly variable.

 

I do agree that the "leaves" screen (mine's on the compass now) would be much better if it was 3 customizable gauges such as oil temp, water temp and tranny oil temp.








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