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2013 Instrument Panel Lighting Won't Adjust


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#1 OFFLINE   ruteger

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:48 PM

Besides the afrorementioned A/C which rarely keeps the same previous setting upon start-up (either turning off or reverting back to 'recirculate'), the instrument panel rheostat doesn't seem to work. I wouldn't mind so much but the brightly lit instrument panel gauges are rather dangerous because, at night, it looks like the headlights are on (don't have the auto-lights).

Also, the power windows seem inordinately slow to raise/lower.

I guess maybe this is the price to pay for going with a bottom-feeder 'S'.
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#2 OFFLINE   digijay

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:56 PM

On mine, I found a setting on the info centre which had to do with automatic/ manual lighting. When I turned off Automatic, I was able to adjust the brightness of the gauges/ screens.

#3 OFFLINE   svtenthusiast

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:40 PM

To build on what the poster above stated:

When the lighting is set to automatic in the message center, during the day you cannot use the dimmer, at night with the headlamps on you can.

When the lighting is set to manual in the message center, during the day you can use the dimmer control.

Edited by svtenthusiast, 18 September 2012 - 02:41 PM.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 06:28 PM

As it turns out, it 'was' on manual. No adjustment available, whatsoever.

However, when I put it on 'auto', in addition to (apparently) adjusting automatically, the dimming can also be adjusted manually.

So, what's the point of the 'manual' setting? It does nothing but lock the lighting to it's highest setting.

Edited by ruteger, 19 September 2012 - 09:14 AM.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 04:50 PM

Another example of a simple function turned into a cluster &$#@ by computerizing the procedure. The auto industry consumer would be much better off if they fired half of the electrical engineers.
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