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Old 11-14-2009, 12:09 PM   #1
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Wanted: How To disable auto dim side mirror

I got my tent done, and at night the auto dimming drivers side mirror kicks my @$$.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:14 PM   #2
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I suppose you meant tint...

I know the auto-dimming feature is based off a photo-electric cell that's inside the rearview mirror. Other than the placing a piece of electrical tape over that sensor, I'm not sure what electronic options there are to "disabling" the auto-dimming feature...
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:16 PM   #3
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i reckon you could unplug the lead to that sensor behind the glass, but that might be incorporated into the movement control, so nevermind...
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:32 AM   #4
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I suppose you meant tint...

I know the auto-dimming feature is based off a photo-electric cell that's inside the rearview mirror. Other than the placing a piece of electrical tape over that sensor, I'm not sure what electronic options there are to "disabling" the auto-dimming feature...
Wow... Yes TINT*... Haven't had a problem with tent since yesterday morning!

Not the rearview mirror, the driver's side mirror...
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:22 AM   #5
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I thought the rear view and driver's side auto dimming mirrors work together. At least that's the way they work in my Silverado. From 2010 Camaro Owner's Manual:

Automatic Dimming
Rearview Mirror
Vehicles with an automatic dimming
inside rearview mirror reduces
the glare from the headlamps of the
vehicle behind you. The dimming
feature comes on and the indicator
light illuminates each time the
vehicle is started.
Vehicles with OnStar have three
additional control buttons located
at the bottom of the mirror. See your
dealer/retailer for more information
on the system and how to
subscribe to OnStar. See OnStarŪ
System on page 4-42 for more
information about the services
OnStar provides.
O (On/Off): Press to turn the
dimming feature and/or compass
display on or off.

There isn't a way to permanently disable it. So what exactly is it doing at night? Is it dimming or not?

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Old 11-15-2009, 11:57 AM   #6
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It dimms and is too dark at night...
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Check your manual for a way to change the auto dimming features via the radio config.
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:22 PM   #8
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Here's what I did, I cut a piece of electrical tape the size of the sensor at the bottom of the rear view mirror. You can cover the sensor any way you see fit. A couple layers of clear scotch tape would probably do the trick too.

You can test it out by just covering the sensor with your finger.. and wallllah! The mirrors lighten back up.

I too have tinted windows, but when they mirrors tint, it makes it really really hard to see. Hope that helped!
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:24 PM   #9
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Check your manual for a way to change the auto dimming features via the radio config.
I am in the same boat since getting tint. I'll have to check my manual to see how that works. Has anyone else tried the radio configure method??


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Old 11-16-2009, 08:07 PM   #10
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Wow. I didn't know that you can change the configuration through the radio. As stated before, the owner's manual says it can be turned off/on, but does not mention any adjustments.
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Ok guys, I too have a tough time with the driver's side mirror at night because of the window tint. There has to be a way to disconnect the wire to just that mirror. Anyone?
And no I don't want to use tape.
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Has anyone figured this out yet??
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:18 AM   #15
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I am surprised no one has posted what wires in the rear view and side mirrors would need to be cut to remove the auto-dim function. Someone familiar with the wiring harness should be able to look this up without too much trouble....??

Anyone???
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i'd imagine it'd have more to do with adding the proper resistor in-line rather than cutting wires. that's what i had to do to disable my automatic headlights in the truck
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has anyone come up with a good solution yet for this? I can't find anything in the config on the radio to disable it. And I am not thrilled about the idea of using a piece of tape to cover the photo sensor....which also brings up another question. How does covering the sensor with tape turn the auto-dim off? Wouldn't that tell the mirror that it is always dark outside meaning it's nighttime so turn the auto-dim ON!?
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:01 PM   #18
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Remove the side mirrors, you will get less drag and thus go faster, who cares what is behind you...
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:26 PM   #19
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has anyone come up with a good solution yet for this? I can't find anything in the config on the radio to disable it. And I am not thrilled about the idea of using a piece of tape to cover the photo sensor....which also brings up another question. How does covering the sensor with tape turn the auto-dim off? Wouldn't that tell the mirror that it is always dark outside meaning it's nighttime so turn the auto-dim ON!?
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm under the impression that headlights hitting the photo sensor cause the mirrors to dim.

That being said, I'd like a non-tape option too...I have 5% tint and it gets difficult to see at night with the auto-dim function.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:52 PM   #20
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Can someone show me with a picture, or in detail, where the photo sensor is?
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:49 AM   #21
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Anyone?

I just got my tints done. Now I can't see shit @ night
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Can someone show me with a picture, or in detail, where the photo sensor is?
The sensor is the little circle in the top center of the rear view mirror. If you shine a flashlight into it you can cause the mirrors to dim. Similarly putting your finger on the sensor will cause the mirrors to undim slowly.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:54 PM   #23
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The sensor is the little circle in the top center of the rear view mirror. If you shine a flashlight into it you can cause the mirrors to dim. Similarly putting your finger on the sensor will cause the mirrors to undim slowly.
Wow, I found it. Not something you want to put tape over.....So has anyone found out then a real way to disable the auto-dim?
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A small piece of black tape cut in the shape of the sensor is just too simple and looks neat if you cut it right, I don't get why you wouldn't want to do it.
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