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Old 11-03-2008, 11:13 PM   #1
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Auto Head lights & Wipers

Any word on if the camaro will have automatic head lights and/or windshield wipers? Not a necessity but after having auto lights for so long, I'll probably forget to turn them on at night and they're nice to have.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:15 PM   #2
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it will. i have no doubts especially if my crappy pickup has them
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:18 PM   #3
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I would assume as well.

For the auto headlights there should be a noticable little black/semi-transparent dome on the center of the dash near the windshield. It should be noticable in pictures. That would be a dead giveaway.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:19 PM   #4
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i figure you can turn the automaticness off. i have an auto-light system on my truck (1999) that don't have an override, so it does what it wants when it wants & sometimes it turns the lights on if i turn away from the sun, or drive through the shade. that's a pain.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:20 PM   #5
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so long as you can turn the automaticness off. i have an auto-light system on my truck (1999) that don't have an override, so it does what it wants when it wants & sometimes it turns the lights on if i turn away from the sun, or drive through the shade.
the dial on the dash on the right side behind the steering wheel are for the lights and the automatic wipers
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:22 PM   #6
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the dial on the dash on the right side behind the steering wheel are for the lights and the automatic wipers
you talkin about the camaro or my truck? if it's my truck, they didn't make an override til 01 or 02 models
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:23 PM   #7
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I'm sure there's probably a better picture out there, but if you look on the dash right in the middle there's a little thing sticking up. I'm going to assume it's the auto-headlight light sensor.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:29 PM   #8
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Yay!!! Gotta love modern conveniences To me, these little things show the attention to detail. It would be easy in an all new model car to forget something stupid like this.
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:02 AM   #9
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you talkin about the camaro or my truck? if it's my truck, they didn't make an override til 01 or 02 models

In my '01 you have to push the button a couple times to override the headlights. So it must have been '01
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Sorry to revive this thread but I was wondering if we had received any official word on either of these two yet? I realize that the presence of the light-sensing dome is pretty much a gaurantee of auto headlamps, but what about the auto/rain sensing wipers?
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:37 PM   #11
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That's another good question for #3 or HeatherR
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:39 PM   #12
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I'm sure there's probably a better picture out there, but if you look on the dash right in the middle there's a little thing sticking up. I'm going to assume it's the auto-headlight light sensor.
Im not sure that its the auto light sensor. I believe that could be the key sensor. But I could be wrong.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:41 PM   #13
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I think it is the auto light sensor, cause My G5 has that dome, but not one of those sensor keys.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:44 PM   #14
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Hmm ok, well I went out to one of my GM cars that has auto headlights and has that same dome in the same spot and tried covering/uncovering it with a few napkins and shining a flashlight on it but nothing happened so I don't know if it is the sensor or not. It makes sense that it would be though, since people would be sure to keep the windshield clean on their vehicles so they can see and therefore light would consistently enter relatively unmitigated.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:45 PM   #15
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There's pics of the light switch with "AUTO" on it.

It will turn the DRL's on and off as well as headlights automatically, like Corvette.
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Not sure about the auto wipers.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:53 PM   #17
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Excellent, thanks for the pic. For the wipers I would expect there to be an exterior sensor on the front half of the car, I'll try to see where they usually put it.

Edit: Ok it seems most manufacturers place the sensor for the auto wipers opposite the rear view mirror, in case anyone comes across a good picture of it.

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Old 01-03-2009, 12:06 AM   #18
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It'll have the auto lights. It's also a safety feature.

About the wipers...doubt it. It would be cool, but nah. I don't think so
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The dome is for the auto headlights. My Cobalt has the dome and it senses light for the headlights. Unfortunately, it is complete rubbish. The headlights work fine, but the interior (gauge) lighting is impossible. It turns the gauge lights on whenever there is bright sunlight so everything is washed out. I took it to the dealer and they said that was normal operation. They had better fix the calibration for the Camaro.
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It'll have the auto lights. It's also a safety feature.

About the wipers...doubt it. It would be cool, but nah. I don't think so
Thanks, yeah I really just wanted the auto lights, the wipers are pretty much a non-issue for me, I just asked since when I searched for auto headlights I found this thread so I figured I might as well ask again lol.
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The dome is for the auto headlights. My Cobalt has the dome and it senses light for the headlights. Unfortunately, it is complete rubbish. The headlights work fine, but the interior (gauge) lighting is impossible. It turns the gauge lights on whenever there is bright sunlight so everything is washed out. I took it to the dealer and they said that was normal operation. They had better fix the calibration for the Camaro.
Take it to another dealer, it is not normal. The gauge lights should not be on unless it is almost dark or very cloudy. I have an 05 and had an 07 SS so I speak from experience.

The wipers on the camaro will most likely be speed sensitive like other newer chevy vehicles.
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The wipers on the camaro will most likely be speed sensitive like other newer chevy vehicles.
can you explain this a bit more please?
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Ah the speed sensitive wipers are fantastic. On my Cobalt, it has about 5-6 settings for interval wipers (plus low speed and high speed constant wipers). The last setting for interval is speed sensitive, so the interval gap shortens as you go faster. So when you're stopped it only wipes every so often, but when you're driving fast the gap closes to near continuous. Unlike my auto-headlights, the speed sensing wipers work very well.
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So since the lights have the auto setting. When would it turn on the DLR's. Personally I perfer to do it myself, just like to turn the switch. Its part of my routine.
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So since the lights have the auto setting. When would it turn on the DLR's. Personally I perfer to do it myself, just like to turn the switch. Its part of my routine.
I'm not sure in this case. On the Cobalt, every time you turn the car on it defaults to auto mode, even if you turned it off with it out of auto mode. When the sensor determines it is bright enough to shut off the headlights, the DLRs come on instead. If you turn auto mode off, all lights go off, even DLRs. Looking at the knob in the Camaro, it could work like the Cobalt, or we might get lucky and leaving it in Off mode will keep it off when restarting, in which case turning on the DLRs will be a matter of turning the knob one setting to the right. I hope they do it the second way.
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