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parking lights on steering column
Posted 17 August 2003 - 04:24 PM
I know what the switch on the steering column does it turns on the parking lights so they are always on even when you shut the car off. When I first Got my car I thought they were for the hazards until I realized the hazards are on the dash.
But in what situation would you use this swich?
why not just turn your lights to the parking light feature at least then you would not leave your lights on.
Posted 17 August 2003 - 04:41 PM
I know with Subaru's, that is not a frequent occurance, but that is what i used mine for once.
Posted 17 August 2003 - 05:37 PM
I used to sit infront of peoples houses (at random) and smoke weed, they (people in the house, and the police) could see that I had on my parking lights, and that i was quiet, and that I could be waiting for someone.
Works every time! (so far)
Posted 18 August 2003 - 01:27 AM
The parking lights on send a signal that "Hey, I ain't gone for long".
(In Denmark you are allowed to stop for three minutes if there is no parking.)
Most other road users seem to use their hazard flashers for this, but I think that is serious misuse of a distress signal.
They are also useful when parking on un-lit roads at night, which I believe is their official use.
Oh, and the light stalk switch is de-activated along with the ignition, that's why Subes have the extra switch!
Posted 18 August 2003 - 04:02 AM
Don't know about other countries.
Posted 18 August 2003 - 10:23 AM
That's why I question their usefulness: they can drain a battery if you leave them on overnight. Or maybe my battery was allready weak...
Posted 18 August 2003 - 10:42 AM
Posted 18 August 2003 - 01:25 PM
I thought there was a wiring problem.
Took it to the dealers to fix.....How embarrasing. This was 3 years ago.
Anyway. She did again last weekend I immediatly recognized the problem and corrected it. She however hasn't heard the end of it from me.....
It's her car.......
Posted 18 August 2003 - 05:49 PM
Posted 18 August 2003 - 08:28 PM
I have never used it beyond that.
Posted 20 August 2003 - 05:13 AM
If I would have had a Subie in Thailand (75-76), I could prolly fill the board with weed stories...
Posted 20 August 2003 - 05:34 AM
Okay, I may be extreme in my button prodding - I even like to read manuals - but owning a car and not knowing how it operate it?
Pardon me for sounding like an arrogant jack rump roast
Posted 20 August 2003 - 05:42 PM
Posted 21 August 2003 - 09:28 AM
If it's there, it has a use. If it has a use, that means you can use it. If you can use it, then... USE IT!!
Posted 21 August 2003 - 11:01 AM
Most American cars don't have 'parking lights' like cars in Europe do. If I hadn't checked up on it I would have thought the parking light was the emergency (4-way) flasher. I think the main reason for those is that in places like Europe where you have extremely narrow streets and people have to park halfway up on the curb (they do this in Germany, I'm guessing Denmark is the same way) it is neccessary in order for other drivers to navigate through all the parked cars. But anywhere I've been in the us (and that's most of it), parking like that would be both unneccessary and illegal, which is why most cars sold in the US don't have that feature.
Posted 21 August 2003 - 03:55 PM
If I bought a car with automatic transmission - unusual in Europe - and couldn't even get it off the dealers forecourt because the stupid gearlever wouldn't budge out of "P", who's fault would that be??
Hey look, they've hidden a sticker RIGHT next to the gear lever: "To release from P, depress brake pedal", what's that all about???
How much egg would there be on my face when I call the dealer next morning and complain that the damn thing won't start?
Ohhhh! You have to be in either P or N for the engine to start. Dang it, why did they hide that in the User's Manual??
I don't know, maybe I am just too cynical
Posted 21 August 2003 - 04:36 PM
Originally posted by Setright
Never mind what country, my grumbling just relates to people not taking time to learn how to operate their machines.
C'mon, dude, are you telling me that every time you buy a video recorder, computer, digital camera, or appliance, that you sit down and patiently read through the whole owner's manual before you turn it on? Well, if you do you've got more patience than about 99% of the people I know.
That is also a lame analogy, BTW. The car can't operate without knowing how to work the tranny. I'm pretty sure the car can function whether the parking light works or not.
Posted 21 August 2003 - 05:12 PM
I just wanted to know what the purpose, of this button would be. I see now that almost every one who posted that uses them is not from the US, most people from the US that posted seemed like they have no reason to use this function. I can see in a parking situation as well on a narrow road at night using this function that makes sense
Posted 21 August 2003 - 05:31 PM
Posted 21 August 2003 - 10:57 PM
I say, let's use that switch for something else. maybe a power port that stays on after the ignition is turned off?
1 Lucky Texan
Posted 22 August 2003 - 12:27 AM
"Pardon me for sounding like an arrogant jack rump roast"
"I don't know, maybe I am just too cynical"
Now, I mean what I have written about operating machines, but the above quotes should indicate to all readers that I know I am not the majority.
Martin, try this for size: I actually read the manuals of stuff BEFORE I make the purchase. That way, I know for sure if the device will do what I want - and if it's a pig to operate, I don't buy it.
Yes, some shop clerks do seem ready to call the cops when I make the request to see the manual : "Get this lunatic out of my shop!!"
Analogies are always tricky, but my point is that what is obvious to some, is not so obvious to others. Same point you were making I think? That may be why you think it's a lame analogy, because "how to drive an automatic" is second nature to you, much like parking lights are to me.
Posted 22 August 2003 - 07:50 AM
Posted 15 January 2005 - 09:45 PM
If somebody doesn't use a hidden switch for 8 years or so they just might forget that it exists.
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