Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 22:31:16 GMT
From: "Ken Ferguson" <Ken_Fergusonnopsamosoft'>
Subject: Re: 97 Saab 900s Lights always on

Some of it might have to do with the international origin of SAAB. Someone from Europe help me out here- isn't it illegal to drive around with just the parking lights on? They are designed to be left on while the car is parked, and the key out of the ignition. Try putting the switch in the middle position sometime and turning the car off. That is the intended purpose of parking lights. In the US we have other uses, and a lot of special cases, such as military bases. When I lived in Spain, no one had ever heard of DRL's and so many people flashed their lights at me, I pulled the fuse within two days of delivery. Once back in states I put it back in. Joe Morris <jcmorrisnopsamris-pc.MITRE.ORG> wrote in message news:968p1r$e5h$ > Bob <> writes: > > >On Sun, 11 Feb 2001 04:44:16 GMT, "Ken Ferguson" > ><Ken_Fergusonnopsamosoft'> wrote: > > >>Pull the DRL fuse. The lights will then work according to switch position. > >>Daytime running lights haven't died. I think a lot of rental companies have > >>them on their cars, and most GM cars have it also. > > >That will shut off the DRL's, but your light switch will still be > >a little odd in operation. If you want to be able to turn on parking > >lights and/or headlights and/or foglights at will, have you dealer > >reprogram the healights and foglights to "ALT-1" settings. > > Just from curiosity -- is the standard (from-the-factory) operation > of the headlamps documented in current owners' manuals, and is > there any place where the availability of the alternatives is > described for the end user *other* than asking a Saab mechanic > (or posting a query here)? > > My '97 900 had the usual behavior (full headlamps on whenever the > ignition is on), but it's considered very rude behavior to fail > to switch to parking lamps when approaching guarded gates at > gov'mt facilities at night. I squawked this to the Saab shop and > was told about the option to change the behavior to honor the "parking > lights only" position on the headlamp switch, but I found the failure > to include information about this option in the owner's manual > to be highly irritating. > > Joe Morris >

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