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Auto Wipers & Lights

Used the car for the first time in the rain since taking delivery last week. I have the auto lights and wipers on function and without taking time to read the manual I thought the folloWing............

When the wipers are in the auto position and operating in full wipe mode I expected that the lights came on automatically. I assumed this as I have another car with the Same functions the lights come on when the wipers are operating fully.
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It doesn't work like that on the Civic (unfortunately)

If it's raining, the wipers come on - If it's dark the lights come on - but the wipers & lights auto functions aren't linked. I agree it would be sensible though.
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Mercedes reckon that if yoy need to have your wipers on then you need your ligts on as well. NOw correct me if I am wrong but i think the Highway Code say the same ?
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I agree both should be linked. Since getting mine I have found the wipers work great but the lights don't come on until it is darker than I am happy with. Does anyone know if you can adjust the sensitivity of the light sensor to make them come on earlier?
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I agree both should be linked. Since getting mine I have found the wipers work great but the lights don't come on until it is darker than I am happy with. Does anyone know if you can adjust the sensitivity of the light sensor to make them come on earlier?
I totally agree, I drove mine for the first time in bad light yesterday and was very suprised the lights did not come on sooner. (I ended up putting my side lights on manually)
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On the Merc you can adust the sensativity but.....................it costs another £20 k more
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On the Merc you can adust the sensativity but.....................it costs another £20 k more
LOL......and your also stuck driving a Merc!
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You do not need your lights on in the rain, unless visibility is reduced and you want to make yourself more visible to other road users.
Normally, heavy rain + spray = reduced visibility

If visibilty is seriously reduced you can put your fog lights on too, but it has to be really bad weather for that!
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Actuall I have been pulled for having fog lights on on the motorway in bad vis , only to be let off after arguing my case
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Actuall I have been pulled for having fog lights on on the motorway in bad vis , only to be let off after arguing my case
Did you argue that there was so much fog you didn´t even see the police car in time to switch them off?



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You did well to be let off...
Are you referring to rear fog lights?
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If anything, my auto lights are too sensitive.
I can drive past one large tree and they will come on for a second or two.
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I do not find it a good idea that lights come on whenever wipers come on. The wipers at least on mine are very sensitive and are coming on even when a car in fron of me washes the windscreen. So i beleive is not a good idea to work in this way.
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I agree, clean the windscreen with the washer and you end up flashing the car in front.
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Auto this, auto that,,,what's wrong with you, the driver deciding when you need lights and wipers?
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For what its worth,, high way code rule 226

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You MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves (see Rule 236).



Nothing about always using them when the wipers are on...
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I am not able to use the auto lights function as Polish law states that lights must be used at all times.

I use the auto wipers and like the function.
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I use the auto wipers and like the function.
Me too, but they do seem to have a mind of their own sometimes.
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Me too, but they do seem to have a mind of their own sometimes.
Yep totally agree - sometimes when they are used for a while they seem to get 'tired' and not work so much! Maybe it has something to do with 'time and motion' issues
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If anything, my auto lights are too sensitive.
I can drive past one large tree and they will come on for a second or two.
This month driving around 8pm my lights go on and off (along with the satnav screen) every time I drive under a few trees. It's getting to the point when I am going to stop using them on auto.
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