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Ergonomics fail

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    Ergonomics fail

    We took our Suburban downstate this week and tested out its cargo hauling capabilities. It is amazing how much you can stuff inside of that thing. During a side trip I came upon a construction zone, which in Pennsylvania you have to turn your headlights on to pass through. I flipped the lights on and drove another 2-3 miles to my destination.

    I had to make a fairly quick turn into the parking lot due to oncoming traffic, and the front end felt funny as soon as I cut the corner. After pulling into the parking lot, I cut the truck back and forth and sure enough, you could feel an odd sensation in the steering. I checked under the hood and made sure it had power steering fluid and that the belt looked good.

    I started the truck back up and it felt fine going straight, but as soon as I turned the steering wheel, that odd feeling came back. It took me about another minute, and then I realized... at the construction zone, I spun the 4WD wheel, not the wheel for the lights. Clicked it back to 2WD and all was well.

    In my defense, the damn switches are absolutely identical and it is only the third time I have driven it. But, I still felt like an idiot. Dawn's only comment was that she was glad I did it first, so now she knows to watch which switch she turns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konigandy6 View Post
    The lights are always on... You don't need to turn the dial at all.

    I believe the law here requires the "headlights" to be on, not just the DRL's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I believe the law here requires the "headlights" to be on, not just the DRL's.
    Trust me, you can't tell the difference between the 2. Do an experiment... have someone sit in the car while it's running during the day, and flip the switch between AUTO and headlights... I bet they're the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konigandy6 View Post
    Trust me, you can't tell the difference between the 2. Do an experiment... have someone sit in the car while it's running during the day, and flip the switch between AUTO and headlights... I bet they're the same.

    I'll have to check it out. Never had a vehicle with "auto" headlights. Last night coming home in a semi-storm, my dash displays kept changing brighteness as the lights kicked on and off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I'll have to check it out. Never had a vehicle with "auto" headlights. Last night coming home in a semi-storm, my dash displays kept changing brighteness as the lights kicked on and off.
    There is a little bubble located on top of your dash right in the middle that the ambient light sensor. If it detects low levels of light, it will kick on interior lights and vice versa.

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    My cousin worked in the service dept at a Chevy dealer. They had people all the time come in and say the headlights are staying on all the time. He would take their hat, paper, etc off the top of the sensor

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