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WEll I was leafing through my 2001 owners manual today and on page 132 it states

"The lights go out about six seconds after all the doors and the tailgate are closed."

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"With any door or the tailgate left open, the lights stay on for about three minutes, then go out."

Now it is obvious from posts about dead batteries that Honda did not add the timers. It also seems that they did not add them to the 2002 model. Was this an oversight? I mean why is this in the manual?
If they designed the system it would be nice to retro fit my van with it.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Canodyssey:
WEll I was leafing through my 2001 owners manual today and on page 132 it states:

On EX model

"The lights go out about six seconds after all the doors and the tailgate are closed."

and

"With any door or the tailgate left open, the lights stay on for about three minutes, then go out."

Now it is obvious from posts about dead batteries that Honda did not add the timers. It also seems that they did not add them to the 2002 model. Was this an oversight? I mean why is this in the manual?
If they designed the system it would be nice to retro fit my van with it. What gives Honda???
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I think that means the lights go out if you've left the switch in the "auto" or middle position. If you put the switch in the "always on" position you don't get the benefit of the timer.

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Exactly. I've been out there installing my brother's car seat and have had the lights go out on me (with a door open). Maugham is right, this only happens when the dash switch is in the middle. Turn it on, and the timer doesn't kick in.

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I guess I misunderstood previous posts about the interior light problems. I was under the assumption that dead batteries were happening in the switch middle position too. I thought Honda may have not installed the timers on the EX versions also.
I have an LX so I guess I'm screwed unless I can somehow get the timing relays as a retrofit.

Thanks for the extra insight guys.
 

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There's a whole thread somewhere in here about this; yes the battery can go dead with the light switch in the middle position *if* you've flipped any of the lights on by clicking on them. Then those lights will stay on until you discover it or your battery is dead...whatever comes first.

The 'middle position' 3 minute timer only works if you haven't turned on any switches individually.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by nyvram:
There's a whole thread somewhere in here about this; yes the battery can go dead with the light switch in the middle position *if* you've flipped any of the lights on by clicking on them. Then those lights will stay on until you discover it or your battery is dead...whatever comes first.

The 'middle position' 3 minute timer only works if you haven't turned on any switches individually.
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I guess I should have said that the timer is in effect provided that it is not overriden either by the master or individual switches.

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I was also stunned to find this out. While I really like my Ody, I have to be rather harsh about this incredibly annoying oversight and say that IMO the Honda people who approved and designed this feature are MORONS!!! Ever unpack a minivan full of kids and groceries in three minutes? Didn't think so.

My Windstar was far better thought-out in this regard. It left the lights on long enough for you to actually unpack the vehicle and if you left them on for more than 45 minutes it would shut them off regardless of whether the domes were switched on or the doors were left open. Nice going Ford. Duh! Honda...

Honda could have at least allowed the owner to program or bypass the delay, but didn't even do that.

ARGH!!!


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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ExFordOwner:
...Honda could have at least allowed the owner to program or bypass the delay, but didn't even do that.</font>
Sounds like a challenge for some of the modders around here.
 
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