2000 Camry Solara, questoins about trunk switch, dash dome, head lights.

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Old 07 Sep 2011, 08:14 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2000 Camry Solara, questoins about trunk switch, dash dome, head lights.

1) I just bought a 2000 Camry Solara, and as far as I can tell, all
the accessories work. But I'm not sure what "working" means in every
case.

The car has, I forget the exact name, "Theft Prevention" or
"Avoidance" AIUI, that means it has a transponder in the key and
won't start without it. It also came with two remotes, that lock and
unlock the doors, and set off an alarm in the car if I push the red
Panic button on the remote

Is there more to it than that?

The electrical wiring diagram is pretty complicated and it implies to
me that there's a lot more to it, and especially it shows that the
turnk latch switch is connected to the power door lock "integration
relay", so it must do more than just turn on the trunk light. But
when the doors are locked using the remote, and I open the trunk, it
doesn't set off the alarm. Is it supposed to do so?


2) There is a litte dome on the right side of the dash board that
I've learned keeps track of daylight, and in some circumstances turns
the headlights to full brightness when twilight comes.

But there is also a smaller dome on the left side of the dashboard,
just to the left of the defrosher vent. What does this do>


3) Also, the headlights confuse me. The owners manaual seems to say
that when I turn off the ignition switch, they will go off, even when
on full brightness, when the swtich is turned to the Headlight
position, , and I think sometimes t hey do. But other times I turn
off the car and t he lights stay on! Is it on a timer maybe? If it's
a timer, how long will they stay on. If there is no timer, please
try to unconfuse me.


Thanks.

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Old 08 Sep 2011, 11:53 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Wed, 07 Sep 2011 21:14:05 -0400, micky <NONONOmisc07@bigfoot.com>
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>1) I just bought a 2000 Camry Solara, and as far as I can tell, all
>the accessories work. But I'm not sure what "working" means in every
>case.
>
>The car has, I forget the exact name, "Theft Prevention" or
>"Avoidance" AIUI, that means it has a transponder in the key and
>won't start without it. It also came with two remotes, that lock and
>unlock the doors, and set off an alarm in the car if I push the red
>Panic button on the remote
>
>Is there more to it than that?


I"m pretty sure now that there IS more to it than that. I found the
Theft *Deterrent* ECU in the wiring diagram, and it appears the alarm
horn should go off when the car has been closed and locked by the
remote, and then unlocked by reaching in through the window, and
opening the door. Is that right? It doesn't.

Well, I sat in the car the whole time, does that make a difference?
>
>The electrical wiring diagram is pretty complicated and it implies to
>me that there's a lot more to it, and especially it shows that the
>turnk latch switch is connected to the power door lock "integration
>relay", so it must do more than just turn on the trunk light. But
>when the doors are locked using the remote, and I open the trunk, it
>doesn't set off the alarm. Is it supposed to do so?


Apparently opening the trunk with the key won't set off the alarm. I
don't really like that, but for now it's okay. I always disable the
mechanical trunk release** by the drivers seat, because the car is a
convertible, but tomorrow I will open the trunk that way and see if
the alarm goes off.

**The last car, a 95 Lebaron, also had a mechanical remote trunk
release, but I permanently disabled it and put in an electric trunk
releease, which wouldn't work except in ACC and ON, or with the alarm
remote.

>
>2) There is a litte dome on the right side of the dash board that
>I've learned keeps track of daylight, and in some circumstances turns
>the headlights to full brightness when twilight comes.
>
>But there is also a smaller dome on the left side of the dashboard,
>just to the left of the defrosher vent. What does this do>


??

>
>3) Also, the headlights confuse me. The owners manaual seems to say
>that when I turn off the ignition switch, they will go off, even when
>on full brightness, when the swtich is turned to the Headlight
>position, , and I think sometimes t hey do. But other times I turn
>off the car and t he lights stay on! Is it on a timer maybe? If it's
>a timer, how long will they stay on. If there is no timer, please
>try to unconfuse me.


Does it matter if the liight witch is on Off, Parking light, or
Headight?
>
>Thanks.


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On Wed, 07 Sep 2011 21:14:05 -0400, micky <NONONOmisc07@bigfoot.com>
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>
>2) There is a litte dome on the right side of the dash board that
>I've learned keeps track of daylight, and in some circumstances turns
>the headlights to full brightness when twilight comes.
>
>But there is also a smaller dome on the left side of the dashboard,
>just to the left of the defrosher vent. What does this do>


It turns out the dome on the left is the "solar sensor", but that
leaves open the question, What is the dome on the right?


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