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Old 06-27-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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Rain Light

In my 2013 ST with ST3, the settings for the Information Display has an option to check or uncheck "Rain Light". What the heck is this? The manual doesn't say anything about it. The dealer said it turns on the headlights when wipers do a "courtesy swipe" in response to the activation of a "moisture sensor"...but the manual doesn't say anything about that, either.

In California we have a silly law requiring you to turn on your headlights whenever you turn on your wipers, even during the day. It would be nice if this "Rain Light" feature did that automatically, but my headlights aren't coming on with the wipers (although it wasn't raining when I tried it).

Can anyone explain this?


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Old 06-27-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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Not a stupid law by any means I have the same law here and I think NY does as well. Usually when it rains its darker then a bright sunny day so I see the point.the rain light I think was for the 2012 models that had rain sensing wipers and I don't know why they took them off the 2013's and if you have Auto lights I think that's when the lights come on if its set to auto
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:24 PM   #3
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I have an auto setting on my headlights, but that just makes them turn on when it gets dark. I'd like to know just what this "Rain light" setting does, since it isn't explained in the manual.

Do you know where the actual moisture sensor is in the 2012 models?
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:51 PM   #4
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The rain-sensor is the one behind the mirror in the glass iirc. As for the rain light, once the wipers swiped a certain number of times it would automatically activate the headlights for safety.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:04 PM   #5
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They need to be on the continuous setting (not intermittent) for it to work. (Basically it's the two fastest speeds of the wipers when you move the stalk up.)
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Yes if you have your headlight switch in the auto position and then turn on your wipers (even on intermittent) then the headlights will be turn on. It takes a few seconds for them to come on same when you turn the wipers off it takes a few seconds for the lights to turn back off. But you do have to go into the menu feature and check the box for the lights to come on.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:12 PM   #7
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Excellent, thanks. I'll do some more experimenting. That'll be a nice feature to have.
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