Q: On three
occasions we came back to our 2012 Lincoln MKX and the skylight and
windows were open. When we left the car everything was closed up
tight. We were lucky the weather was good. We checked with our
dealership and they said it happens a lot to this type of car. Is
there away to avoid this problem? Two of these times we were away
from home and the third time it was in the garage. The car has
42,000 miles on it. Please advise and help us figure out what can be
ó Rich D.
one of many who have encountered this odd situation! Your Lincoln is
equipped with a "Global Open and Close feature." Pressing
the key fob unlock button for longer than three seconds while
nearby/outside instructs the vehicle to lower windows and open the
sunroof as a pre-entry cool-down feature during hot weather (they
can also be closed by pressing and holding the lock button). Perhaps
the fob button is accidentally being operated while in a pocket,
similar to butt-dialing someone on a mobile phone? You might try
employing the feature and see if you encounter identical behavior?
If desired, the Global Open and Close feature can be disabled with a
pro-grade scan tool such as the dealerís VCM/IDS.
Q: I cannot
get an explanation from the techs at my Toyota service dealership
about the inside automatic rear view mirror on our 2009 Avalon at
night when bright headlights approach the car from behind. I have
followed the directions in the manual and turned the system
"off" and back "on." The indicator light goes
off and on ó so that part works. If this system is working, I donít
see the improvement. All of the sensors are not obstructed. The LED
light on the mirror says that the system is on. Would Toyota create
a system that is so (subtle) insufficient that it is not noticeable?
Can I test it somehow? The old technology was dramatic. You flipped
a switch and the mirror adjusted significantly. If this Toyota
system is working, I cannot tell that there is an improvement in the
dimming the nighttime reflection.
ó Dave D.
deliberately obstructing the front-facing sensor with a finger tip
and shining a flashlight toward the rear-facing sensor at various
angles (key-on). If thereís no change itís truly not working.
Since the switch indicators light up, odds are any fault is within
the mirror and not the car. Some folks report issues with added rear
window tinting, center headrests and rear spoilers interfering with
consistent mirror response. Repositioning the mirror as high as
possible on its double mounting pivot can help.
If the mirror
is inoperative a new replacement is crazy expensive, $800! These
Gentex mirrors are universal between Camry, Solara, Matrix and
others over many years, so swapping in a wrecking yard replacement
may be an option, as is an old school manual mirror. Hereís a
wonderful YouTube on how these mirrors work, and some testing ideas: