Parking lights

Submitted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 17:25
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How do you stop the parking lights staying on if the door is open?
Is there a wick fix though the computer that Mazda can disable?
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 17:57

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 17:57
Flash the headlights twice. That turns it off on this occasion. Or lock the car with the fob.

With the BT50, you can't permanently turn the behaviour off. I think with the Ranger you can, but not sure.

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 22:31

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 22:31
They also time out after a while, about 15 minutes IIRC.
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Follow Up By: Member - nickb "boab" - Friday, May 31, 2019 at 05:23

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 05:23
From what I have read on the Ford Ranger forum you can't permanently turn them off either with the Fords as well ! at least with the early models like you can the seat belt warning light.
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Follow Up By: Hoyks - Friday, May 31, 2019 at 09:08

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 09:08
With the Forscan tool you can turn on 'Silent Mode' on the Ranger, its probably an option on the BT50 but the dealer might night have no idea how to do it though.

Turning off both interior lights makes it less noticeable, you still get the parkers coming on, but a but more stealthy than flashing high beam across the camp ground.
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Follow Up By: nickb - Friday, May 31, 2019 at 22:53

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 22:53
Pretty sure Silent mode is only available on the PX2 Ranger (2015+). The current BT50 is pretty much the same as the first PX Ranger (2011-2014), they haven’t spent the $$$ on the newer tech.
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Follow Up By: Member - nickb "boab" - Sunday, Jun 02, 2019 at 07:41

Sunday, Jun 02, 2019 at 07:41
Do the bt50 have canbus electric??
Or is that just lucky rangers owners lol
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 02, 2019 at 09:49

Sunday, Jun 02, 2019 at 09:49
Nick,

To my knowledge my BT50 has canbus electrics. I replaced all my lamps with LED and had to buy canbus compatible bulbs or add load resistors. Electrical accessories switched by or added to existing circuits have to be driven through relays.

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Sunday, Jun 02, 2019 at 11:33

Sunday, Jun 02, 2019 at 11:33
The CAN bus system was developed by Robert Bosch in 1983 and presented to manufacturers in 1986.
It was developed due to a need to control the new electronic fuel injection systems produced from 1986, and to more accurately control exhaust emission levels.

CAN stands for Controller Area Network, and the word "bus" in electronics is simply the contraction of "omnibus", thus indicating an electrical pathway for electronic communication purposes.

The CAN bus system allows electronic communication between ECU's/ECM's, microprocessors, and sensors, without a dedicated host computer.

The CAN bus communication system began to be fitted in vehicles from 1991, in Mercedes cars.

The CAN bus system was then "enlarged" to allow connection of code readers/scanners, to enable OBD - On-Board Diagnostics.

In 1993, the CAN bus system was recognised with an International Standard - ISO 11898.

In 1991, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) declared that all new vehicles sold in California needed to be fitted with some type of OBD device to enable diagnostic control of exhaust emissions.

The CARB regulations took until 1994 to be defined precisely, and legislation made it mandatory for OBD to be fitted to all cars and light commercials from the 1996 model year in California.

OBD was fitted to a large percentage of vehicles sold globally from 1996, with more makes and models being added yearly, as more electronic controls were added to the vehicle construction.

1996 saw the standardisation of fault codes across all vehicle CAN bus systems.
Prior to 1996, manufacturers used their own fault codes with no standardisation, thus creating diagnostic difficulties.

The standardised OBD system from 1996 is known as OBD-II. Any diagnostic system in use before 1996 is known as OBD-I or sometimes just OBD. The OBD-1 systems are extremely basic and limited.

There is no car or light commercial built in about the last 18-20 years that does not use a CAN bus system with OBD-II.

Your electrical ECU's in your vehicle are programmed via factory software to control electrical loads and electronic signals, with electronic and electrical parameters.
If the signal is outside the set parameters, the system will log a fault, or simply refuse to operate - or go into "limp mode", operating under low levels of power with limited operation.

This is done as a protective measure to prevent overload or damage to components.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Member - MIKE.G - Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 19:32

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 19:32
As Frank said, or turn the ignition on and off to accessory, will do the same thing while the doors are open.

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Mike
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Reply By: RMD - Friday, May 31, 2019 at 08:30

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 08:30
If the sensing of the door being open is not being done by the door lock position switch, you may be able to add a wire and switch to the normal interior system. The normal interior light switch wire in the pillar can be paralleled to negative through a hidden/convenient switch for selection of a continuous OFF sense for the lights and ecu controlled parklights ON condition.

This can be tested to see if it works by simply holding the door/pillar switch IN, so the situation is created and if it does what you want, then the additional switch can be wired in. By turning that switch to "open" the vehicle is then returned to normal operation when door not required to be open.
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Reply By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:47

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:47
Cougar 55,
If you are concerned about the current draw from the parking lights just install LEDs front and back, all available from Jaycar. Then current draw almost zero, well almost zero
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Follow Up By: MickeyJ - Saturday, Jun 01, 2019 at 17:41

Saturday, Jun 01, 2019 at 17:41
If you do this then the ECU will throw an error and you will need load resistors and it will then draw the same power.
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Follow Up By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 18:51

Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 18:51
Accordding to Jaycar if you use the Canbus enabled units that problem will be eliminated
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Follow Up By: MickeyJ - Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 20:32

Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 20:32
Best I can tell on my ranger is that canbus enabled means having a resistor across the circuit to trick the ECU in to thinking it has a globe drawing the correct amount of current.
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