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Old 08-05-2012, 07:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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USA 2012 Camry Windshield Mounted Senor

I have tried researching and looking through the manual but I cannot figure out what the other sensor is that is behind the rear view mirror. Does any one have an idea?
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Light sensor for auto dimming mirror - OM section 1-3.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Section 1-3 in my book relates to opening, closing, and locking the door. My understanding is that the light sensor is on the mirror itself to the right of the "Auto" button. There is something else behind the mirror on the windshield.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have tried researching and looking through the manual but I cannot figure out what the other sensor is that is behind the rear view mirror. Does any one have an idea?
I was wondering about that, too. It's pretty large.

I also assumed it adds $4 billion to the cost of replacing the windshield.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Section 1-4 for hybrids. It is what I said it is if it's on the back of the mirror.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was wondering about that, too. It's pretty large.

I also assumed it adds $4 billion to the cost of replacing the windshield.
Are we talking about the same thing?

What I'm talking about are two sensors located on the front and back of the rear view mirror.

This sensor is not part of the windshield as the confusing thread, 2012 Camry Windshield Mounted Senor, title may imply, unless I'm lost in left field .
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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What ROSETHORNIL is talking about, I think, is the large object behind the mirror that is mounted to the windshield. I'll be at the dealer tomorrow and will ask about it.
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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What ROSETHORNIL is talking about, I think, is the large object behind the mirror that is mounted to the windshield. I'll be at the dealer tomorrow and will ask about it.
Yes, that's right. It's rectangular and has a series of small slots on the passenger side. And yes, it does mount to the windshield.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, that's right. It's rectangular and has a series of small slots on the passenger side. And yes, it does mount to the windshield.
Here is a link to a picture of this sensor to the right of the mirror on passenger side.

http://www.toyotanation.com/photos/s.../ppuser/271269


Or you can click on the camera icon under my ID to the left.
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If possible, take another picture from further back. I have not perspective/clue what I'm looking at with the above picture.
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:35 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If possible, take another picture from further back. I have not perspective/clue what I'm looking at with the above picture.
Ok here is a better picture..thought this would be easy to identify...TCH XLE 2012


http://www.toyotanation.com/photos/s.../ppuser/271269

Two things come to mind when looking at this thing:

1. It's a climate control sensor for the passenger side

2. It has a louver opening on all sides so it might be some sort of voice response unit?
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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HH20,
Thanks for the pictures which clarified that I was not on the same page as the rest of you as my SE does not have this gizmo.

Do you folks that have this gizmo
1) own an XLE
2) have the Safety Connect Option

I'm wondering if it's related to 1 and/or 2.
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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HH20,
Thanks for the pictures which clarified that I was not on the same page as the rest of you as my SE does not have this gizmo.

Do you folks that have this gizmo
1) own an XLE
2) have the Safety Connect Option

I'm wondering if it's related 1 and/or 2.
I own an XLE (Hybrid)

I did not order the Safety connect option.
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I own an XLE (Hybrid)

I did not order the Safety connect option.
Yup, that's me too.

No safety connect, but I do have an XLE hybrid.

Here are some photos from my XLE.









I would love to know WHAT this is...

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:07 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Awesome pictures Rose

The gizmo is a rain sensor, but only if you folks can confirm that the windshield wipers on your cars automagically turn on when it rains ......... please says yes .
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