On Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:02:43 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
I think there is a compelling reason to be able to turn off all of
this crap. The alternator crapped out on my wife's fairly new Lincoln.
I was able to jump start it and put enough juice into the battery to
drive it home ... but not with the lights on and all the other stuff
that is there whether you want it or not.
Depending upon the make/model of vehicle, SOME will deactivate the DRLs
by merely engaging the parking brake to the FIRST detent while the car
is turned off. The theory is that that position is not sufficient to
engage the brake but is sufficient to deactivate the DRLs.
Google is your friend (and mine).
According to this, the 7.5amp fuse in slot #21 (dash fuse panel)
controls ONLY the DRL's. Play around with that and if it is correct,
then is should be easy peasy to insert a switch to control it without
pulling the fuse.
On 7/24/2016 10:07 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
I already knew that which I stated in my original post. As I stated, I
can remove the fuse and the lights will remain off, yet, since the DRL
are also used for high beam, they will still work. That's why I thought
the easiest solution would be to install a switch within the fuse area.
Thanks for doing some homework.
No problem. While the DRLs use the high beam lamp, they are on a
separate circuit that provides the lamp with 6 volts vs 12.
Pick out the switch of your choice and then hie thee to a good auto
parts store. They make an adapter that plugs into that open fuse
position that is essentially a fused loop of its own with a integral
fuse holder. Take th 7.5 amp fuse out of the car's block, cut the wire
loop and insert switch and then plug the adapter back into the fuse
block. Switch will turn the DRLs off and on at will and regardless of
its position your headlights will function normally.
On 7/24/2016 9:36 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
Just prior to my earlier replies, I wanted to ensure I was accurate and
went out to the car and tried several options with the headlight
switches. I have an "auto" feature which turns headlights on when
ambient light is darker and DRL when it's light out. I can turn that on
or off and simply use the DRL or simply turn on the headlights. If I
turn off the headlights, the DRL will always stay on. At that point, I
lifted the brake all the way and they stayed on. This was with the car
running and turned off. Then I did the same with the switch set to auto
and same results. I tried it in every position and with vehicle on and
off. Also reading the manual doesn't specify using the brake will turn
That brake workaround for the DRLs should work regardless of what
position the headlight switch is in but obviously will not work when the
headlights are on "full bright."
Not surprising that you found nothing about disabling them in the
owner's manual. Such tips are rarely provided by the manufacturer's.
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