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Old 08-03-2008, 11:22 PM   #1
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daytime running lights

I apologize if this has been discussed before. Our 2004 Sportsmobile has daytime running lights. I asked the Ford garage if they could reprogram the van to turn them off. I was told basically "no". It is very anoying to have them. Has anyone had any luck getting them off? (I've tried the emergency brake trick but it didn't work). I was thinking that perhaps a switch could be installed to turn the lights off unless you had the switch in the on position. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Oclv
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:44 AM   #2
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daytime running lights

You can disconnect the relay (about a 1" black cube) for the daytime running lights without effecting anything else. The relay is located under the plastic trim piece that mounts between the top of the front grill and the support for the hood latch. It is slightly off center towards the passenger side.

You could determine which wire activates this relay and place an inline switch mounted at the dash.

I hope this helps!

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Old 08-04-2008, 09:51 AM   #3
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The DRL's on the 04's are extra stupid.

If you turn the key to ACC, they come on. You cannot turn them off without turning off the key or unplugging them completely. Not one of Ford's better ideas.

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Old 08-04-2008, 10:46 AM   #4
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Disconnecting that DRL relay box was the first thing I did when I received my 2004 Ford Sportsmobile!



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Old 08-04-2008, 11:48 AM   #5
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The problem is, I really like DRL's when driving. If you disconnect them, they are totally off.

I would rather not use headlights, because that turns on the tailights and sometimes people following will miss or mistake the brakelights - especially when in the forest and trees cause a sun/shade/sun/shade condition.

It's possible that one day I will get off my lazy behind and run a couple of wires back to the interior and put an on/off switch for the DRL's.

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Old 08-04-2008, 03:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for the great feedback. My Ford dealership said it would cost thousands to completely re wire the whole van just to turn off the DRLs. I will take the feedback and run a couple wires into the dash and put a rocker switch in. It always seemed a little dumb to have to turn the headlights on when I turned the switch on just to roll up windows, etc. Thanks again. oclv
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It always seemed a little dumb to have to turn the headlights on when I turned the switch on just to roll up windows, etc.
Especially when camping with other folks at night. No need to dazzle them with your headlights just to roll up the windows.

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Old 09-10-2008, 10:45 PM   #8
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This post was great because it got me off my but to do the mod. Here is the pin-out for the module. Pin 3 (light blue/Pink wire) is the pin to switch.







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Greg,
Nice job!
Where did you get that switch?

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I got the switch at a local auto parts I can't remember witch one. You can find it here http://www.action-electronics.com/switches.htm#Rocker . The switch is actually mounted in a rubber grommet. I would like to say I have some great technical reason or aesthetic reason.Truth be told I screwed up and the drill bit did a little walking on me this was my improvised solution.

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