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Old 09-04-2020, 02:38 PM   #1
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2008 E150 Daytime Running Lights

Wondering if anyone has put a switch in to toggle the daytime running lights on an 08' or later. I don't want to disconnect them completely but would if it came to it...

Searching the threads came up with two mentions from 2008 regarding an 04'. Perhaps it hasn't changed?

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Old 09-09-2020, 08:20 AM   #2
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You'd want to consult the EVTM for your particular year chassis to see where an interior switch and relay could be used to "disable" the DRL's when you see fit. I am guessing from '08 forward the schematics would be similar enough but checking them would be the best bet.

Again totally guessing but the '04's and '08's might be different enough the same scheme wouldn't work correctly for both.

Not sure how helpful that is but its what I got for now.
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It looks like the 2008 might use the same DRL module that is in my 2004. I just put a switch on the 12 volt hot in run input. With the it switched off, the module does not know the vehicle is running, all other light conditions work. I would check out your DRL module to see what part number it is.

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Iím curious: why do folks want to disconnect them? Itís a feature I actually like for safety, especially on smaller roads.
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Thank you JWA and Greg! A switch at the hot in sounds perfect... I'll check the module.

Brian, I want the option to not have the lights turn on when engaging the key, for example to "roll up the windows" at night. Sometimes we do camp in campgrounds or near other folks, and its not polite to shine the lights on the other folks.

Otherwise I like the daytime running lights too.
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Brian, I want the option to not have the lights turn on when engaging the key, for example to "roll up the windows" at night. Sometimes we do camp in campgrounds or near other folks, and its not polite to shine the lights on the other folks.
If you turn the key backwards into accessory position, it should not illuminate the DRLs. As another benefit, it also wont' be cycling your PCM and fuel pump every time either.
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Try setting the parking brake. DRLs switch off when parking brake is engaged on numerous vehicles.
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Thank you JWA and Greg! A switch at the hot in sounds perfect... I'll check the module.

Brian, I want the option to not have the lights turn on when engaging the key, for example to "roll up the windows" at night. Sometimes we do camp in campgrounds or near other folks, and its not polite to shine the lights on the other folks.

Otherwise I like the daytime running lights too.
Your welcome, the post is here https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/fo...itch-1705.html

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If you turn the key backwards into accessory position, it should not illuminate the DRLs. As another benefit, it also wont' be cycling your PCM and fuel pump every time either.
Yep, did this the other day to keep the radio on while the DRL off while we were in the drive in movie theater.
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