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Old 06-16-2010, 09:06 AM   #1
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Daytime running lights?

My new Jeep seems to be the only one on the road with day time running lights. Is it because it was bought in Canada? Can I turn them off?

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Old 06-16-2010, 09:41 AM   #2
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What year is it?
Have you checked your owner's manual?
Here is some info that I found for you.
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All Canadian vehicles (since the early 90"s) have to have DRL's
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There is a relay box that the DRLs plug into... unplug it and the DRL goes away. I would tape the end of the plug (to keep dirt out) and secure it from flapping around.

It's mounted on the cowl/firewall approx below the vent... 2 screws and a weather plug. The box is pretty small maybe 2"x2".
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Jeep TJ (1997+). (Possibly superceded by above.) Manufactured in Canada come equipped with dim DRL's. To disable them, you need to unplug the control module that operates them. Its located on the firewall under the hood, drivers side; Its about the size of a beeper (pager) Unplug it and make sure it dosen't dangle down onto the engine. The only side effect I have noticed is, the high beam indicator that tells you that your bright lights are on, doesn't work. But who really needs that anyway!!!!

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Jeep TJ (2003).

Many people disable DRLs (daytime running lights) by unplugging the module itself. This works but will usually disable some other aspect such as your high beam indicator. The Jeep TJ (mine is a 2004 Rubicon) uses a motion sensor to send a signal to the DRL module to tell it the Jeep is moving and to activate the daytime running lights. To defeat this, you need to open the cable assembly leading into the DRL and find the wire which is coded WHITE/ORANGE and cut this wire so that the motion signal never reaches the DRL and the lights stay off until YOU want them by YOUR choice. There are no adverse effects whatever; everything else continues to work properly. I went a step further since I do want them on if I am on the highway for a long trip. I cut the wire and connected the two ends of this wire to a switch which is fixed under the hood. One position is DRL ON, the other is DRL OFF. I don't know what years or models this will work for but I suspect it would work for many situations.

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Wow thanks! I have an 01.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:29 AM   #4
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Hopefully, one of them will be the right fix for you.
Just a thought, if you ARE in Canada, you might check to see if you'll be legal without them
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He's in the US Kate, but the Jeep is Canadian...
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Curious, which lights are being used for the running lights, head lights, turn signal lights or some other ones we are not familiar with? My CTS has the turn signal lights on all the time for DRL's. I think it is not such a bad idea as it helps others see you coming. Why not leave them on and have a unique Jeep?
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Daylight running lights are an almost-totally free way of gaining a lot of safety for your vehicle. There's a reason why all motorcycles, and more and more vehicles have them, and why they're required in Canada and most of Europe. We'll all have them soon.

They're especially good if you live in a rural area, on highways with dips and rises, or in the north where it gets dark early.

So why not just leave them alone?

One of the things I miss most about my Subaru was the ability to just leave the headlights on all the time.
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I drive with my lights on all the time.
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:02 PM   #9
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I will probably leave them on. The headlights are what is on all of the time and they're slightly dimmed compared to being turned on.
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:34 PM   #10
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I'm with Jim.
When I lived in Alaska I got in the habit of using them all the time, now when I head down the road I just flick my lights on out of habit. Kinda like wearing my seatbelt, I do it without thinking.

I live in a rural area now but even when I lived in town I did it.

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