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Old 01-31-2003, 03:35 PM   #1
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Is there a way to not have my lights on during the day when I release the parking brake? Is there a wire to cut or something? Thanks
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Old 01-31-2003, 04:27 PM   #2
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You should really try this:



before the "n00b" cries hit the fan.....


Anyways.......there's a harness behind the glove box that you unplug. Blue, I think. Maybe white. Try both.
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Old 01-31-2003, 04:28 PM   #3
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Do a search for daytime running lights or DRL. There's a control module under/behind the glove box, and a resistor pack on the passenger side of the engine compartment. You can also raise the emergency brake handle just one click.
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Old 01-31-2003, 04:30 PM   #4
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Do a search for daytime running lights or DRL. There's a control module under/behind the glove box, and a resistor pack on the passenger side of the engine compartment. You can also raise the emergency brake handle just one click.
Go behind the glove box - it's super-easy. Can do the one in the engine but it's pretty hard to get to and you have to worry about the plug corroding. Please tell me you wouldn't even consider the e-brake thing - that's ghetto fix.
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Old 02-01-2003, 05:01 AM   #5
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I added a switch in one of the blanks on the console so I could choose. I usually leave them on - given the weather in the "sunny" NW, but if I want to be inconspicuous at night I like the option of offing them.

If you pull the top center panel off the console you can find the wire leading to the switch on the parking brake. (May be easier if you pull the upper panel too.) I added a 3-terminal switch ; one terminal is common, the other 2 are switched. (It's supposed to be a lighted switch, but using the 3rd terminal for this operation negated that.) Bought the switch at NAPA; small, and fits into a hole I cut in the center of the existing console plug.

Cut the wire leading to the parking brake switch. But plan first! you want both cut ends to be able to reach the switch, or you'll have to splice on an extension if one doesn't reach. Add terminals to the cut ends that are the right size for the switch you're using.

Attach the cut end coming from the dash to the common terminal. Attach the cut end from the parking brake to one of the other terminals. Now add a ground wire; there're a couple of bolts available to use as the grounding point. Attach the ground wire to the last terminal on the switch.

Voila! Now you have a choice. You may have to swap wires on the last 2 terminals around to get the on/off switch positions to match the lights.
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Old 02-01-2003, 07:50 AM   #6
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Using the e-brake switch to control the DRLs is a bad idea. When the switch is closed it will also turn on the 'Brake" warning light on the dash. Driving around with this light on constantly is not only annoying, but somewhat unsafe since the warning light will no longer be able to do its job and alert you to problems with the brake system such as a loss of brake fluid.
If you want to install a switch for the DRLs that's fine, but use a wire that will interrupt DRL function only with no effect on anything else, such as one of the connections to the DRL control module by the glovebox. You could also add a relay in series with the load resistor in the engine compartment.
Or, you could still use the wire from the parking brake, but install a diode in series with this wire in the harness to the DRL module, and connect your switch between the diode and the module. That way you could control the DRLs the way you want without affecting the brake warning light system.
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