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How to activate daytime lights

Does the Mustang come with daytime lights operating? My dealer says this feature must be activated by reprogramming the computer. I'm not too confident that he knows what he's talking about.

Anybody know if the daytime lights work, or how to activate them?


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I've always thought daytime running lights were stupid. I don't see how it increases visibility at all. Plus, it puts an additional (small) load on your alternator.

If it does come activated by default, I'm more interested in how to turn it off.

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Daytime running lights are a safety feature, not to help with visibility. I'm all for anything that might help other motorist notice me an prevent them from pulling out in front of me.

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Daytime running lights are a safety feature, not to help with visibility. I'm all for anything that might help other motorist notice me an prevent them from pulling out in front of me.
The question is this; do have DRL's on the Stang is there a physical piece that needs to be added or is it just a option that is turned on by connecting to the cars OBDII and changing it in the ECU options?

In the meantime you could always put a piece of black electrical tape over the light sensor on the dash. (effectively making the car think its always night and hence your lights will always be on.)

I know many insurance companies offer discounts for having DRL's. For me its $13.35 discount over a 6 month span (not much but still something).


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Well i think day time light is not required.As people can see the car coming.ya if its foggy weather than you require the lights to be on.


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I disagree, DRL is a safety feature. I was out west recently on 2 lane highways and it was much easier to see oncoming cars with DRLs than those without when trying to pass.

From what I remember from the order guide, it was only a fleet option and not available with HIDs. If you have standard lights they MAY be able to program them that way.

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It's always fun on a gray, foggy day when someone in a gray car with no lights pops out of the fog!

They passed the "wipers on/lights on" law in PA a few years ago, and I still see people driving around in the rain without lights. It's amazing how much difference in visibility of other vehicles it makes.

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I've always thought daytime running lights were stupid. I don't see how it increases visibility at all. Plus, it puts an additional (small) load on your alternator.

If it does come activated by default, I'm more interested in how to turn it off.
He didn't ask your opinion on them he asked a direct question

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I always shake my head when people don't want DRLs. Think of all the idiots on the road especially the ones with poor low light vision and the ones that forgot/should get/don't like to wear their glasses/contacts. Now, don't you want something that offers a slightly better chance of them noticing you and not wrecking your new Mustang.
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OP here. Didn't realize this was so controversial. I'll just have to wait till I get my car and see what I can do. Taping the light sensor may be the best solution. I did order the HID's.

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I would assume it can be programmed by the Dealer. DRLs are required in Canada, so any Mustangs built for delivery there will have them. I had my Ford dealer turn them on on my Edge. Charged me a $40 fee to do that service.
Not sure if I'll do that to the stang or not, but for the couple of weeks I have had the car there has been a number of "idiots" that just seem to want to pull out in front of my fast charging red car! Do they not see it.......how can you miss it!
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The DRL's are a fleet option for regular headlamps, but might be able to be programmed in the Smart Junction Box....but not with the HID's

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