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How to turn on the standared equipment Daylight Running Lights

DRL daylight running lamps

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#1 OFFLINE   enigma-2

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 11:45 PM

Was at my local dealer today, had been told in the past that I did not have the proper equipment for DRL.

Called other dealers and was given the same spiel. (09 Lincoln MKX).

 

Anyway, while checking in for a door lock problem (turned out it was frozen), I asked to also have my DRL turned on. They told me they could not do that and I handed them copies of pages from the Ford service manual showing the procedure. They looked surprised and said OK.

 

$45 later and now I have DRL's.

 

According to the manual, DRL's are controlled through the smart junction box (also known as the Generic Electronic Module). Procedure is for the dealer to connect his Vehicle Communication Module with the correct Integrated Diagnostic System (software) and simply set a flag to on, under the DRL section. When the DRL is active, the smart junction box provides a "  Pulse Width Modulated"   voltage to the low beam headlamps. This illuminates the headlamps at a reduced intensity.

 

Should be able to have your DRL turned on, on any year of MKX. (Probably any Lincoln or Ford as well).


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#2 OFFLINE   Max

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 05:43 PM

That is great seems like the dealers should know this



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Posted 13 January 2015 - 11:33 PM

Was at my local dealer today, had been told in the past that I did not have the proper equipment for DRL.

Called other dealers and was given the same spiel. (09 Lincoln MKX).

 

Anyway, while checking in for a door lock problem (turned out it was frozen), I asked to also have my DRL turned on. They told me they could not do that and I handed them copies of pages from the Ford service manual showing the procedure. They looked surprised and said OK.

 

$45 later and now I have DRL's.

 

According to the manual, DRL's are controlled through the smart junction box (also known as the Generic Electronic Module). Procedure is for the dealer to connect his Vehicle Communication Module with the correct Integrated Diagnostic System (software) and simply set a flag to on, under the DRL section. When the DRL is active, the smart junction box provides a "  Pulse Width Modulated"   voltage to the low beam headlamps. This illuminates the headlamps at a reduced intensity.

 

Should be able to have your DRL turned on, on any year of MKX. (Probably any Lincoln or Ford as well).

 

Wait. Do you mean to tell me that all MKXs come with Daytime Running Lights? ? ?



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Posted 15 January 2015 - 10:10 PM

Something else I didn't know



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 02:35 AM

I know that in Canada., you must have your headlights on at all times.  Makes sense that this is a software change rather than a part change = saves money for Lincoln.

 

Pretty nifty though.


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Posted 19 January 2015 - 02:00 AM

I know that in Canada., you must have your headlights on at all times.  Makes sense that this is a software change rather than a part change = saves money for Lincoln.

 

Pretty nifty though.

 

Don't you have to have them on at all times in most parts of the world?  This is a smart idea to toggle it on and off via a software change.



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Posted 12 February 2015 - 12:39 AM

Wait. Do you mean to tell me that all MKXs come with Daytime Running Lights? ? ?

Yes. At least 09 on do, can't say for certain about older Edge's and MKXs.

All they have to do is connect the computer and set the bit for DRL in teh program to "on".



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Posted 12 February 2015 - 03:29 AM

Yes. At least 09 on do, can't say for certain about older Edge's and MKXs.

All they have to do is connect the computer and set the bit for DRL in teh program to "on".

 

I'm going to see if I can ask someone at Ford service here in Dearborn about when this started.  I'd like to have my headlights come on when the car is started - it's a great safety feature.

 

My E350s come on that way, however, it was a service vehicle and I noticed that it was ordered that way as an option in 2006.



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 02:02 PM

I've since learned that it's standard on all Fords and Lincolns. Just a software change.



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Posted 05 April 2015 - 05:31 PM

Great topic, and a mystery for me. I have the adaptive HID headlights, so I'm curious what part of the system would operate in daylight mode. The parking lights?

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 06:12 PM

On the MKX with HID headlights, the fog lights are supposed to come on for the DRL's. Mine don't, but looking through this forum, I'm going to see if the dealership can toggle the'on' setting in the software.

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Posted 25 June 2016 - 05:24 AM

On the 2016, the US model should be programable by the user: http://owner.lincoln...ps-lincoln.html


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Posted 25 June 2016 - 09:36 AM

I believe that there are two types of DRL.

"Non-configurable" which are installed on the 2007-2016 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles, and are turned on or off through the dealer. On Halagen headlights, it uses the low beams at a 50% operating cycle. On HID it uses the halagen fog lamps on the MKX.

(All of the dealers in my area stated this wasn't possible, and I had to argue with my local dealer to do it. The service manager stated loudly that it wouldn't work, and I had to agree that I would accept the cost knowing that it wouldn't work. ....He had to eat crow after the technician brought the car back and the DRL were operating.)

On the 2016 (only) vehicles, you may have the "configurable" DRL installed that can be set to on (or off) through the instrument display.

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 12:15 PM

Have my 2013 MKX at the dealer right now. They are updating the software to 3.10. Seeing how they were going to be messing with the software I asked them to do this procedure with the DRL but have come back at me saying it can’t be done. That when they get to a certain point it simply doesn’t let them switch it on. What a bummer!

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 01:04 PM

Surprising. Should be possible as it's configurable for Canadian cars and fleet vehicles.

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 01:23 PM

Yes, very surprising. This is what they said in their notes.

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 01:32 PM

It's designed into the SJB of all MKXs and Edges. Had been 2007. Maybe a different dealer. I had to go through several at my dealer until I found the technician who knew what he was doing. (He's the one who told me that it was built-in to the Smart Junction Box).

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 01:37 PM

I see. Well this dealer is the one we purchased this MKX since its near work. I will try another dealer closer to home and see what they say. At least they didn't charge me for looking around.

 

Quick question, do you happen to have these fog lights from Philips installed?

 

https://www.pepboys....s/1306518/00840



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Posted 03 November 2017 - 07:51 PM

I stayed with the OEM bulbs.

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 11:56 PM

I stayed with the OEM bulbs.

 

 

Okay, thanks!








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