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How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

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How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

Postby Joe.Gomes [OP] » Nov 06 2017, 8:45pm

I was looking for a way to disable the DRL and Autolights only for when going hunting so when i enter the bush or field my lights are not lighting up the whole woods. I coulnd't really find any real "how to" so i decided to write one up.

Skill - Anyone with a pulse
Time - 10 -30 mins
Tools - 7mm Socket Deep or with Extension and Rachet
- Trim Pry Tool/Flat Screw Driver
- (2) 5W 1.8K resistors ( Radioshack or The Source in Canada Has Multi Pack For $6.99 CDN)
- 5/8" x 3" Dual Wall Shrink Tube or Electrical Tape
- Optional Side Cutters

Auto - Lights Disable
First step is to remove the drivers side pillar cover, remove the cap and behind it is a 7mm bolt, after removing that there is one clip 2/3 of the way down, be careful not to brake it, mine kinda broke a bit but it still sits well
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Then lift the front cover of the dash off, its held in place by 5 body clips really easy to come out with a flat pry tool or trim removal tools

Then you twist the sensor counter clockwise to unlock it, unclip the sensor and with the plug facing you and the tab to the top, insert the two 5w 1.8K resistors vertically
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you can cut the tabs off to make it easier to install the shrink tube or you can leave them upto you. You can also use electrical tape if you ever want to go back to stock, i dont plan on it so i choose to have mine well secured with the shrink tube, worst case you depin the wires and get a new connector
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Reinstall dash front cover
Reinstall pillar cover

Day Time Running Lights Disable
Remove fuse 32 and 34

Test operation of lights - MAKE SURE YOU APPLY PARKING BRAKE, CHOCK ATLEAST A WHEEL OR HAVE SOMEONE HELP
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Re: How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

Postby cfesting » Nov 07 2017, 1:29pm

Question: Wouldn't you want to *not* apply parking brake to test?
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Re: How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

Postby ferraiolo1 » Nov 07 2017, 2:09pm

You would *want* to apply the parking brake. Since you have to put the truck in drive to see if the drls turn on during the day. Or you could just park in front of a window.


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Re: How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

Postby nealinator » Nov 07 2017, 2:14pm

Or you could alternatively pull the DRL fuses. Much more simple, reversible and quicker. Also keeps the light sensor in tact for dash light dimming.
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Re: How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

Postby Zrock » Nov 07 2017, 4:07pm

you missed the point where he was disabling DRL and auto headlights
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Re: How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

Postby nealinator » Nov 07 2017, 4:15pm

Oh. Well isn't that just a matter of rotating the headlight switch to not be on "Auto" for the headlights?
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Re: How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

Postby ferraiolo1 » Nov 07 2017, 4:24pm

Since his is a Canadian truck, i believe it functions differently. I believe DRLs are required up there.
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Re: How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

Postby Zrock » Nov 07 2017, 4:44pm

if its the same as my truck their is no off for the headlights, auto or on... and yes DRL are required in Canada after a certain year.
For the DRL i would have just run a bypass switch and just shut them off when hunting
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Re: How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

Postby SparkyJJO » Nov 07 2017, 4:49pm

Doing that to the sensor screws with the auto climate control though does it not? Apparently that sensor does more than just affect the headlights, from what I understand.
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Re: How To - Disable Auto Lights and DRL

Postby ricka182 » Nov 07 2017, 4:50pm

nealinator wrote:Oh. Well isn't that just a matter of rotating the headlight switch to not be on "Auto" for the headlights?


I don't have that option. My switch is spring loaded, so it always reverts back to Auto.

I did a similar mod by sticking a resistor in my ambient light sensor, but as you pointed out, that kills of dash lighting in low light, and also perimeter lighting. So I'll be removing that resistor and getting my ambient light sensor working again, then I have a different mod I read here, that shows how to simply remove the spring from the switch so I can turn it to off and have full manual control of my headlights.

I pulled my DRL fuse a long time ago, so no worries there.
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