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Can you bypass the handbrake switch so it show as off even when engaged

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What year, what country? cars vary by that. greatly.
why on earth do that, ask a real question./
i want to do x , because some net bunny told me z?
most cars here will go quite nuts doing that.
on all my cars it will set brake failure and set off alarms , lamps and DTCs/
now let me guess. you have DRL and dont like it
well i can answer that, easy
but you need to answer all questions.
starting with country and year car.

some will post to drive with Ebrake set 1 at click
dont listen to them. this fracks sup the brake self adjusters on most cars.

case in point, my car has DRL, in usa, and the same car
in canada same year to, has DRL too and both use a different
DRL module.. see?

DRL = Daylight Running Lamps.

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