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I need to disable the DRL's for survelance purposes. There are many times I need to be "dark".

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What does DRL mean

Hi! DRL means "Daytime Running Lamp". It is the lighting that you can find on the front of your car. It is automatically switched on when your car is moving forward, emitting 'white', 'yellow', or 'amber light' color.

Purpose of DRL: It is used to increase the visibility of the car on daylight conditions. (Because as we know when the surrounding is too bright or too dark for us, we can't seem to visibly see the car towards us, this can cause collision.) DRL was implemented to improve our safety on the road.


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Where is my relay and fuse location at for the day time running lights on a 1997 oldsmobile aurora

There is not a separate fuse nor is there a relay ,A LCM - lamp control module controls the DRL .
the lamp control module (LCM) supplies battery positive voltage (B+) through the DRL resistor to the low beam headlamps. The voltage drop across the DRL resistor causes the low beam headlamps to light at a reduced intensity. The DRL are disabled if the high beam headlamps are on or if the gear selector is placed in the PARK position. When the ambient light sensor indicates darkness, the low beams automatically switch to regular intensity.

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Under the left side of the IP, to the left of the steering column

Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) Resistor
To the left of the engine compartment, near the underhood fuse block

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To begin with I did not do the work myself, a trained mechanic did. I asked the question because he has not been able to fix problem,

DRL has nothing to do with the truck shutting off. On some years there is a separate fuse labeled for DRL. In later years the software can be changed disabling the drl, however you may not find anyone willing to do so due to liability concerns with deactivating a safety feature. Sounds like you need to find a better who can diagnose the issue rather than throw random parts at it while hoping for the best.

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Where is the DRL relay located?

There is no DRL relay , has a lamp control module .
The daytime running lamps (DRL) activate under the following conditions:
The ignition switch is in the RUN position.

The ambient light sensor indicates daylight.

The vehicle is not in the PARK position.

When the above conditions are met, the lamp control module (LCM) supplies battery positive voltage (B+) to the low beam headlamps through CKT 589 (GRY), the DRL resistor, and CKT 12 (TAN). The DRL resistor reduces the voltage supplied by the LCM. The low beam headlamps light at a reduced intensity. The DRL disable if the vehicle is placed in the PARK position. When the ambient light sensor indicates darkness, the low beam headlamps automatically switch from a reduced intensity to a regular intensity.
Lamp Control Module (LCM)
In the center of the IP, below the center heater outlets

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The lights on my Jeep are not turning on automatically anymore ,what could be the cause of that

is this the dark sensor failing?
or the DRL features failing?
we cant know that,?
on one usa car is a dark photos cell filty. clean it.
on one Canada car with DRL , its issues with that.
DRL is manditory in some countries. Daylight Running Lights.
got DRL? and is always the first question.

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Drl module location for a 2000 gmc sierra, I have head lights and they are on all the time no drl at all

the DRL module is located under dash near column steering it's a little black box

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My question is how can i disable the DRL on a 2012 BMW 1 Series 118i

Actually, the daytime running lights and, every other electrical component in your vehicle run on the alternator when the car is running. The primary purpose of your battery is to start your car and retain memory of the various computers. After you start your vehicle, power is generated by the alternator (vehicle generator) which charges the battery for the next startup and provides power for everything in the vehicle.
In any case, there should be a fuse for the daytime running lights. Pull the fuse and move on.

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I tried to disable DRL but when i did my low beams dont work, any ideas?

You are wasting your time. This system is automatically controlled by the Daytome Running Lamp module. The system requires the daytime running lamp relay to work in order for the low beam headlamps to work. Any attemps to "disable" the daytime running lamps will also disable the low beam headlamps. I think what you are having problems understanding is that your headlamp switch does not actually turn the lights on. The switch only provides power so the DRL module can doesn't send power directly to the lamps. The power to the lamps is provided by the relay, which is operated by the DRL module. Unless you want to completely "re-engineer" the ENTIRE headlamp system, you are not going to get it to work the way you are wanting it to.

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I need to disable DRL in Ford Explorer 2006

Go underneath the hood and find the DRL module in the Fuse Box and just pull it out.

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