Daytime Running Lights

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by chalituna, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. chalituna

    chalituna Member

    So I had an impression that the FiST comes with DRL as it is advertised on every single dealership ads, but it seems that it doesn't. Even on the owner's manual state that "if equipped" and it doesn't seem like it is an option on NA model Fiesta's.

    I know that 2011 NA Fiesta owners had the same issue and was able to get it 'activated' at the dealership but I can't seem to find any info on 2014+ Fiesta models.

    Anyone know any info on this?
     
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  3. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    I think I read somewhere on Fiesta Faction that the '14s can't be activated because they don't come with the module unless they are Canadian. Or something like that anyway.
     
  4. LuvfiestaST

    LuvfiestaST Active Member

    I have DRL's.. It's a must in Canada
     
  5. chalituna

    chalituna Member

    does canada have different headlights than us models?
     
  6. LuvfiestaST

    LuvfiestaST Active Member

    We have daytime running lights on ours and of course the price tag
     
  7. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Headlights are the same they just have the DRL module and its turned on in the ECU or where ever it needs to be.. This was a big thing with the Challenger (dodge) crowd having the brinker lights turned on as DRL rather than turn a switch to put on all parking lamps ..
     
  8. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    Daytime running lamps just turns on the low beam headlights with the module installed and turned on.
     
  9. Blinkrz

    Blinkrz Member

    I like to drive with the fog lights on during the day, that acts as my DRL and looks nice, meanwhile the turnsignals in the headlamp stay a solid amber while driving. Looks good, IMO.
     
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  10. mysticfac3

    mysticfac3 Member

    Canadian drl are the low beam at not quite full intensity and are engaged with e-brake and car running and light off, auto(off) and the first position(side markers and rear(and fog if you wish))

    Unlike my 04 sentra when the car is running and remove ebrake and reengage ebrake the drl DO go off in the fist
     
  11. chalituna

    chalituna Member

    the reason i'm asking this question is.. I want to get the European headlight with the LED DRL built in. I wonder how it's gonna work if installed on the NA cars
     
  12. mysticfac3

    mysticfac3 Member

    If only eu light were available with black housing I would go for it
     
  13. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    Probably gonna have to do your own wiring for that one. Assuming you can even bolt the EU headlight up.
     
  14. chalituna

    chalituna Member

    You can always bake it and paint the inside.
     
  15. mysticfac3

    mysticfac3 Member

    Not going there
     
  16. LuvfiestaST

    LuvfiestaST Active Member

    Is there a way to disengage the DRL? I prefer the fogs for DRL's
     
  17. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    I have done the research on this.

    The US spec '14 Fiestas no longer have DRLs or they will NOT be programmed to work.
    This is because they are being discontinued and phased out by Ford.
    Most states are now making them illegal on new manufacturing due to safety issues.
    They can be continued IF the tail lights are on as well.
    Cars prior to '14 are not effected if they came from the manufacture installed and programmed to work.
    Ford dealers have been told NOT to program them to work.

    Canadian spec cars ARE still required to have them.
    But I am sure they will change as well.

    I HAVE wired my fog lights to turn on wherever the engine is running.

    You all know this:
    It is not illegal to drive with any lights on during daylight hours.
    It IS illegal to drive in hours of darkness without headlights and tail lights.
    It is also illegal to drive with just fog lights in hours of darkness.



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  18. scooby2

    scooby2 New Member

    Dave,
    Can you provide details on how to wire the fog lights to always come on when the engine is running?

    Thanks,
    Scooby
     
  19. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    It is actually very easy.

    Just buy a Ford relay just like the current fog light relay.
    You can use terminal connectors but it fits better if you just solder wires to the inside of the relay.
    This way everything fits in the relay/fuse block next to the battery.
    Remove the relay's plastic cover, it just pops off.
    Connect wires to terminals #1, #2, #3, & #5.
    If you connect to the inside of this relay you can drill a hole in the plastic top and run the wires out the top.
    This will allow you to place the relay into an unused socket with no connections.
    The relay will just sit there and the box cover will keep it from jumping out.

    On the new relay, connect terminal #1 to a hot when running fuse.
    Connect terminal #2 to #5 and connect these to ground.
    Connect terminal #3 to terminal #2 of the car's fog light relay.

    The new relay will energize when the ignition is on.
    It in turn will energize the fog light relay.
    If you ever need to disable this, just disconnect the power wire, to terminal #1 on the new relay.
    The fog light switch will continue to function normally.


    That will do it.


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    Dave
     
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  20. chalituna

    chalituna Member

    This is good info. I may need to use this method once I get my hands on those led drl headlight
     
  21. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Good luck.
    It has not yet been proven that the Euro headlight assemblies will fit/connect to our cars.


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    Dave
     

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