daytime running lights

daytime running lights

Postby esteebs [OP] » September 10th 2009, 5:07am

1999 astro..... recently the DRL went out. checked the fuse...OK checked the lamps themselves...OK looked at the electrical schematic which shows a DRL relay. where is this animal? oh yeah i made sure the ebrake was fully disengaged.... one click will shut off the lights... if you did not know this. a little help please with the relay location and anything else to get them back on please. i really like the feature of not having to remember to turn on the lights everytie i get in the van. i run a small business and i do lots of two lane driving which is much safer with the lights on.


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Re: daytime running lights

Postby rev_les » September 20th 2009, 3:45pm

my DRL quit working several years ago, and just yesterday while I was checking the transmission fluid, decided to make an appearance,it surprised me,since they haven't come on in years and my headlights are are on a separate relay.I engaged the e-brake and sure enough they went off, so now I'll be looking to maybe get them going again as well, and it's a 99 too, I'll keep you posted with what I find.I think the DRL module is under the dash, but I'll look in the FSM and see.
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Re: daytime running lights

Postby d0n » November 7th 2009, 2:19pm

Did you push the override button 4 times in a row by mistake? My 2000 safari will "dong" after doing that and the DRL will be off permanently.

I don't understand why there's even a head light switch with the DRL system? It's redundant.
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Re: daytime running lights

Postby Jasen » November 8th 2009, 12:55am

d0n wrote:Did you push the override button 4 times in a row by mistake? My 2000 safari will "dong" after doing that and the DRL will be off permanently.

I don't understand why there's even a head light switch with the DRL system? It's redundant.



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Re: daytime running lights

Postby Leeann_93 » November 8th 2009, 2:17am

Jasen wrote:Was driving around downtown one night, didn't turn that pesky tail/marker light switch and got pulled over.



I passed an idiot in a Chevy Express van one night on I-95, in a snowstorm, going slow in the right lane with only his DRLs on. You could see the guy hunched over the wheel when we passed him. I still wonder if he ever figured why he couldn't see very well or if a cop stopped him.
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Re: daytime running lights

Postby Jasen » November 8th 2009, 2:23am

Leeann_93 wrote:
Jasen wrote:Was driving around downtown one night, didn't turn that pesky tail/marker light switch and got pulled over.



I passed an idiot in a Chevy Express van one night on I-95, in a snowstorm, going slow in the right lane with only his DRLs on. You could see the guy hunched over the wheel when we passed him. I still wonder if he ever figured why he couldn't see very well or if a cop stopped him.



That makes me think of something I may not have noticed. I've got the ice cube lights, which are my DRL's. Are the composite lights different.
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Re: daytime running lights

Postby Girtski » November 14th 2009, 3:51am

Didja ever find out where the DRL relay is? Or does anybody know if there's a DRL module somewhere?
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Re: daytime running lights

Postby Vinnie6 » November 14th 2009, 5:36am

On my 2002 the DRL relay is in the left side of the van, behind the driver seat. I can't be more specific because the dealer replaced it, not me. Good luck.
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Re: daytime running lights

Postby Vinnie6 » November 14th 2009, 5:37am

On my 2002 the DRL relay is in the left side of the van, behind the driver seat. I can't be more specific because the dealer replaced it, not me. Good luck.
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Re: daytime running lights

Postby Outlaw50 » November 14th 2009, 12:59pm

d0n wrote:Did you push the override button 4 times in a row by mistake? My 2000 safari will "dong" after doing that and the DRL will be off permanently.

I don't understand why there's even a head light switch with the DRL system? It's redundant.


Does this work with all model years of Astros with DRLs?
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Re: daytime running lights

Postby 91astroluv » November 14th 2009, 4:11pm

Don't know if this helps, yes I know there is a difference between my 90 and the third gen'sbut:

I thought i would add this My headlight switch is disabled because it was a municipality (town) van.
It has a solenoid so it has permenant daytime running lights (1990 didn't have this option).

Subsequently I installed a pull switch so I could shut them off. Why?

Well, I noticed there were many a stro in th J Yard burnt up from the headlight switch and thought hmmm....
Maybe this is one of those rare things where city gov does somethin right! Maybe the voltage load burns up the switches?

Wasn't gonna chance it and hook up the light switch. Maybe you guys can add a solenoid for the headlight control and switch if you want.

If the box thingamagiger you are lookin for is fantom wire it direct to the fuse power and install a fuse. hmm? maybe?
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