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Headlights on when van started

PostPosted: September 15th 2010, 2:53am
by brickren
Hello. I would like to have the headlights only come on when I want them on. I have a 2000 Astro 2wd. Is there a simple way to change wiring so that lights are not always on? I installed these lights, http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... MEWNX%3AIT. They look great and the halo looks cool, but with lights on all the time, there is no chance to see them. I wired them up to turn signal lamp. Thank you for your help. Brian

Re: Headlights on when van started

PostPosted: September 15th 2010, 3:57am
by ihatemybike
That font makes my eyes hurt.

You could pull the DRL fuse.

Re: Headlights on when van started

PostPosted: September 15th 2010, 4:13am
by astroturf
brickren wrote:Hello. I would like to have the headlights only come on when I want them on. I have a 2000 Astro 2wd. Is there a simple way to change wiring so that lights are not always on? I installed these lights, http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... MEWNX%3AIT. They look great and the halo looks cool, but with lights on all the time, there is no chance to see them. I wired them up to turn signal lamp. Thank you for your help. Brian


Without a Pic... It didn't Happen.

Re: Headlights on when van started

PostPosted: September 15th 2010, 4:36am
by TheRealDaddy
brickren wrote:Hello. I would like to have the headlights only come on when I want them on. I have a 2000 Astro 2wd. Is there a simple way to change wiring so that lights are not always on? I installed these lights, http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... MEWNX%3AIT. They look great and the halo looks cool, but with lights on all the time, there is no chance to see them. I wired them up to turn signal lamp. Thank you for your help. Brian


Depressing your parking brake will cancel out your daytime running lights. This way you can see your cool lights when you are parked. If you depress the pedal one click only you can usually drive with the lights disabled. Be very careful however if you do this because it can warp drums if it causes friction. You might be able to add a manual switch to the barking brake wiring to achieve the same effect without depressing the brake however, I'm not entirely sure that this might not confuse the brake system anyway. Your van I'm sorry to say is just a little newer than I am used to dealing with.

If you are familiar with relays you might be able to wire in one between the headlamp power and the lights using the normally closed side of the relay. This way your headlamps would function normally unless you supplied power to the relay and then the lights would go out.

However you work it, realize that daytime running lights are a safety feature and it is not legal in most places to disable safety features. If you happen to drive past a cop who knows that you are supposed to have daytime running lights on your van he could pull you over and ticket you. (I actually know a guy that had it happen) I'm not saying this is very likely but it is something to think about.

Re: Headlights on when van started

PostPosted: September 15th 2010, 10:06pm
by rev_les
ihatemybike wrote:
You could pull the DRL fuse.

X2. It's the easiest way and everything still works normal otherwise.

Re: Headlights on when van started

PostPosted: September 16th 2010, 1:12am
by ShAgSTRO
pull that darn fuse. Whenever I needed a quick getaway in the tahoe, i would always press down on the e-brake pedal one click...my friends don't like riding with me anymore...