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Old 12-07-2012, 08:28 PM   #11
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Headlight function has normal operation regardless
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:56 PM   #12
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Oh and by the way there may be another simple suggestion .....
Dtrl fuse?
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:15 AM   #13
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I think there's probably a relay which controls DRL's. Certainly European are not full power headlights, they are more like 60% output, and there should be a relay to control this. Can't help with this specific vehicle, but I do know that it can be done because I had a relay fail on my bus - and it took a lot of hunting while out on the road to track a replacement down.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:45 AM   #14
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I was wrong about there being a law mandating Daytime Running Lamps in the US. See Daytime running lamp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It appears that Mercedes simply doesn't want to have to make different versions of the Sprinter for different markets, and Canada and Europe require some sort of DRL, so Mercedes took the quick and dirty approach for the Sprinter - turn on the headlamps all the time.
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I was wrong about there being a law mandating Daytime Running Lamps in the US. See Daytime running lamp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
So it would seem that they are not required in the US at present. Otherwise, they'd be on every car and truck sold here. The European thing is funny--my Jetta has them (and I hate them, because I'm replacing low beam bulbs way more often than in any other car I've ever owned,) but my wife's Range Rover doesn't have them. So it's not like all European companies are just putting them in everything. The Rover does have the cool "euroswitch" headlight control with the rear fog lights. That I do like--but I like having the option to turn them on and off. I wish VW would do that. I really hate having features in my car that I can't control...
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:23 PM   #16
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An easy solution without programing a computer or adding relays would be to mount a double pole, single throw paddle toggle switch in the dashboard, normal position would close the contact and allow the lights. Run two 2 conductor wires through and existing firewall penetration and seal any gaps caused. Run one each twin lead to the DRL lights and identify the + lead to the filament. Maybe disconnect the connector to check. Cut the lead on each side and use waterproof splices to route the power to the switch and back to the lamp. Seal up, support the leads and you'll have dash control of both lights together without fancy mods.
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