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#21 OFFLINE   neod192

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:56 PM

I do have the running lights. :)

Maybe that's the answer to your low MPGs :-p 


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#22 OFFLINE   jcg1005

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:03 PM

Haha! Anything that takes power does, in theory, lower MPG! :)


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 06:59 PM

Having the ability to enable DRLs would be nice, can't understand Ford's reasoning for not enabling it. Any thing that makes the car safer and more visible is worth having in my opinion. On my previous GTI the DRLs were the HID headlamps they looked way cool.


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#24 OFFLINE   jcg1005

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 12:48 PM

Not to beat a dead horse, but in this thread, someone mentions a software update that would then allow DRL to be enabled. I just had my car at the dealer, and they could NOT do it as of yet.

 

Anyone have anything to add? Sure would like them enabled.


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 01:30 PM

I think I would like that too. At the absolute minimum I wish I could get the threshold that turns on the auto lights modified so they come on in "brighter" conditions than they do now.


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 01:57 PM

I think I would like that too. At the absolute minimum I wish I could get the threshold that turns on the auto lights modified so they come on in "brighter" conditions than they do now.


Yes that would be a really good compromise being able to set the threshold when the lights come on.

Regarding the DRL I think I read this on the BOF but it appears to be possible since a few people already did this. Not sure if the price some guys paid is worth it. According to some accounts it takes 5 minutes and the dealer charged at $60 for it.
You should be able to find the reference on BOF one guy also had contact information from his service advisor in there.
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Posted 28 June 2013 - 05:51 PM

Some paid nothing to have the DRLs activated. Depends if the dealers wants to put it under customer service.


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:43 PM

Some paid nothing to have the DRLs activated. Depends if the dealers wants to put it under customer service.


That's what I would expect and call good customer service.
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Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:53 PM

I took a sharpie to some invisible tape and placed it over the sensor.

I would rather have DRL.

 

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 04:00 PM

My dealer activated my DRLs last week when I took delivery of my 2013 FFH.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:41 PM

My dealer activated my DRLs last week when I took delivery of my 2013 FFH.

Do you know how they did this? 

 

I would expect it to be a setting only accessible via their computers, or maybe with something similar to the VW Vagcom system I had a GTi enthusiast use on my GTi  a few years back.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:46 PM

It's done at the dealer using their computer system. That is if they will admit to being able to do it. Some dealers just flat out lie and will tell you it can't be done. My dealer offered to activate them on my MKZh and my FFH for free and I respectfully declined.


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:14 PM

It would be interesting to know how much extra energy turning them on would consume.  Also, it would be great to find a service bulletin that explains how to turn them on so that those with reluctant dealers can show them how it is done.

 

Overall, if this is just a software change, it seems really stupid that Ford didn't make it a setting the driver could change.  Personally, I'd love  LED "eyebrow" DRLs


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:34 PM

Some company should make Taurus style fog lights inserts with one or two led fiber optic strips that you can replace the original inserts with.

I would buy those in a second.
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 10:20 PM

I'm heading to the Dealer on Wednesday and just talked this afternoon with my Service Writer about DRL's.

"Ahhhh, DRL's, are you sure, never heard of that one" says he.

"Of course, all the Forums folks are getting them turned on, the same time as getting the other computer updates" says I.

'Mmmmm, you Forum guys..., I'll have to check with the Tech's about that, are you sure about that?" he responds.

"You are the best Dealer in the country aren't you?", rejoins me.

He says "sure we are, we have to be able to do that if you say other dealers are doing it, see you Wednesday" he ends with.

I'm still smiling, we'll see what Wednesday brings.

 

I have the Fuel Module Recall, PCM calibration re-check, DRL's and the MFT updates scheduled.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 08:01 AM

It's done at the dealer using their computer system. That is if they will admit to being able to do it. Some dealers just flat out lie and will tell you it can't be done. My dealer offered to activate them on my MKZh and my FFH for free and I respectfully declined.

 

I want to figure out how to turn on the "signature" LEDs up front on the Z (without resorting to the parking lights switch).  I am on the waiting list for the 2013 Fusion/MKZ Hybrid Wiring Diagrams from Helms.  Why Ford refuses to light up the front of their cars is beyond me.  I have added the Ford DRL kit to my Sport Trac, and had an aftermarket DRL setup on my 2005 Mustang GT Convertible. 


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:26 AM

 

I want to figure out how to turn on the "signature" LEDs up front on the Z (without resorting to the parking lights switch).  I am on the waiting list for the 2013 Fusion/MKZ Hybrid Wiring Diagrams from Helms.  Why Ford refuses to light up the front of their cars is beyond me.  I have added the Ford DRL kit to my Sport Trac, and had an aftermarket DRL setup on my 2005 Mustang GT Convertible. 

 

The answer is posted in this thread.  Just have the dealer turn on the DRL function - it's all in the software.  The wiring diagram won't help you.

They could have done the same on your Sport Trac, the DRLs are just a software setting on that one as well.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:50 AM

I made an appointment for a variety of things for tomorrow, and another shot at DRL activation is on my list. 

 

It is going back for a check engine light issue that is some vacuum control valve sticking. (Can't remember the name). The test they run to cycle all those valves takes around 30 minutes, and they ran it twice to make sure last week. When I was chatting with the technician and the service manager about things, the service manager said "hey didn't we try DRL already once for you?". Yep. But, you know, the forums. :)  (Which gets a chuckle and an eye roll, all friendly). The tech chimed in and said "I can't believe we can't do it. I haven't tried a '13 Fusion yet, but there has to be a way". My reply "the other tech said the setting was grayed out or not there the first time. I can't remember which."   Tech's reply - "Yeah maybe, but there are like 5 software updates to our control computers A DAY, so it probably changed. If it is there, I'll find it for you."  He is also going to check and see if there is an adjustment to the auto-headlights. While I think they turn on earlier after the PCM update was done, I still wish it was earlier still.

 

My other issues to resolve are a MFT update that syncmyride.com says I need the dealer to do (I already did the 3.6.2 myself), and a hopeful flash of the software controlling the windows to resolve my random failure on auto-up. (Auto down works fine).

 

They have it for the whole afternoon, so my fingers are crossed that all of the punch list items get done.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:37 PM

 

The answer is posted in this thread.  Just have the dealer turn on the DRL function - it's all in the software.  The wiring diagram won't help you.

They could have done the same on your Sport Trac, the DRLs are just a software setting on that one as well.

 

The DRLs are only for the headlamps, from what I understand.  I want the LED strip that is located under each headlight, not the LED headlamps themselves, to be fully on during the day, as well as at night (normal op).  :)

 

There is no PCM like in the FFH and MKZ, in the Sport Trac, so no, it can't be programmed to turn on DRLs.  The DRLs on the 2002 require a physical switch on the headlamp switch, wiring, and the DRL module... none of which came on mine.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 07:47 PM

My Service Advisor just called and found out that the DRL's can be turned on.

The down side is that they want to charge me $50 to do it. 

No thank you.


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