Daytime Running Lights
Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:27 PM
Well i've got a new s max with drl's and have seen others that have them on at the same time as their headlights
Just wanted to know how to do this as it looks really good but mine doesn't do it and there is nothing about it in the manual and my local dealer doesn't know anything about it???? Any help or advice will be gratefully received
Posted 26 January 2011 - 03:29 PM
Posted 26 January 2011 - 03:37 PM
Posted 26 January 2011 - 04:25 PM
Posted 27 January 2011 - 08:35 PM
Posted 28 January 2011 - 08:42 AM
You have your headlamps on at night - you're perfectly visible to everyone else. You don't need the DRLs on as well.
Posted 25 November 2011 - 03:43 AM
I have the same issue with my S-Max but every other one I see on the road has the DRL's on at night and I've been looking into why. I have found out that the first production run of s-max's were wired for the DRL's to go off when the lights are turned on. After that however, it was changed so that they remained on. This is because of some issue that I'm still in the process of finding out what it was.
I believe to rectify this would mean you would need to change or replace the loom and I'm in the process of finding out how it can be done and how much it would cost.
If like me you want them on at night purely because it looks far nicer and you don't care what other people think you should do, then I hope to have more news shortly.
Posted 25 November 2011 - 08:49 AM
As taken from the Department for Transport's legislation on DRLs:
"DRL should be installed such that they activate automatically when the engine starts and switch off when headlamps are turned on. If this is not the case then you must ensure that you manually turn DRL off at night as they will cause dazzle and discomfort to others if used in low ambient lighting conditions."
The clue is in the title DAYLIGHT running lights (not NIGHTTIME running lights).
Your request to "look far nicer" at night is at the risk of other road users. Don't do it.
I presume you would "care what other people think" when they hit you head on because they were blinded by your lights - especially when your insurance company refuses to pay up because you had illegal lights on your car...
Posted 02 December 2011 - 09:49 PM
Posted 04 December 2011 - 08:44 PM
Well someone should tell Ford as they are in breach of the Department for Transport directive! I have just bought an S Max titanium 2.0dci 162. Registered 31st March 2011. My drl's stay on at night in conjunction with the headlights, they are a lot dimmer when on with headlights as opposed to during the day when they are a lot brighter. You cant turn them off as far as I know! I agree, they look very smart at night and are in no way, shape of form a danger to other road users.
Yes I have the same on an S-Max bought in September
The bit I dont like about the DRL's is..... I was expecting the rear lights to come on as well but they dont Thought this would be a good idea to deter the drivers who end up driving on my boot lid! Decided now to fit some bright reflective tape that might help..... short of that possibly a gravel gun!
Posted 27 December 2011 - 03:13 AM
Posted 28 January 2012 - 01:21 AM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:49 PM
Can you tell me if there is a solution to your problem?
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