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Old 01-03-2012, 04:43 PM   #41
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DRLs ARE available on foci and most other fords.. I had the dealer turn my on at delivery. Ford's owner's manual says they work at 'reduced light' but to me they seem full power.
anyone w/ another opinion?
Same here. I have an SE hatch, and had mine turned on when I took delivery. They are not full power...I checked in my garage. When you turn the headlights on, they become brighter. I had a Fiesta, and the dealer turned them on for me on it, too. If the relay is present, they 'put it on the computer and just tell the car to activate them.' Here in NY, it can cut your insurance by as much as 15%.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:25 PM   #42
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I called the local dealership and they weren't sure but they could check however it would cost about $45
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:42 PM   #43
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This is insanity. I bought a 2012 Titanium in NJ in December. Knowing that it had to have DRLs in Canada, I went to the Ford dealer (Steve Baldo) in Niagara Falls, NY on the way home. Long story short - the car's computer (ECU) has the ability to have Daytime Running Lights. They took about a half hour to turn them on. When I took the car out of the dealership, the dash lights were on. It alarmed me at first, but then I noticed they had taken the lights out of Automatic and turned them on. As soon as I turned them back to Auto, everything was normal - DRLs on and dash lights off.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:29 PM   #44
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when I take delivery of my car in a couple months time (canadian car), I will hook up the IDS and verify whether or not I can turn my DRLs on and off.

My friends have imported vehicles to canada in the past, and with some of them, they installed small fog lights that work as DRLs. They passed inspection, and the fog lights mysteriously fell off while driving shortly after.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #45
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My question is - why wouldn't you want DRLs, especially in the winter? Aside from that, if you get caught without DRLs in Canada, you could end up with a not-so-mysterious ticket.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:12 PM   #46
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My question is - why wouldn't you want DRLs, especially in the winter? Aside from that, if you get caught without DRLs in Canada, you could end up with a not-so-mysterious ticket.
I drive to work in the wee hours of the dawn, and it's astonishing to me how many cars are on the road with no headlights on, not to mention that most of them are talking on cell phones!

As my car is grey, which I love, but which doesn't blend well with early morning or evening lighting. Having DRL's is really important to me, and makes way too much sense to be ignored. Wish all of the US required it, to save me from the idiots! Can't imagine why anyone would not want them!

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My question is - why wouldn't you want DRLs, especially in the winter? Aside from that, if you get caught without DRLs in Canada, you could end up with a not-so-mysterious ticket.
I didn't mean I'm going to see if I can turn mine off. I wrote what I did to bring some clarification as to whether they can be enabled for people who have theirs disabled. (cars from the US, etc.).

In the case of the mysteriously disappearing foglights, these were vehicles that didn't deserve to have aftermarket monkey-crap DRL modules installed. Instead, the drivers move their left hand 6 inches from the steering wheel and turn this crazy thing called a headlight switch to something they call an "on" position when driving.

I turn all my lights on when I drive at all times (even during the day).....a little habit I picked up from when I was longhaul trucking. Even if it wasn't a law in Canada I would still do so.

I found the worst State in the US for driving around with the lights off was North Dakota. Either they drive around with no lights or they drive around with highbeams. I just couldn't understand it.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:16 PM   #48
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No question of whether they can be enabled - my posting explains it can be done.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:21 AM   #49
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Are there any services shops out there that have a clue?

I've asked two different Ford service shops on the Eastside near Seattle (Ford of Kirkland and Ford of Bellevue) about enabling DRL on my '12 Titanium. Their responses have been similar to some of what others have reported. Ford of Kirkland had hooked up their tool to the OBD port and they weren't able to find any kind of toggle which would enable the DRL on my Focus. The service rep told me that they had tried but weren't able to do it. He said that they would put in a request to Ford and ask for any guidance or instructions on about this. This was about 2 weeks ago and today I went back to follow up, and was told that they "might" know more about it when I come back for my next oil change. That's several months away! I also went over to Ford of Bellevue and asked somebody about DRL on the '12 Focus, and he echoed the guy over at the other shop for the most part.

I still have a few unanswered questions about what's going on exactly. I know that in order for DRL to even work, there has to be a particular module which would have to be installed before it can be toggled on via software. A question I have would be what exactly is this module, and is there a part number associated with it? There's another generic question that I have, and that's why are so many Ford service centers clueless about the workings of DRL in the '12 Focus? I know that it's a fleet option which is enabled at the factory, but these service shops which most definitely work on fleet vehicles still are befuddled about this. It's weird.

Anyways to wrap this up, here's my question to y'all out there - are there ANY Ford service centers in the Seattle area who not only have the knowledge necessary to enable DRL on a '12 Focus, but have in fact done it on one? It's not that big of a deal for me really - the MFT issues are much more important to me than having DRL on my car, but I like the idea of making use of it.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:27 AM   #50
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When I was building the ranger truck, the Canadian trucks would get that module you talk about. I would bolt it to the GOR, which is near the radiator support. It was silver with cooling fins on it. So I don't know if you can just turn this option on and off? But maybe that has all changed.
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