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Old 08-10-2011, 08:13 AM   #1
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Was wondering if anyone knows how to rewire DRL's to turn on fogs instead of the low beams? I've tried the dealer and they said they have no idea how to do this.

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You would have to know the wiring. If you can find out what wires control drl's I would think you could probably re-route them to the fogs. Unless there is a voltage difference but it should all be 12v. Maybe someone at the dealer can get you the wiring schematics. Hope this helps
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That's BS from the dealership. They should know how to do that. I'm pretty sure that your local Canadian Tire could get the wiring diagram and do it for you.
Go to a different dealership and ask the same question, and see what response you get.
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Was wondering if anyone knows how to rewire DRL's turn on fogs instead of the low beams? I've tried the dealer and they said they have no idea how to do this.

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I doubt this can be solved by wiring. Remember the lights are all controlled by a module that can be re-programmed. I did exactly this with my Jetta. I used the VAG-COM and had to switch a bit in one of the control modules. My DRL's then went from my low beams to my fogs.

If you can find a willing tech at a Ford dealer; maybe they can search the modules and change the coding?
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:59 PM   #5
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I doubt this can be solved by wiring. Remember the lights are all controlled by a module that can be re-programmed. I did exactly this with my Jetta. I used the VAG-COM and had to switch a bit in one of the control modules. My DRL's then went from my low beams to my fogs.

If you can find a willing tech at a Ford dealer; maybe they can search the modules and change the coding?
Does Ford have an equilvalent of "VAG-COM"? My dad has the CC so I got a friend at a VW dealership to add a bunch of Euro spec features, I don't know if Ford has a specific device that would allow you to make those kind of changes on the fly.
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Search on net for web electric for their DRL module $39.95 shipped and keeps all functions operational. Next have DRL on headlights disabled by dealer or relay and fuse removal. Fiesta forum has lots of info for 2011 fiesta on this. Finally order replacement high power H-11's LED bulbs to replace regular H-11's as heat of regular bulbs will distort Fog Light housing and the LED's only use 5 watts instead of 55 watts per side. You can also get H-11's LED's in yellow which should make them really visible.

Now that you have done this you could install HID's in low beam without worrying about reduced voltage from factory DRL's.

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Does Ford have an equilvalent of "VAG-COM"? My dad has the CC so I got a friend at a VW dealership to add a bunch of Euro spec features, I don't know if Ford has a specific device that would allow you to make those kind of changes on the fly.
Ford does not have that kind of programming on their cars. VAG has many platforms and they're all global so it's in their interests to make the programming as generic and universal as possible, thus why you get all these crazy tweaks you can do on VWs, Audis, etc. Ford on the other hand creates cars mostly for continental areas with little flexibility. Though this is going more and more the other way.
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I doubt this can be solved by wiring. Remember the lights are all controlled by a module that can be re-programmed. I did exactly this with my Jetta. I used the VAG-COM and had to switch a bit in one of the control modules. My DRL's then went from my low beams to my fogs.

If you can find a willing tech at a Ford dealer; maybe they can search the modules and change the coding?
Actually, the module just controls if you actually get DRL's or not. As in the US module does not get DRL, and the Canadian one does get DRL.

The matter is just which lights you send that power too. That you should be able to do with wiring, although I'm not really sure to be honest.
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Actually, the module just controls if you actually get DRL's or not. As in the US module does not get DRL, and the Canadian one does get DRL.

The matter is just which lights you send that power too. That you should be able to do with wiring, although I'm not really sure to be honest.
Splicing and switching the wiring is the old way of doing things. Our cars computers are advanced enough that they could just send the power there. I'm sure there is a way of doing it. We really need to get some Ford service techs on here...
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Thanks for the replies. My car is only a couple weeks old and I'm too chicken to play with the lighting. My dealer wont do it for me either because they're too chicken to do it also.... Because the vehicle is so new and I live in a city with a total of 8 2012 Focus', they have no experience tampering with the vehicle... They cant even install my remote start! I live in the Yukon btw lol
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