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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 09-09-2009, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Sticky: Extend headlight life by pulling the DRL2 fuse

This info is from a post by member tm59.

Problem: The Acadia headlights are hard to get to when they burn out. The daytime running lights (DRL) function turns on the headlights when the motor is running, and this cuts down on bulb life. You can manually turn them off, but you have to do so everytime you drive the vehicle.

Solution: Pull the DRL2 fuse.

Here are two posts from tm59:
I changed my low beams to Xenon Depot 4300k HID and so as not to run them all the time and shorten the bulb life... I pulled the DRL2 fuse (DRL = daytime running lights). I now have fully automatic headlights, but no DRL's. To avoid having them turn on when I pull in the garage I just turn the switch to off momentarily and "automatic headlight control off" runs through the DIC. Works ok for me...

Where is the fuse?
Under the dash on passenger side, to the right of glove box. A little hard to get to, but the manual has the diagram of fuses. There are two fuses DRL1 and DRL2. I just happened to start with DRL2 and since everything else worked fine after pulling that fuse... I stopped right there.

Thanks tm59 for this info.

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Re: Sticky: Extend headlight life by pulling the DRL2 fuse

Can anyone comment to any adverse/unwanted affects? I agree DRL's look ridicoulous when it is sunny outside. when cloudy, it isn't too bad. I think the only benefit is for my underground garage, where the DRL's would already be on, but if the Auto lights sense darkness, I would think it's not the DRL's that are lighting the way, but instead the AUTO Lights. I will try this today. Thanks for the tip!!
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Re: Sticky: Extend headlight life by pulling the DRL2 fuse

I was pinged on the above reply, so I thought I'd link my manual headlight switch post here so it is more visible.

It's a good bit of work, but we really like it. OK, Mrs. B. could care less , but I really like it.

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Re: Sticky: Extend headlight life by pulling the DRL2 fuse

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Re: Sticky: Extend headlight life by pulling the DRL2 fuse

I may be in the minority here, but I'm a believer in DRLs. There are so many inattentive drivers on the road that I'm in favor of any safety feature that makes it more likely to be seen. I'm bummed that my new Nissan Murano doesn't have DRLs. I've only had the vehicle 2 months, and already 3 times people have pulled out in front of me like I wasn't even there - clearly they didn't see me. Should they have seen me if they were paying attention? Heck yes - all three times were in daylight conditions. I'm pretty sure I didn't have the optional Klingon cloaking device deployed so of course they should have spotted me. I realize that some people are so inattentive that not even with DRLs would they have seen me, but I'd be willing to bet that 2 out of the 3 would have. My other 3 vehicles all have DRLs and I'm thinking of retrofitting them on the Murano.

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Re: Sticky: Extend headlight life by pulling the DRL2 fuse

I could be mistaken, but i think DRLs are mandatory here in Canada.

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Re: Sticky: Extend headlight life by pulling the DRL2 fuse

If you want to see how difficult it is to remove the bulb, please see my videos of this procedure:


http://www.acadiaforum.net/forum/index.php?topic=8457.0

Thank you, Blue_2009 for starting this thread. I live in Canada and hope I don't get stopped from disabling my DRL's.

Anyone in Canada have experience doing this mod? Anyone get stopped for not having DRL's?


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This info is from a post by member tm59.

Problem: The Acadia headlights are hard to get to when they burn out. The daytime running lights (DRL) function turns on the headlights when the motor is running, and this cuts down on bulb life. You can manually turn them off, but you have to do so everytime you drive the vehicle.

Solution: Pull the DRL2 fuse.

Here are two posts from tm59:
I changed my low beams to Xenon Depot 4300k HID and so as not to run them all the time and shorten the bulb life... I pulled the DRL2 fuse (DRL = daytime running lights). I now have fully automatic headlights, but no DRL's. To avoid having them turn on when I pull in the garage I just turn the switch to off momentarily and "automatic headlight control off" runs through the DIC. Works ok for me...

Where is the fuse?
Under the dash on passenger side, to the right of glove box. A little hard to get to, but the manual has the diagram of fuses. There are two fuses DRL1 and DRL2. I just happened to start with DRL2 and since everything else worked fine after pulling that fuse... I stopped right there.

Thanks tm59 for this info.
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Re: Sticky: Extend headlight life by pulling the DRL2 fuse

I elect to have our daytime lights on all the time. Expense to replace vs probable additional family safety assurance. Same with othe car which I have to manually switch on.

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Re: Sticky: Extend headlight life by pulling the DRL2 fuse

I agree; safety was one of the main reasons for the purchase.

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Re: Sticky: Extend headlight life by pulling the DRL2 fuse

I don't know if this is an option but we just got here in disneyland and i noticed my drl is off, so i thought it was not on auto but my auto lights where on, so i flipped the switched and dic said i just turned it off. Has anyone experience this or does it turn off the head lights on sunny day?

Note: I installed xenondepot 4300k volt kit.
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