That is one thing I feel should be federally mandated, like Canada does with DRL's. I'm happy my fleet Taurus has them, insurance companies sometimes give discounts for having DRL's (mine does). My next car will also have DRL's. The '10 Taurus dosen't come with DRL's, and the '11 Fiesta SE I drove did? wtf?I attempted to order my 2010 Taurus Limited with the option of these daytime running lamps for $50 even that this option was for Fleet Orders only. Sure enough they would not accept it. I then asked the Service Department to call Ford and see if they could add this feature. No was the answer. I then asked if a technician could wire then. Was informed that it could cost $200 or more to figure it our. Since I have added this feature to all my cars myself in the past I ordered the factory wiring diagrams for this car and started on it today. First off I know what needs to be done but WOW very little room to access the wiring in this big car. Now not sure I want to attempt this! Wiring diagrams show the Factory installed lamps use TWO daytime running lamp relays (both empty in battery junction box w/no wiring).
The answer is they can not be "Turned-On" or "Flashed" but may be wired to be on using one of the universal kits, but does not look at all that simple of a project at this time with no kit available from Ford.
I just looked at the workshop manual and it does have the ability to be turned on or off. I do not know what the dealer would charge for this but I would guess around 1/2 to 1 hour for the hooking up of the scan tool. (IDS)There is a section for programable premiters(spelling) in the IDS for the 08-09 Taurus/Sable to turn them on and off. I will have to check on the 2010 next time I have one here at the Training Center.
I think it is kind of like the third hi-mount brake light. It made a big difference when it was first introduced, but as people got used to seeing it they didn't notice it as much and it became less effective.I'd like to see one shred of proof that DRL make the car any safer? We have had them how long? Seriously, in Canada are the number of head on collisions in normal or adverse weather and different between vehicles that do or do not have DRLs?
I'll tell you one thing though, DRL's help alot when some idiot doesn't know how to use the headlight switch and just drives around with parking lights or no lights at all during dusk or nighttime.
Just pulled Fuse #21 under the dash. This disables the DRL's...Iirc, you can pull the fuse or unplug the module?