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Do Your Daytime Running Lights Turn Off When Signalling?

 
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Old 10 Jun 2018, 10:15 am
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Default Do Your Daytime Running Lights Turn Off When Signalling?

I recently bought a Canadian 06 PT, with High Beam DRL's, as all Canadian cars do by law, and noticed an odd thing. When signalling, or the hazards are on, the DRL's go out. At first I though this was another symptom of my ongoing electrical issues, but eventually discovered that this is actually by design. So here is a link to the information for those other Canadians, and rare American PT's that apparently have them. Very hard to notice at first since the Parking brake has to be off, and the car has to be in gear before these DRL's come on.
Hopefully this post saves someone the same aggravation.
https://jalopnik.com/heres-why-moder...hen-1792394567
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Old 10 Jun 2018, 10:40 am
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I hate that look on newer vehicles, where one light goes out just to have another come on, it just looks odd.

I recently saw a vehicle, didn't notice what it was, but it had white LED strips as the DRL at the bottom of the headlights, then when the turn signal was activated, an amber LED strip at the top of the headlight came on to signal the turn, but both white LED strips at the bottom of the lights were still on. Now that looked great and normal.

But driving around, see if you notice how many Chevy and GMC vehicles, particularly trucks, that have one of the DRL out, they are everywhere.

I read somewhere where the vehicles have a different controller for each DRL and apparently are prone to failure. Seems like a lousy design to me.
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Yes, my 2010 does that, as stupid as it is. I don't know if 1st gens have the headlights come on during the day, my 04 does not. However, all 2nd gens seem to and the side with the blinker on always turns off the head lamp.
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I hate that look on newer vehicles, where one light goes out just to have another come on, it just looks odd.

I recently saw a vehicle, didn't notice what it was, but it had white LED strips as the DRL at the bottom of the headlights, then when the turn signal was activated, an amber LED strip at the top of the headlight came on to signal the turn, but both white LED strips at the bottom of the lights were still on. Now that looked great and normal.

But driving around, see if you notice how many Chevy and GMC vehicles, particularly trucks, that have one of the DRL out, they are everywhere.

I read somewhere where the vehicles have a different controller for each DRL and apparently are prone to failure. Seems like a lousy design to me.
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Yes, my 2010 does that, as stupid as it is. I don't know if 1st gens have the headlights come on during the day, my 04 does not. However, all 2nd gens seem to and the side with the blinker on always turns off the head lamp.
Now that I understand the reason for the DRLs to go out when signalling it kinda makes sense, but still looks odd when you see it.
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Old 11 Jun 2018, 08:52 am
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The new 2016 and newer Dodge Chargers do this too. You get these really cool LED running lights and then one goes out when you hit the blinker.

I believe a "Tazer" module can correct this on the new Chargers. But I believe it takes a wiring mod on the PT. None of my PT's have had the DRL's.
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I probably should not have said all 2nd gens do this, Chrysler after all, but I've only seen it on 2nd gens. Not that I really have paid attention to it but now that I think about it I've probably seen 2nd gens that don't have the DRLs. Maybe it is only the last couple of years, the '09's and '10's.

This is from the '10 owner's manual:

NOTE: The Daytime Running Lights will turn off automatically when a turn signal is in operation and turn on again when the turn signal is not operating.
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I have seen some Gen2's in my area with DRL, but I don't know what years they were.

I read a post somewhere where someone mentions that all PT's have DRL, they just need to be activated by a dealership.

I don't know that I would like the look of one bulb going out when you use the turn signal.

For DRL on my PT I turn on the driving lights and parking lights:



I've been doing this for so long now that it's automatic for me to turn them on whenever I enter my PT. Works for me and I like the look of the white and amber lights.
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Canadian Cruiser here! With standard federally mandated daytime running lights, the when the turn signal is on the light does turn off.

2006 PT, Im not sure about first gen, but I am working on my grandpas 1st gen tomorrow and can check it out if you want
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I haven't noticed any PT Cruisers with that around here, but I HAVE noticed a lot of newer vehicles that happens with. Both Mopar and GM products. I don't recall any Fords doing that, but then again, I'm NOT a Ford or GM fan. I just noticed the GM products because there's so many of them here.
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