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Install Daytime running lights on 01 slk320

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Hoping someone can help me on this. I am importing an 01 slk320 and will need to install DRL. Does anyone know how to do this and if it is something an amateur mechanic can do themselves or is it something only a dealer can do.

Thanks for any help.
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I'd install little LED's inside of the low beam assemblies that are powered on when the ignition is on. It would look nice and be really cheap. The last thing you want to do is power on all the exterior lights all the time, as it would burn out the bulbs faster.
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I'd install little LED's inside of the low beam assemblies that are powered on when the ignition is on. It would look nice and be really cheap. The last thing you want to do is power on all the exterior lights all the time, as it would burn out the bulbs faster.
Well, this is what we do, have all lights (low beams) on all the time, day and night, summer and winter (not in the garage ). My 221 is approaching 4 years and all together I've changed one bulb from a W210, two W211 cars, W204 and W212 that we've had in the family and that was a trunk light bulb on the second day on one of the 211s.

I've had a lot older models (read "much older and quite a few of them") and have certainly changed bulbs but those were the good time in our memories, it hardly happens any more, at least not frequently.

Within EU we now have new DLR rules that allow LEDs like mr.xpowerseller seems to refer to. According to the new rules, those are sufficient and rear lights or low beams are not needed any more. This would be an option, also as an after market approach if allowed in OP's country, is it Canada?

Is it not sufficient if you activate DLRs from the cluster menu or does the SLK not have that? Perhaps country specific version coding would activate permanent DLRs?
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Hey guys,

Hoping someone can help me on this. I am importing an 01 slk320 and will need to install DRL. Does anyone know how to do this and if it is something an amateur mechanic can do themselves or is it something only a dealer can do.

Thanks for any help.
Back in that era Mercedes' solution for Canada was a different light switch. At least is was for E-class.

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It is now mandatory that the DRL's be on whenever the vehicle is on so it looks like I may have to wire them that way.

Any suggestions on bulbs I should use? Links would be helpful...I am a visual learner! Also, where in the headlight assembly would be the best place to install these?

Thanks for the help
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It is now mandatory that the DRL's be on whenever the vehicle is on so it looks like I may have to wire them that way.

Any suggestions on bulbs I should use? Links would be helpful...I am a visual learner! Also, where in the headlight assembly would be the best place to install these?

Thanks for the help
I would check the Star coding options. I'm sure a modern car like this has the same physical switch in Canada and here in Europe, the car is just coded differently.
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I would check the Star coding options. I'm sure a modern car like this has the same physical switch in Canada and here in Europe, the car is just coded differently.
Sorry fpr my ignorance...what is the "Star coding option"? I love cars but am new to the MB world.

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Star (aka SDS) is the software that dealers have installed on the laptop they use to program our Mercedes and to check for diagnostic trouble codes. In other words, the dealer might be able to program/code yours and therefore enable the DRL feature. Also some independent shops have a Star.

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Got it, thanks...I will have to call the local dealer and see what they have to say.
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