Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 2000 W163 ML430 1997 E39 BMW 528i
Location: HOT! HOT! ARIZONA
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Canadian ML Daytime Running Lights Conversion
On US spec ML's, relay #k22 (blue colored relay), is not truly a relay. It is just a jumper. I know because I opened it. On the relay layout, an asterisk is is next to the description that says,"Norway, Sweden and Canada".
What would happen if I replaced this with a true relay? Also, do you guys have an 'eye' on the dashboard or rearview mirror for your ML so the vehicle can determine if it is already dark so the headlight can turn on? Is the headlamp switch any different on your Canadian models?
What do I need to convert my ML to have Daytime Running Lights? Help?
Besides an insurance discount, I am all for Daytime Lights; for safety.
I went to my Stealership recently and tried them to activate the DTRL's: The service advisor said they could not do it 'Canadian' because it will change my emissions to Canadian Specs also...I thought BS! I sneaked over to the service bay and tried to talk to the Technician. He was cool and changed me over Canadian headlights through the Star Diagnosis. I came home and installed relays in k5, k9, k13 AND k22. I inserted the key in the ignition to start the car up. 2 seconds later the DTRL's are ON!!! I will call my agent tomorrow and get me my discount.
By the way, I got the 4 small relays and the 1 big relay from a junkyard out of a '97 Mitsubishi Galant. I paid a total of $5.00 for them instead of $27.50 each at the Stealership.
The Tech is now a drinking buddy and he showed me how to disable the ETC on some of the MB vehicles. Let me know if you want me to correctly show you how.
Now that I have an insider, maybe I can upgrade to a KLEEMAN sytem for my ML using his employee discount...
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 Azure Blue
1997 BMW 528i Canyon Red
Last edited by cal45fan; 11-21-2006 at 08:14 PM.