Hi. I imported a Sprinter 2500 (no fog lights) from the USA into Canada.
It needs to have DRLs in order to pass the federal and provincial inspections.
Does anyone have experience adding a DRL module to their 02 Sprinter?
Cdn Tire has a DRL module that would turn on both low beams and park lights (but will not work if headlight switch is negatively grounded or ground side switched (GSS) from factory - anyone know?).
DRL Kits - Automotive Products - Hamsar Diversco Inc.,
Another two are made by Grote.com:
Grote Industries: Product #44040 - DRL Module
Turns on only low beams at full power
Grote Industries: Product #44060 - DRL Module
Or HD unit with low beams at reduced power.
and off when parking brake engaged.
The dealer checked and the 02 does not have anything in the computer nor the wiring for any DRL capability from the factory (as it was a US-only model).
The tech also suggested one DRL module per side as the Sprinter has the low beams, high beams, and park lights on separate circuits for each side. Other people have suggested that only one module is needed (as most domestic vehicles use a common circuit for both sides).
An alternative is a set of fog lights/Bosch relay at half power (but there are no lower wattage bulbs that can be substituted for H3-55W) that are mounted firmly to a metal surface (ie. front reinforcement, maybe bumper steps) that come on automatically with the ignition.
I did find out that Hamsar makes DRL model 45060 that reduces high beam power to 40% - this could be used with fog lights.
A friend suggested using the spots in the headlamps where fog lights would have gone. However, it involves cutting a hole in the reflector but there is no mounting hardware for the bulb provided. Also, the headlamp cable doesn't have a spot for wire #2.
Any more ideas?
If it was an 03 or newer it would already have the relay sockets under the driver's seat riser and a setting in the computer that could be changed to activate the DRL feature. But then all the lights would be on all the time.