Turning off Fiat daytime running lights

Discussion in 'Tech/Mech General' started by TheCaller, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. TheCaller

    TheCaller Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2013
    Messages:
    1,818
    Likes Received:
    2,158
    Location:
    Lincs
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by laneside [​IMG]
    This is a long shot and no logically reason why it should work but with my Fiat I can go into menu and switch daylight running lights on and off. Pure illogic but I would try to see if it made a difference


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by meanders [​IMG]
    Thanks to you all.

    Will look in the 'menu' tomorrow although I don't remember seeing that option on our MH.


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by The Caller [​IMG]
    According to my manual, I should be able to do that too. But like meanders, I can't find it in the menu in the van. At the risk of pirating this thread, any hints on how to turn off the daylight running lights in an X250 would be gratefully received.

    <snip>



    Thanks for that tip. I'll have a go tomorrow. Now I think about it, I'm pretty sure the engine was running when I looked for it - that's why I wanted to turn them off, because the engine was running but I wasn't going anywhere.

    Extracted from this thread so as not to hijack it any further.
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/tech-...ed-beams-not-working-when-engine-running.html
     
  2. K9Brian

    K9Brian Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2010
    Messages:
    604
    Likes Received:
    603
    Location:
    South Manchester
    Turned mine off :thumb:
     
  3. laneside

    laneside Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,490
    Likes Received:
    5,291
    Location:
    Oradour sur Vayres
    I guess there are difference with many of the Fiats, mine is a 2012 130 multijet and there is a menu button at the right side of the steering wheel that has several functions one of which is turning off the day running lights If yours has this and you still have a problem shout up and I will go in to more detail.
     
  4. MichelleRyall

    MichelleRyall Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2013
    Messages:
    801
    Likes Received:
    1,037
    Location:
    Poole
    Turned ours off too. It is on the menu button but not particularly clear.
     
  5. peter marshall

    peter marshall

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    Messages:
    2,702
    Likes Received:
    1,701
    Location:
    Cleveleys,Lancashire
    Why turn them off, surely they add to safety, I have them on both my Van and Car. Pete
     
    • Like Like x 11
  6. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Messages:
    29,474
    Likes Received:
    16,941
    Location:
    YO11 2BD
    invariably LED's and current drain will be miniscule so why turn them off.

    where does the law stand on turning them off as they are now a compulsory fitment on new vehicles.
     
    • Like Like x 7
  7. JohnM

    JohnM Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2008
    Messages:
    651
    Likes Received:
    179
    Location:
    Central Scotland
    I dident have them on my x250 but had them fitted,dont see the point of having them and wanting to switch them of.
     
    • Like Like x 5
  8. yorkshirepudding

    yorkshirepudding Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,221
    Likes Received:
    908
    Location:
    Pudsey/Leeds

    Some countries require daytime running lights outside of built up areas. I was pulled over in Italy and got off with a warning.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  9. TheCaller

    TheCaller Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2013
    Messages:
    1,818
    Likes Received:
    2,158
    Location:
    Lincs
    Thanks. That seems to be the method, but I still can't get it to come up. Mine's a 2013 150 multijet, so I would expect the same.

    I've followed earlier advice & tried with the ignition on, but engine stopped. That does give more options than with the engine running, but nothing about daytime lights.

    Where the manual talks about these lights, it does say they can be turned off in that menu. But where the manual describes the functions under that menu, there is no mention of that option. All very strange.

    To those asking why I would want to turn them off - there are times when I need to run the engine, but I'm not actually driving anywhere. Not recommended practice, I know, but necessary on occasion. Further complicated by being parked under streetlights facing the wrong way on the road - don't ask, the answer's long-winded & boring. In that instance, having the daylight running lights on is counter-productive & sends all the wrong signals.

    I don't want to turn them off permanently, only temporarily.
     
  10. laneside

    laneside Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,490
    Likes Received:
    5,291
    Location:
    Oradour sur Vayres
    Too late now but I will try mine tomorrow and let you know what happens-----watch this space
     
  11. grumps147

    grumps147 Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    1,228
    Likes Received:
    879
    Location:
    St.Helens
  12. rainbow chasers

    rainbow chasers Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2009
    Messages:
    3,747
    Likes Received:
    1,720
    Location:
    Mid Cornwall
    Daytime running is law in much of europe - which is why cars that have the technology are having them added on a standard equipment.

    The UK does not have it as a law as yet - just relies on common sense in low light conditions. Surprised people don't use them in the day, as they need to use head lights, fogs and so on to driver, even on a clear night!
     
  13. laneside

    laneside Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,490
    Likes Received:
    5,291
    Location:
    Oradour sur Vayres
    I assume you are a big lad and know if you want em on or off so assuming your Fiat is the same as mine here goes;

    I have a MODE button and an up and down arrow

    Switch ignition on (no need to start engine)

    Press mode button possibly twice until read out says MENU

    Press down arrow about 12 times until read out says DAYTIME LIGHTS

    Change from on to off with either mode button or one of the arrows

    When off switch ignition off as this is the easiest way to exit menu

    Job done------I think
     
  14. TheCaller

    TheCaller Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2013
    Messages:
    1,818
    Likes Received:
    2,158
    Location:
    Lincs
    Hmmm.

    Well it looks as if between 2012 & 2013 someone has decided that none of us are big boys any more & it's been removed from the menu. Mine does exactly as you describe, except the DAYTIME LIGHTS option never appears.

    Very annoying. I'm perfectly happy to have them on when I'm driving down the public highway & for 'on' to be the default setting, but it would be nice to be able to turn them off when that doesn't apply.

    Thank you for your efforts. I'll do some more investigating & report back if I discover anything further.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. Roryboys Dad

    Roryboys Dad Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Messages:
    631
    Likes Received:
    804
    Location:
    Glapwell Derbyshire
    You certainly are a helpful bunch with plenty of advice.

    My daytime lights are not on and I would like them to be on

    My newly acquired second hand 2013 MH has the 'Mode' button but the 'Daytime Lights' prompt does not appear anywhere on the menu.

    When I turn the lights switch both side and dip beam lights come on but I can't have just the sidelights on.

    Any ideas on how I get them to work?

    :france::france::france:
     
  16. laneside

    laneside Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,490
    Likes Received:
    5,291
    Location:
    Oradour sur Vayres
    Sorry you will have to live with that as just sidelights has never been an option as far as I know
     
  17. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,447
    Likes Received:
    25,131
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    I don't know, it's so easy, get out the duct tape.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  18. TheCaller

    TheCaller Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2013
    Messages:
    1,818
    Likes Received:
    2,158
    Location:
    Lincs
    Two separate questions there.
    1. This may sound a silly question, but are you sure you have daytime running lights fitted? They are an option on the 2013 model year. They are a separate string of 5 small LED lights well below the main light cluster - down at bumper level.

    2. Sidelights. You will have what are now called Parking Lights, which are only intended to be used when stationary.
    i) turn the lights off
    ii) turn the engine off
    iii) turn the lights back on

    The Parking Lights now come on instead of the headlights. You can't drive with just the Parking Lights on. The upside of this is that Parking Lights these days are usually lower power than sidelights would have been, so you can park for longer with your lights on before getting a flat battery.

    If you do have Daytime Running lights fitted & they don't come on, then it looks like you & I have the same problem with our 'Mode' button menu, it's just that yours is stuck with the opposite setting.
     
  19. J50JWR

    J50JWR Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2014
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Lowestoft
    Hi there, an interesting thread. I was surprised to find that DRLs were an option only on my recently ordered Pilote van. They were part of an option pack so I'm getting them. Having read the AA link, it explains the rational for their introduction, but doesn't seem to state that the use of them replaces the need in some European states to drive only on head lights. Has anyone seen anything that states this is or is not the case.

    Regards John
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. Ninovan

    Ninovan Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2013
    Messages:
    271
    Likes Received:
    165
    Location:
    Salisbury, Wiltshire
    Hi. I've got a 2014 model year x250 (bought Oct 2013). My DRL's are reduced output dipped headlights as I didn't go for the option which has the led's. Control is as already mentioned on the right of the steering column under Daytime Lights in the menu.
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2014
Loading...

Share This Page