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Old March 23rd, 2010, 10:17   #1
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Default Disable Drl in 06 new beetle

I am trying to disable my drl's on my wife 2006 new beetle. I have tried the switch method, did not work. I tried the taping the tfl pin on my switch, did not work because it does not plug in to anything. What can I do to disable them? Yes I know that they are meant for safety and all that jazz. But I have just replace another h7 headlamp. It is getting in my wallet, ( used high dollar bulbs and cheap bulb they all last the about the same amount of time). Any help would be great.

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Old March 23rd, 2010, 15:29   #2
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You need someone to do it with VCDS I think.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 15:35   #3
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Pull the DRL relay, number 173 (I think). If your parking brake warning lamp no longer works once the relay is out, you can open and modify the relay. Do a search, it has been posted here with pics before.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 15:47   #4
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My preferred method is to remove the light switch, extract the TFL pin, and secure it to the harness with the tape, fold & tape technique.

Otherwise you can break the TFL pin off of the headlight switch itself.

To remove the headlight switch, push the knob in while in the off position. Turn the knob a few degrees to the right, and it will be released, and pulls straight out. Leave the knob alone or unlock it again before installing to protect the console finish.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 05:05   #5
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My preferred method is to remove the light switch, extract the TFL pin, and secure it to the harness with the tape, fold & tape technique.

Otherwise you can break the TFL pin off of the headlight switch itself.

To remove the headlight switch, push the knob in while in the off position. Turn the knob a few degrees to the right, and it will be released, and pulls straight out. Leave the knob alone or unlock it again before installing to protect the console finish.
That does not work on the newer cars, and the OP already tried that.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 05:17   #6
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Yeah sorry man, you're newer car wont work with the TFL anymore. You'll have to change it in vag-com. I've never heard of any way to do it with any relay though so i'd be interested in hearing more about that myself though

Check your local area forum and see if someone has a vag-com to do the change and you'll be golden.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 05:29   #7
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Daytime headlights, DRL's, serve a safety purpose.

I'm sure there is also a post on how to disable your airbags, ESP, and even those pesky rollover pop up bars for the vert... (but you wouldn't be here because they don't make a TDI vert )

Bulbs are not that expensive. and by god they are the easiest things to replace in the beetle (If you read the manual)

Leave the safety stuff to the experts.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 05:38   #8
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Daytime headlights, DRL's, serve a safety purpose.

I'm sure there is also a post on how to disable your airbags, ESP, and even those pesky rollover pop up bars for the vert... (but you wouldn't be here because they don't make a TDI vert )

Bulbs are not that expensive. and by god they are the easiest things to replace in the beetle (If you read the manual)

Leave the safety stuff to the experts.
I've driven well over one million miles on cars without ABS, SRS, ESP, DRLs, and any other nannywhere acronym you can think of, never had an accident, and I am still happy and healthy.

KNOWING HOW TO DRIVE helps with vehicle safety more than anything else. And yes, all my cars that had DRLs had them disabled within minutes of purchase.

Every time someone makes a post about this, there is always someone who thinks they should leave them alone. This thread is no exception. If you like them, leave them be. If you don't, disable them. You know they just make them like that for North America anyways. I also equip my cars with a PROPER headlight switch too.
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I've driven well over one million miles on cars without ABS, SRS, ESP, DRLs, and any other nannywhere acronym you can think of, never had an accident, and I am still happy and healthy.

KNOWING HOW TO DRIVE helps with vehicle safety more than anything else. And yes, all my cars that had DRLs had them disabled within minutes of purchase.
Statistics would disagree.
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Statistics would disagree.
Yes, they would disagree with you, but that is not the point, now is it?
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Old March 24th, 2010, 05:44   #11
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This site also has lots of good info too, on many makes:

http://www.lightsout.org/
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Being the best driver in the world is not going to help you when you are surrounded by idiots who are texting, sleeping etc... Those lights help protect you from others... not you from yourself.
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Being the best driver in the world is not going to help you when you are surrounded by idiots who are texting, sleeping etc... Those lights help protect you from others... not you from yourself.
You are wasting your time, I am not having them on any car I own, and disable them on many customers' cars at their request. Sorry.... move on...
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Daytime headlights, DRL's, serve a safety purpose.

I'm sure there is also a post on how to disable your airbags, ESP, and even those pesky rollover pop up bars for the vert... (but you wouldn't be here because they don't make a TDI vert )

Bulbs are not that expensive. and by god they are the easiest things to replace in the beetle (If you read the manual)

Leave the safety stuff to the experts.
It is his car to do with as he pleases just as it is your advice to withhold as you please.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 09:51   #15
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Let me guess... seatbelts wrinkle your clothes...
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