Accessory Power - Turn off Daytime Running Lights

2011TDIowner

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I have a 2011 Jetta TDI Highline and love it!

It has the keyless entry and push button start switch. Unlike a keyed ignition, that has different settings for operating accessories, such as the radio, on the push button start, there seems to be only one alternate setting to run accessories when the engine is off.

Whenever I have the accessories turned on, the daytime running lights remain on, which is an added draw on the battery. The manual describes a process to turn them off using the signal switch and starting the engine, but I have not been able to get this to happen.

Anyone with a new TDI tried this yet with any success?
 

tcp_ip_dude

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The manual describes a process to turn them off using the signal switch and starting the engine, but I have not been able to get this to happen.

Anyone with a new TDI tried this yet with any success?



This works for DRL's on 2010 Jetta TDI Sedan's, can't speak for 2011's. Just FYI, the first time I did it, the DRL reverted back to the 'On' state about 24 hours later, I set it to 'Off' a second time and it has remained in that state. Several others have reported the same pattern. Search the forum, there are a few threads on this procedure.

To change DRL state:
Left Signal = DRL OFF
1) Headlight switch to OFF,
2) Select Left indicator while
3) Simultaneously holding the stalk hard back towards you to flash the lights while
4) Simultaneously cycling IGN on for a couple seconds - until you hear the Chime/DING.
DRLs are now OFF.


Right Signal = DRL ON
1) Headlight switch to OFF,
2) Select Right indicator while
3) Simultaneously holding the stalk hard back towards you to flash the lights while
4) Simultaneously cycling IGN on for a couple seconds - until you hear the Chime/DING.
DRLs are now ON.
 

mo_focus

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You can't do it! well your not suppose to be able to do it anymore. There was a recall for 2011 Golf and Wagon's bc you were able to bypass but they issued a recall for it. My guess would be the Jetta is already set up so no bypass unless you use VCDS.

2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf Wagon
Vehicles affected: 1,730
Certain vehicles were built with a daytime running light (DLR) system that can be deactivated, which is not in compliance with Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108. Dealers will install an updated software version that will make the DLR system compliant.
 

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I think what would help him more is just having the accessories running and DLRs off, but then when driving DLRs operate normally.

That'd be a question that Rosstech and someone with a VCDS and some time could hunt around and help you with.
 

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Was wondering if you could by pass them DRLs in Canada as they are a mandatory item. I haven't thought of trying the radio without pressing the start button. Will give that a try. Will also try having the e-brake engaged. Will let you know what happens.

Thanks for the inputs so far.

2011TDIowner.
 

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Was wondering if you could by pass them DRLs in Canada as they are a mandatory item. I haven't thought of trying the radio without pressing the start button. Will give that a try. Will also try having the e-brake engaged. Will let you know what happens.

Thanks for the inputs so far.

2011TDIowner.
We've been able to do this with VWs for over 10 years now.

Not having the KESSY or whatever VW calls the keyless ignition, I don't know exactly how it operates, but I would guess that pressing the start button turns on everything: HVAC fan, all the engine electronics, all the various ECUs, etc.

Just turn on the radio if you want to listen to the radio.
 

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My mom's car has a keyless ignition system and with your foot off the brake pedal, the first press of the start/stop button turns just the radio on. The second press, again with your foot off the brake, turns on all the accessories; i.e., HVAC, instrument cluster, etc. A third press of the start/stop button with your foot off the brake will shut everything down. Not sure if the VW system operates similarly.
 

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Mystery is solved. As was suggested, no need to press the start button - just hit the power button on the radio. Too simple.

Thanks to all.

2011TDIowner
 

dmcrazy

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My 2011 with the parking break ON my DRL still are on does anyone know how to kill this or would this be a VCDS thing? I would still like to keep my DRL when I drive.
 

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My 2011 with the parking break ON my DRL still are on does anyone know how to kill this or would this be a VCDS thing? I would still like to keep my DRL when I drive.
WHy not just turn them off when you apply the parking brake?
 

dmcrazy

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They seem to be always on parking break on or off. I do have the Kessy system. I don't know if that makes a difference.
 

MayorDJQ

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You need VCDS to disable the DRLs. All driving around with the parking brake on will do is reduce MPGs, wear out the back brakes, and drive you insane with the DING! DING! DING! reminder that the parking brake is on.
 

dmcrazy

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I just wondering how to shut them off when I'm in my garage warming up the plugs or if I just want them off when I'm parked somewhere with out shutting my car off.
 

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As much as I wish the parking brake would turn the DRLs off, it seems (if you read through this thread) that the DRLs can only be turned off with the VCDS.
 

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As much as I wish the parking brake would turn the DRLs off, it seems (if you read through this thread) that the DRLs can only be turned off with the VCDS.
yep which is sort of stupid, bc on the Golf, it works with the parking brake, so i dont understand why they had to go and change that on the Jetta.
 

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yep which is sort of stupid, bc on the Golf, it works with the parking brake, so i dont understand why they had to go and change that on the Jetta.
I'll be honest, it sucks because I cannot run the car at a drive-in movie. Sometimes if it gets too cold, or too hot, or whatever, you need to run the car for a few minutes, and people HATE lights being on. I know I do!

Also, it's annoying that the radio shuts itself off every 30 minutes or whatever.
 

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I'll be honest, it sucks because I cannot run the car at a drive-in movie. Sometimes if it gets too cold, or too hot, or whatever, you need to run the car for a few minutes, and people HATE lights being on. I know I do!

Also, it's annoying that the radio shuts itself off every 30 minutes or whatever.

mmm wonder if there is a way we can control this fucntion via VCDS??? I'll send an email to rosstech and lets see what they say.
 
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