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Old 06-03-2008, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DRL Kill Switch?

I found a good tutorial online to disable the DRL's on my '01 Cavalier.

http://www.j-body.org/forums/read.ph...8&t=326113&p=1

I'm not that good with electronics so I hope this isn't a stupid idea. If I purchase a switch at Radio Shack, can I wire that so that I can switch the DRL's on and off, instead of doing a permanent off solution?

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Old 06-03-2008, 05:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just bent a pin on a relay for my car's lights (it's a Saturn-only mod). I keep a spare fuse in my trunk if I want/need to switch it back.

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I also added a switch on my DRLs, but I DO switch them back on, during the day, in certain types of driving.
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Question about what type of switch to use.

I don't know electronics that well so please forgive the ignorance.

I read this about switches:

http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/components/switch.htm

and from what I understand I need a SPDT, Single Pole Double Throw switch, is that correct? Because I want to either continue the blue wire circuit or switch it to the ground (if you followed the tutorial I linked in my OP).

I found this switch at Radio Shack that I really like:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

but it is listed as a SPST. Will this not work for me? I do not like any of the SPST switches listed on RS's website. I'm trying to stay way from the mad-scientist look in my car as this may become my wife's primary car in the future.

Recommend any other places to buy or different switches?
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Mine goes off with the parking brake engaged, so I did a "Redneck Fix" and grounded the parking brake wire so the DRL's are off but I will never know if my brakes are gone
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That's what I did too, Johnny. Except I put a switch in between the wire & ground. The parking brake light on the dash reminds me the DRLs are out.
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Mine goes off with the parking brake engaged, so I did a "Redneck Fix" and grounded the parking brake wire so the DRL's are off but I will never know if my brakes are gone
This trick works only on 20th century Cavaliers. Newer ones will switch the DRLs back on if you exceed 5mph.

You need a switch that has 3 pins per pole.
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You need a switch that has 3 pins per pole.
Is that was is referred to as a SPDT switch?
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Is that was is referred to as a SPDT switch?
Yes, and within that category, there are two and three position switches. Two positions simply switch between the two outer pins while three position switches have a center position that lets the center connection float. You want the former.

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