How to Disable the Toyota Daytime Running Lights

by Daniel Valladares

Toyota vehicles have a different method of disabling their daytime running lights than most vehicles. Instead of pulling a DRL fuse, Toyota vehicles have a specific pin on the headlight relay that you must cut to disable the daytime running lights. The pin differs on the make and model of your Toyota vehicle, but accessing the relay is the same. The headlight is located in the glove compartment in the fuse and relay center. Although the daytime running lights may limit the life of your high beam bulbs, they are a safety feature that is mandatory in many countries. Keep in mind that this procedure is permanent and, if you wish to reconnect your daytime running lights, you must purchase a new headlight relay.

Turn off the Toyota vehicle's engine.

Open the glove box. Locate the headlight module at the back of the glove box. The headlight module is the black unit mounted sideways with a wiring harness connected to its side.

Unplug the harness from the module and pull the module out of the vehicle. Cut the DRL pin and place the harness back into the glove box. Check your owner's manual or contact Toyota Support if you do not know which pin to cut.

Connect the wiring harness to the module and close the glove box.

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About the Author

Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.

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