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I'm trying to find a way to have my LED lights in the front under the turn signals stay on when the car is on. I went to the dealer and all they can do is activate the DRL. The DRL is the headlights on at a lower capacity (I think 80%), but that's not what I'm looking for.

My next thought is to re-wire them to another line that turns on when the ignition is on. Any ideas?
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From the manual, the DRL should be ON when the Light Switch is in the Parking, Headlight, or AutoLamp positions.
I found my MKZ appears to have a problem in the programming, because the DRL turns OFF in the daylight when in AutoLamp position. The DRL works in the other 2 positions.
Personally I think the DRL and rear lights should always be ON for safety, and it looks nice
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as long as they are not the cheap halogen yellow than I don;t mind. But yes for safety wise they should be on to get the attention of other drivers when your on the road.
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you might want to take your car into the dealer so they can have a look at it and make the changes needed
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rewiring would be my next course of action.

If the dealer activated the DRL in the headlight. Tap into the DRL harness.
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Wait.
So your saying Lincoln thinks of the DRL as your Headlights on low power?
Then what is the purpose of the White LED strings down by the turn signals?

I did notice page 83 of the service manual appears to call them "signature lamps" and not DRL
That would be nice if the dealer can simply plug into the car and properly program the Signature Lamps to come on in AutoLamp mode.

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DRLs are usually headlights on low power.

It wasn't until these LED strips came out that manufacturers started using them as DRLs.
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I dont know how much fiddling you plan on doing or what your expertise is, but all i can offer is to be careful. the MKZ is one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road and for you to go in a start playing with wires and where they connect has the potential to alter several systems unintentionally...
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I emailed Ford/Lincoln and they said the "Signature Lamps" should come on in the "AutoLamp" mode and to take it in.

I agree that DRL's are now the white LED strips you find on every new car.
I think the programming on my MKZ is just set wrong.
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I dont know how much fiddling you plan on doing or what your expertise is, but all i can offer is to be careful. the MKZ is one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road and for you to go in a start playing with wires and where they connect has the potential to alter several systems unintentionally...
Yeah I don't have the patience to play around with things like that. For most of us who buy the car most of the things come ready so we don't have to make any changes.
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