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Old 04-15-2013, 02:27 PM
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1996 F150 Headlights

I have a 1996 F150 2wd 6 cylinder, and here in Canada there's a law that all vehicles on the road require front headlights lights on at all times, so to get my headlights on I pull the headlight switch to on, but my friend said 1996 Ford F150s turn on the front headlight for front headlight/running lights when starting the engine and I shouldn't have to pull on the headlight switch and that my truck should have that feature. I sometimes forget to turn off my headlights when I shut the engine off and worry about draining the battery. How can I get my headlights to come on when I start my engine without having to pull on the headlight switch? Is something broke on my truck? Any ideas?
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:40 PM
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This is a new one on me...I know of the auto-lite feature for nite-time/tunnell situations, and definetly on new vehicles, but our year/model/etc, no.
Possible there is an aftermarket attachment to make it work...
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:44 PM
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If you're handy at doing electrical work you could probably hook something up where turning the key on turns the lights on. I've never tried doing anything like that, but I'm sure it can be done.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:21 PM
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AC Delco used to sell a DRL kit that you could convert any vehicle to have Daytime running lights. I dont know if they still make it but i would try ebay
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If you have a decent understanding of electrical, it wouldn't be too hard. My thinking of it would be taking the wiring from the headlight switch, and tying it into the ignition switch (or if you want to take it a step further, wire a relay in and use the ignition switch as the control on the relay, and power them from where they were powered originally, minus the headlight switch). Then when the ignition switch is on (when the truck is on) the headlights will come on. If any of that made sense. Or ebay something. But my way is free just gotta play with it.
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