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Leave DRL or lights on all the time?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Soundchasr, Sep 11, 2019 at 8:46 AM.

  1. Sep 11, 2019 at 8:46 AM
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    Soundchasr

    Soundchasr [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I like to drive with my DRL or regular lights on for safety. However, I have manual lights on my 2019 and I either forget to turn them on or to turn them off when I leave the car.

    I noticed that the lights will go out when I turn it off and leave. Is it ok to just leave them on all the time, i.e. keep the switch on when I leave the car for long periods of time?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sep 11, 2019 at 9:45 AM
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    wahoobie

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    No issues here with my SR5 switch left on DRL..the auto-OFF for me so I didnt care.
     
  3. Sep 11, 2019 at 9:48 AM
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    chaotic_taco

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    You don't say which trim level you have, so we can't know for sure, but TRD and up have auto headlights / DRL. A pet peeve of mine is the way this is configured on the switch: It goes off -> auto -> drl -> on when it should be off -> drl -> on -> auto

    If you do have auto lights, then sure, leave em on all the time, the truck will figure it out BUT if you're a knuckle head like my neighbor, learn how to turn off your lights before backing into your driveway and blinding me in my living room at night.
     
  4. Sep 11, 2019 at 9:48 AM
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    Claudiomartinof

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    I have ocd... can’t leave anything working or running if I don’t actually need it... car on for more than 5 mins waiting for someone. Using lights in daylight, use my ac at max all the time... I can’t do it..
     
  5. Sep 11, 2019 at 9:49 AM
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    GreyBaldTaco

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    I leave my drl's on all the time.
     
  6. Sep 11, 2019 at 9:55 AM
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    TRD Off-road. No auto on my stick.
     
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    JaCado

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    You will be fine leaving them on all the time, the truck turns them off automatically.
     
  8. Sep 11, 2019 at 9:55 AM
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    Soundchasr

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    Even after you leave the car?
     
  9. Sep 11, 2019 at 9:56 AM
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    GreyBaldTaco

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    Yep, I turn my lights on when I need them.
     
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  10. Sep 11, 2019 at 10:01 AM
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    chaotic_taco

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    I do have the tech and premium packages... I guess maybe that's the differentiator.
     
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    JaCado

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    I do the same thing. It comes from a time of driving and owning cars and trucks that did not have auto shut off. Which was all of them:D except this one now.
     
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    JaCado

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    There is no setting on the stalk/stick.... a ecu (computee board) controls them. When ignition is killed and power terminated, open the door and close the door and the lights go out.
     
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  13. Sep 11, 2019 at 10:13 AM
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    johnnyroid

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    My '17 Sport has DRL, but no auto headlights. If I have headlights on, I have to manually turn them off, but if left in the DRL position, they turn off automatically. Of note, even if I leave my headlights on, they'll turn off eventually anyway.
     
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  14. Sep 11, 2019 at 10:15 AM
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    wahoobie

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    My SR5 has not tech pkg and the lights go out after the setting times out. It's not when the doors close since I want them on a little longer and the customization is there.
     
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  15. Sep 11, 2019 at 10:21 AM
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    I read somewhere that it's not recommended to leave it in the 'on' position for more than a week on end without running the car.

    As far as what I do, like a few others have said here, I just leave mine in DRL mode. I only use the actual headlights when I actually need them. But mine does come with the headlight cut-off feature.
     
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  16. Sep 11, 2019 at 10:23 AM
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    If you press your lock button 2 times they should turn off. Pressing 1 time delays them turning off but they do turn off.
     
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    pltommyo

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    It's fine to do, but why? Put truck in Park, set parking brake, close moon roof, roll up windows, turn off lights, turn off radio, turn off heated seats, turn off climate system, turn off charger, turn off CB, now turn off engine. Start in upper left, work down to lower right. Get in the truck, turn on, then do all the items in reverse from lower right to upper left. Nothing get's missed that way.
     
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  18. Sep 11, 2019 at 10:25 AM
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    Hmmm, thanks for that tip, I'll have to try that. I typically just touch the door handle to lock, but definitely want to check that out.
     
  19. Sep 11, 2019 at 10:27 AM
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    TartanEagle

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    My '17 SR has DRL, but not auto headlights. I have to manually turn off the headlights (no warning buzzer either, Grrr!). The DRL come on as soon as I release the parking brake and then turn off automatically with the ignition key.
     
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  20. Sep 11, 2019 at 10:27 AM
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    BlazinBlueTaco

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    I wish your statement was true. I have a TRD OR with Tech package but mine does not have auto lights...only auto high beams option. I think you have to have premium package or maybe some have them and some don’t. Probably depends on how they were ordered by the dealership for those of us that bought discounted Tacomas that we didn’t build to order.
     

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