From digest.v6.n191 Sat Feb 8 22:34:42 1997
From: "Brett Anderson" <bretta_at_webspan.net>
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 1997 21:15:32 -0500
Subject: Re: DRL wiring
> From: richard.southern_at_ussfo.pharmacia.se
> Date: Fri, 07 Feb 97 13:34:06 MET
> Subject: DRLs for E36
> I was hoping someone out there would know the answer to this...
> I just installed euro headlights on my 94 318is (US spec). The new
> lights are great and provide a much brighter light pattern and have
> glass cover instead of the plastic one.
> Anyhow, the new light assemblies have what is called a city light,
> by it's US name, a daytime running light - bulb in the high beam
> housing. To use it, I've been told to wire it to the side marker
> lights, but then they would only function when the side lights were
> turned (not really DRLs that way).
> So the question is, to which wire do I connect the DRL wire (the
> ground is common on the new lighting assembly, so I only need a live
> positive that is killed when the ignition is not on)?
> Thanks in advance.
> Richard Southern
> (no I'm not from Sweden, it's where our gateway is)
Undoubtedly you will be flooded with replies telling you to turn on the
ignition and find a hot wire by test light , then tap into it. DO NOT do
this. Many systems in late cars run on specific resistances, tapping a
second circuit into one of these lines will cause problems with the
I am not 100% sure on your car, but most BMW's use a negative trigger for
the washer pump. This means the pump is supplied with full time positive
when the ignition is on. I would suggest taking it from there.
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