Daytime Running Lights

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Information on the Daytime Running Lights

From February 2011 all new designs of vehicles coming on to UK roads were required by law to be supplied with daytime running lights (DRLs). Please note that this law applies only to new designs of vehicles going through type approval/homologation from this date onwards – this does NOT include the current Scirocco Mk. 3. However, when designing the Scirocco, VW attempted to pre-empt this rule by introducing a ‘hack’ which altered the way the cars rotary light switch worked and caused the headlights to remain on at all times.


The result was that the 'off' and 'auto' settings on the light control cause the headlights to run on dipped all the time you are driving. However, if you move the dial round one more click to the >oo< symbol, although you lose the auto light function, you just have the little side lights on down by the indicators. This is a lot less conspicuous. It also turns on the dash backlighting to give you clearer instruments and gives you a reminder bong when you open the door.


How can I turn the DRL function off?

• MY2009 (up to May 2009) with standard halogen headlights & MY2010.5 cars (post week 45) onwards require VCDS/VAG-COM to turn the DRL function off.

Note: not quite the same process within VAGCOM MY2010.5 see [[1]]

• For MY2009 with Xenons or MY2010 (pre week 45) with either lights onwards you can do this

Deactivating

Make sure the light control is at 'off' position. Hold the indicator stalk in towards you and down (LH indicator and headlamp flash) and then switch the ignition on for three seconds until a gong sounds and the indicator function pauses briefly. Now turn the ignition off and on.

Reactivating

Make sure the light control is at 'off' position. Hold the indicator stalk in towards you and up (RH indicator and headlamp flash) and then switch the ignition on for three seconds until a gong sounds and the indicator function pauses briefly. Now turn the ignition off and on.