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Just wondering if anyone with a 2018 Ram has had any luck getting your Amber Drl's enabled. I see lots of threads saying they got them turned on and lots of threads that could not get them turned on. Seems like it is a dealer issue because there are all different years and trim levels that have had success and not had sucsess. Have not seen any 2018 year success or not successful attempts. Would like to get mine enabled seems like an easy job for dealers just add a sales code to your VIN. Live in Central Pa. anyone with a 2018 had any luck with your dealer getting your DRL enabled?
 

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this might be a reteat. My dealer in (MASS) activated mine no charge when I picked up my 2018 Laramie 1500. Took them about 10 minutes
 

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I was talking to the service guy at my dealer today who enabled them on my 2500. He said for the 1500s that they had to tell the computer it was a Canadian vehicle. Enable the drls then switch it back to being an American vehicle. Not sure if all dealers can/will/know how to do this. Being so close to Canada he gets a number of requests to activate them. He used the LM5 sales code for mine today.
 

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I guess the only way to find out if my dealer can enable the DRL is to bring it in and ask. I appreciate the responses at least I know now that is can be done on the 2018. If they cant figure it out in Pa. I guess this summer I will try a dealer in northern NY close to Canadian border when i am up there.
 

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Just had mine enabled on our '18 3500. The dealership did it for free at the same time as they took care of the transmission/brake interlock recall thing. (On our truck the DRL's are actually the high beams running at reduced power)

This was the dealer we bought the truck from, and they turned out to be one hell of a lot more competent in the flesh than they were on the phone when I inquired about the DRL's.
I posted a transcript of my phone conversation with the service dept on another thread and I swear it reads exactly like the script from a Monty Python sketch.

Anyway, the way FCA has this set up is that the DRL's are disabled by default for US-bound trucks and enabled by default for Canada-bound trucks. But all RAM trucks have DRL capability built into them.
For some reason, FCA has decided to allow dealerships some flexibility about whether to charge, and how much to charge, for enabling them in the US.

My argument with the dealership was that after spending close to $40K with them for a brand new truck I would be very unhappy to be charged for enabling a feature that is built-in already.
It's not as if enabling the DRL's involves any additional parts which actually cost money or anything, it's basically flipping a software toggle via the Witech connection.
They agreed, which helped give me some confidence in their willingness to provide good service.
 

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Just a follow up on the elusive daytime running lights. I figured I would check out the OBD Genie rather then call around to dealerships to see if they could enable my DRL's. According to OBD Genie their product does not work on the 2018 Ram works on all other years but not 2018 because of changes FCA made for 2018. Don't quite understand why FCA makes it so difficult to get this option . From what I have read the 2019 Ram will have them. I will keep checking with dealers to see if I can get them enabled.
 

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I was talking to the service guy at my dealer today who enabled them on my 2500. He said for the 1500s that they had to tell the computer it was a Canadian vehicle. Enable the drls then switch it back to being an American vehicle. Not sure if all dealers can/will/know how to do this. Being so close to Canada he gets a number of requests to activate them. He used the LM5 sales code for mine today.
My dealer didn't do that. The tech added the sales code and they turned on. Took longer to pull the truck in the garage bay than to activate the drls.
 

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My dealer didn't do that. The tech added the sales code and they turned on. Took longer to pull the truck in the garage bay than to activate the drls.
From my understanding it's only needed on he newer ones. Your 2013 had it listed as a sales code. There isn't an American sales code for them in the newer model years.
 

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From my understanding it's only needed on he newer ones. Your 2013 had it listed as a sales code. There isn't an American sales code for them in the newer model years.
Not true. That floated around for awhile but the sales code can be added to your 18.
 

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Once your daytime running are enabled at a dealer can you turn them off and on with your u connect screen on a 2018 model? I have read that when they are enabled by the OBD Genie you have that option. Seems funny that an aftermarket device gives you that capability and a dealer cant . Also seems funny that Fca put firewalls in the 2018 model to prevent these aftermarket devices from working. Not sure what the big deal is about enabling the DRL's that FCA would go to trouble of blocking aftermarket devices from working and then not making this option readily available to the dealers to make a little money by enabling them. I am not going waste anymore time trying to get them enabled( especially if the option to turn them off and on is not there) not that important just wanted to make my new truck look more updated like all the other 2018 trucks they all have led DRl. Love my new Ram.
 

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I had mine turned on (2017 Ram) back in Sept. They charged me $50. The Service Manager said he had to account for the tech's time? I argued that it was already in there for another dealer fix. After talking with FCA, they agreed that I should NOT have been charged. So, I got a refund. It's my understanding, mostly from reading DRL posts here, the knowledge of the dealer is what you have to consider for the 2017s and earlier years.
 

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Does the 2018 1500 Big Horn have DRLs?
Yes.
All RAM trucks have a DRL function built-in.

Generally speaking, trucks sold in the US have the DRL function disabled by default, while Canada bound trucks have it enabled to conform to Canadian laws.

Enabling the DRL's on a 2018 model requires a visit to a dealership service department. They may or may not charge a fee for enabling them.

So far as I know there is no aftermarket way to enable DRL's for trucks built after 2017.
 

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Down here in San Diego they are adding more & more Highways to the list of OLD highways where you must run DRLs 24 hours a day.
In my business, one of the Federal & State requirements is to have the headlights on when escorting a Wide Load

I just covered my little dome thing by the speaker located in the center of the dash near the windshield.
Now my headlights are on whenever i am driving
 

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When I inquired about having my DRLs turned on the dealer where I bought the truck told me to go pound sand, absolutely NO! They even had the nerve to suggest I drive 6 hours to Canada to have a Canadian dealer do it. Guess where I'll never go for service?

I called a few other dealers and got nowhere.

OBDGenie.com now has a module that, in conjunction with the DRL Genie, does the trick.

It wasn't cheap and the install was a challenge but I got DRLs now :)
 

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When I inquired about having my DRLs turned on the dealer where I bought the truck told me to go pound sand, absolutely NO! They even had the nerve to suggest I drive 6 hours to Canada to have a Canadian dealer do it. Guess where I'll never go for service?

I called a few other dealers and got nowhere.
That's just flat crazy. My local dealer did it for free while they were fixing the U11 shift interlock recall check.
Service manager said he would have done it for free anyway, so long a I gave him a day's heads up about when I'd be coming in.


I can't believe the crap I hear on this forum about how some service departments treat people - and these are often in large towns or cities too, where there are other dealerships fairly close by. It's not as if they don't have any competition. Unless they're all owned by the same corporation or are illegally colluding somehow.


My dealer is a solid hour's drive away, and the next closest one is a full 2 1/2 hour's drive away, so these guys don't have any local competition at all, and yet they could hardly be more helpful and agreeable.


It's crazy.
 

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I hear ya 9thousandfeet, I was blown away by the borderline hostility of the service department's response. $50k for a brand new Eco Diesel Laramie I mistakenly assumed put me square in Valued Customer territory, live and learn I guess.

Now for a set of HIDs or LEDs and I should be done with this one.

Love the truck, getting better fuel economy than the sedan I traded, and that includes a couple trips towing the boat to the lake.
 
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