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On my SX in Automatic lighting position only the headlamps act as daytime running lamps( I assume this is just in Canada where DRL's are the law) not the LED's. Don't understand why these wouldn't be the DRL's. Dealer is of no help.When i drive into the garage @ night the LED'S come on after I shut the car off. Do we just live with this or can or has anyone looked into getting the LED'S working all the time instead of the headlamps?
 

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That's peculiar. My 2012 SX uses the LEDs for DRLs whether I have the light switch off or in Auto. So, it is either something that was changed for 2013 or there's something wrong with the wiring.
 

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My 2013 hatch uses the led's as drls too. Maybe it's a hatch/sedan thing. Or as Tony says, its a wiring issue with your car.
 

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Would like to hear from anyone who has a Canadian SX SEDAN.Do your LED'S work as DRLs or your headlamps?
 

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I would like to know is whatever Canada uses to activate the LEDs as DRLs, can we get it here at the states.
 

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Thanks Lordhelmet.I have asked my Dealer to ask Kia Canada .Should be interesting to see what they come up with.
 

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AIR RIO.Unless time & technology have changed I added DRL's to my 1992 Japanese import Mercedes-Benz 500SL by adding a generic DRL relay (Or I should say my Mechanic did:)).
 

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Just bought a 2013 SX with nav yesterday, same thing here, DRL are the head lights and the only time the LED's come on are when its dark out or I turn the lights on manually?!
what gives?!
Fill out your info so we know where you are. Is yours a hatch or sedan? We can't look for patterns or connections without more information.
 

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Is it possible that DRLs are being added locally once they hit Canada and whoever is adding them is placing them on either the headlight or the LEDs and that's why you see them on either lights???
 

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if that is the case im so brining it back to the dealer to have them swtich it to the LED..
I think it looks 100% better with the LED than the headlights with the powercut back on them..
oh ya! i can't see any reason to use anything other than led's for daytime use, it isn't to help you see, it is to help you be seen, and the led's do a wonderful job of that! and yes... it does look super cool, and premium!
 

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Just spoke with Southtown Kia Here in edmonton (dealer I bought my car from)
They can do it, they simply have to reprogram the car and it will turn off the headlights and turn on the LEDs for the DRL, but they say it will take 1.5hr to do so at a cost of $300.. Im going to contact my sales lady and see if she can help me..
 

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Is it possible that DRLs are being added locally once they hit Canada and whoever is adding them is placing them on either the headlight or the LEDs and that's why you see them on either lights???
no its all done at the factory as that is part of the vehicle being built for the Canadian market - like also the KMPH speedo for example. Also the vehicles are built with other features that are not configured the way you would say get in the US market.
 

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xakkaxxx did you have any success getting your LED's working as DRLs? Thanks Terry
 

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Just got off the phone with Kia Canada & their response is if i want to modify the settings from Korea's I have to pay for it:mad:
 

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As I wrote in another post, I will receive my rio next week:

http://www.kia-forums.com/3g-2011-rio/78599-its-done-just-order-my-sx-2.html

As soon as I saw this message I wrote an email to the dealer. He was waiting to have my model to be sure. Yesterday, at the time of my visit, we make the test. Same, the DRL are regular headlights, the seller was also surprised. By late afternoon he phoned to tell me that these technicians looking to repprogram prior to delivery, I'll let you know.
 
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