How to Disable a Corolla's Daytime Running Lights

Written by daniel valladares
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The daytime running lights on your Toyota Corolla are an added safety feature that increase your vehicle's visibility during the day. However, the DRLs also use up the life of your high-beam headlight bulb faster. For this reason, many drivers choose to do disable their DRLs, as they are not required by law in the U.S. Disabling your Corolla's DRLs is an extremely simple task that only requires either a fuse puller or a pair of wire cutters, depending on your Corolla model.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Socket wrench
  • Fuse puller
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wire cutters

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    The 2006 and Earlier Models

  1. 1

    Turn the engine of the Corolla off and remove the keys from the ignition. Open the bonnet and use a socket wrench to disconnect the negative terminal from the battery.

  2. 2

    Remove the cover from the fuse block in the engine compartment.

  3. 3

    Use a fuse puller to remove the "DRL" fuse from slot 31. Reinstall the fuse whenever you want to use your daytime running lights again.

  4. 4

    Reattach the cover to the fuse block and reattach the negative terminal to the battery. Close the bonnet.

    The 2007 through 2010 Models

  1. 1

    Open the bonnet of the Corolla and use a socket wrench to disconnect the negative terminal to the battery.

  2. 2

    Remove the four screws securing the glove compartment, using the screwdriver, and locate the black unit underneath the glove compartment -- this is the DRL module.

  3. 3

    Unplug the unit from its connecting harness. Use the wire cutters to remove the blue wire situated at pin 12.

  4. 4

    Reinstall the connector to the unit and reattach the glove compartment and its screws.

  5. 5

    Reconnect the negative terminal to the battery and close the bonnet.

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