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August 20, 2014, 06:31 AM #0

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I have a problem with my low beams (drl) for my 09 lancer. They don't work at all when the engine is running and they stay on when the engine is not running (even with the key off the ignition). Brought it to a shop I always go to and they said it's the computer that controls the headlights that has the problem and they weren't able to fix it. I brought it to my dealership and they said there were no short circuits and no relay problem. They only said Etacs - ecu is faulty and I need a new one which they quoted me $975 just for the part itself.

Does anyone know a place to go so i could save a lot or even just a little? I dont like goin to dealerships unless i dont have any other choice.

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    August 20, 2014, 08:04 AM #1

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    Originally posted by yathots
    I have a problem with my low beams (drl) for my 09 lancer. They don't work at all when the engine is running and they stay on when the engine is not running (even with the key off the ignition). Brought it to a shop I always go to and they said it's the computer that controls the headlights that has the problem and they weren't able to fix it. I brought it to my dealership and they said there were no short circuits and no relay problem. They only said Etacs - ecu is faulty and I need a new one which they quoted me $975 just for the part itself.

    Does anyone know a place to go so i could save a lot or even just a little? I dont like goin to dealerships unless i dont have any other choice.
    Look online or at the wrecker for an ECU.
    In most cases, its as simple as unplugging the old one, and plugging the new one in, I believe.
    Originally posted by Madbuzz41
    I'm not a fan of blowing for a long time anyways ; )


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      August 20, 2014, 08:07 AM #2

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      ^ Sometimes you gotta do a relearn, I am not sure of the process of Mitsubishi, but my car you just had to turn the key to run without turning it on, wait ten minutes for the engine light to flash, then repeat two more times.

      Sorry to hear about the issue, OP.  Kinda sucks that it's so expensy.  Not sure how many wreckers would carry a Lancer DE ecu, but if that doesn't work I'd go to the dealer.

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        Originally posted by slipstreamconversion
        ^ Sometimes you gotta do a relearn, I am not sure of the process of Mitsubishi, but my car you just had to turn the key to run without turning it on, wait ten minutes for the engine light to flash, then repeat two more times.

        Sorry to hear about the issue, OP.  Kinda sucks that it's so expensy.  Not sure how many wreckers would carry a Lancer DE ecu, but if that doesn't work I'd go to the dealer.
        That's true, I overlooked the fact of having to relearn.
        I'd say you might be better off finding a used one to save cost. Wuth my car they float around forums for roughly 50 bucks. It may not work, but if it does, it saved you 850 bucks
        Originally posted by Madbuzz41
        I'm not a fan of blowing for a long time anyways ; )


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            Originally posted by yathots
            I have a problem with my low beams (drl) for my 09 lancer. They don't work at all when the engine is running and they stay on when the engine is not running (even with the key off the ignition). Brought it to a shop I always go to and they said it's the computer that controls the headlights that has the problem and they weren't able to fix it. I brought it to my dealership and they said there were no short circuits and no relay problem. They only said Etacs - ecu is faulty and I need a new one which they quoted me $975 just for the part itself.

            Does anyone know a place to go so i could save a lot or even just a little? I dont like goin to dealerships unless i dont have any other choice.

            Are they halogens or HIDs?

            When did the problem start happening?

            Spending $1000 on a computer that would just fix your daytime running lights is insane IMO
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              August 20, 2014, 11:47 AM #6

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              Originally posted by WinnipegHID
              Are they halogens or HIDs?

              When did the problem start happening?

              Spending $1000 on a computer that would just fix your daytime running lights is insane IMO

              I'd agree, I'd just run without DRL's, pull the fuse or something (if that solved it) to prevent them coming on with the car off.
              Originally posted by Madbuzz41
              I'm not a fan of blowing for a long time anyways ; )


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                August 20, 2014, 01:38 PM #7

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                Originally posted by WinnipegHID
                Are they halogens or HIDs?

                When did the problem start happening?

                Spending $1000 on a computer that would just fix your daytime running lights is insane IMO

                They are halogens. It was like this since saturday.
                And yes i know it's insane that's why I'm looking for other options that wouldn't cost me to much just for the drl.

                  August 20, 2014, 01:41 PM #8

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                  Originally posted by jordisonjr
                  I'd agree, I'd just run without DRL's, pull the fuse or something (if that solved it) to prevent them coming on with the car off.
                  Yeah that's what I'm doing right now. But i dont use my car when it starts to get dark out. Can't risk getting pulled over just cuz i dont have my lights on.

                    August 20, 2014, 01:42 PM #9

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                    Thanks for all your suggestions! Will definitely try all of it.

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                      Mind if I hijack the thread? I'm also having a small problem with my Daytime Running Lights. My DRL do not seem to come on when I start and drive my car, however they do whenever I remove my key from the ignition and the car goes into the Turbo Cool-down. The DRL setup was an aftermarket installation from the previous owner, but I'm not really able to find who had performed the setup or the name of the kit if one was used.

                      Any thoughts or should I simply take my car into a nearby shop to have a look?
                      I don't drive fast, I fly really low.

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                        Originally posted by Streko
                        Mind if I hijack the thread? I'm also having a small problem with my Daytime Running Lights. My DRL do not seem to come on when I start and drive my car, however they do whenever I remove my key from the ignition and the car goes into the Turbo Cool-down. The DRL setup was an aftermarket installation from the previous owner, but I'm not really able to find who had performed the setup or the name of the kit if one was used.

                        Any thoughts or should I simply take my car into a nearby shop to have a look?


                        I'd start by checking any applicable fuses to the DRL circuit. If you can't find any blown fuses then it might be a problem with the actual DRL relay box, I'd check for signs of damage or corrosion of the connections.
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