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So I have to bring in the SS for the window regulator replacement (bad when I got the car) and I asked them about making a few Tech2 changes as well which they were cool with. I then asked them about shutting off the DRL's to which they replied they weren't sure they were able, but that they had done it on prior years... so far so good, right?

Does anybody have some instructions for an 07 9-3 SS to shut 'em down? I'd love to bring them a sheet of paper that tells them exactly how to do it.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! :cheesy:
 

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This is from the FAQ, it worked for most of us over the last few years. Although there has been some discussion about newer models not complying...


In Diagnostic Mode:
Diag>200x(insert year digit for x)>9-3 Sport
Body>Exterior Lighting and Horn
Low beam adjustments.
F0. Auto Low Beam also in Pos 0.
Change setting to NO
6 seconds later,lights flicker and go out. Exit.

Then:
Go to:
Fog Lights Front.
Change to Position 1 & 2 ROW (Rest of World) Program and Exit.

This will give you:

Pos 0 > No Lights
Pos1 > Fogs and 5 Watt Headlamp / Parking Light
Pos3 > Low Beam, High Beam, Manual Control of Fogs.

Note: In many cases, including mine, the taillights still stay on??? No-one seems to have found the solution to that one.
 

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Thanks...

JonV, thanks for that... i've yet to figure out what it means, but are you using some kind of computer to do this?

I'm guessing any Saab dealer or specialist will have this diagnostic equipment right?

So the wiring does not need to be changed... that sounds too good to be true if it works!

I don't know if they'll do this for me in Canada, so i might have to take it to the US. (unless of course my assumptions are wrong and I can do this on my own without special equipment.

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mixmaster said:
but are you using some kind of computer to do this?

I'm guessing any Saab dealer or specialist will have this diagnostic equipment right?
Yes, it's the Tech II device that Saab dealers use to diagnose and change settings (like DRLs, door lock preferences, etc). All Saab dealers have one and some independents do as well but it's costly for an indy shop if they don't work on a lot of the newer cars.

Some dealers charge for Tech II changes, some don't. Also, some dealers will change settings (like DRLs) while other won't claiming they aren't allowed, it's illegal, etc. I think many times when dealers won't change a setting it's likely because they don't know how - the Tech II menu can be a bit daunting if it's not used much by smaller shops.

Get to know your service center and butter them up a bit so hopefully they will change your settings at no charge, especially if you are having other service performed at the same time.
 

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yeah i think the illegal part is so BULL cause if it was illegal to turn off drls, why can you turn them off in other gm cars? and also! drl's off extend the life of the xenon bulbs cause they arent being used all the time
 

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Thanks guys,

Yeah, the Canadian rules are a bit dumb... i understand them to some degree but yeah, the rules are set up because of the different drivers here... (a lot of people from Asia drive like they are in their home countries still... and I'm not being racist here, just that you have to live there to understand the different road rules).

I'll try and get in with the Saab service people.... thanks for the advice.

d
 

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i took mine to an independant saab specialist, they did it for me for cheaper than what the dealer charges me for tech2 changes.
 

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I'll check with the local specialist and the dealership...

there are younger guys who work at the dealership and an older gang who work at the Saab specialist in my town... now to figure out who will do the Tech II upgrade and change my DRLs.
 

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DRL's?

I'm a little confused here... my service manager told me that my '07 9-3 Aero does not have DRL's, but has automatic headlights (i.e. low beams that are on all the time). To be DRL's, you have to turn on the high beams at 1/2 power.

So I rephrased my request and the auto headlights are now turned off (use the normal light switch to turn on/off), but the back lights are on all the time.

Does anyone know how to turn on the DRL's (the high beams at 1/2 power)? My dealer didn't know how. I'd to that if I could (instead of wasting the Xenon headlights during the day).
 

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I'm a little confused here... my service manager told me that my '07 9-3 Aero does not have DRL's, but has automatic headlights (i.e. low beams that are on all the time). To be DRL's, you have to turn on the high beams at 1/2 power.
You have/had DRLs; there is no option for the high beams at half power. You are one of the anomaly that still has taillights on though.
 

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Well, It must not be able to be done anymore... I have a latest updated Tech II and just looked through all of the lighting options, and DRLs are not there. I do believe that the Tech II senses that it is a US build, therefore not allowing the change. It will also not allow you to go back a year or so.

If anyone knows how to force the Tech II to do what we want, I'd like to experiment again. I'll still play too, and let you all know what I find.

Thanks.
 

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Yep. I'm very willing to turn them off for myself:cheesy: , but I can't figure out how... Just spent some more quality time with the Tech II and no luck.
 

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If you figure it out, let me know. From your post it appears we are both in the metro Detroit area. Maybe we can strike up a deal.




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Yep. I'm very willing to turn them off for myself:cheesy: , but I can't figure out how... Just spent some more quality time with the Tech II and no luck.
 

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My dealer did it (along with a host of other TechII changes) for free as part of the 90-day TechII 'Customization' routine.

And those are the exact instructions (ok, I changed it to read for MY2006) that I gave my dealer. The service manager confirmed that they are (were, at the time) correct and a big help to their tech in making sure they did exactly what I had requested. No taillights when off, fogs work with parking,normal, and high beam lights. Headlights still shut off when the key is out of the ignition, so I can just leave the headlights 'on' and still have DRL's. Absolutely love the change and it's the way the car should be.


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i took mine to an independant saab specialist, they did it for me for cheaper than what the dealer charges me for tech2 changes.
 

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Well, It must not be able to be done anymore... I have a latest updated Tech II and just looked through all of the lighting options, and DRLs are not there. I do believe that the Tech II senses that it is a US build, therefore not allowing the change. It will also not allow you to go back a year or so.

If anyone knows how to force the Tech II to do what we want, I'd like to experiment again. I'll still play too, and let you all know what I find.

Thanks.
In past Incarnations of Tech II, the screen would ask "Is this a US Vehicle", you would have to check the NO box to continue to disable the DRL's. Now the buzz is, DRL's can no longer be disabled on the 07/08's. But to the best of my Knowledge, no-one has been able to positively confirm or Deny this, other than an "I heard" or "I Know someone".

AN ASIDE: We also need someone with an 07/08 to scan and post the current list of Tech II options as we are working with a 5 year old version in the FAQ.
 

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I have an 07 Aero SS and my dealer said no way - I am very interested in finding out if it can still be done. Waiting for confirmation.
 

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proline said:
I have an 07 Aero SS and my dealer said no way - I am very interested in finding out if it can still be done. Waiting for confirmation.
JonV is absolutely correct. We're all working on '03-'06 assumptions. What we need here is either someone who works with the TechII system to confirm it, or for someone who is about to buy an '07/'08 to tell the dealership that the sale will only happen on the condition that they disable the DRL's. This would be the best way to motivate a dealer to actually do it. Having a dealership say, 'no, sorry, can't do it' when it's a condition of sale would be enough proof for me that it's just not possible any longer.

Post sale, it is all to easy for a dealer to say that it's not possible when in reality it technically is.
 
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