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Not sure if my actual paper owners manual states this but one I downloaded says the fog light will work in either headlight or running light position. My fog lights only work with if the switch is in the headlight position and go off like they're supposed to when hi beams are turned on. Anyone else have their fogs illuminated when the fog light switch is on and running lights selected? My Abarth does not have any of the luxury or safety packages but does have an auto setting for the headlights.
 

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Anyone else have their fogs illuminated when the fog light switch is on and running lights selected?
Mine will only have the fog lights on with the headlights on in auto or manually switched on. Nothing with the parking lights or DRLs on.
 

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Mine will only have the fog lights on with the headlights on in auto or manually switched on. Nothing with the parking lights or DRLs on.
Ditto.

i tried every combination and could not get fog lights and DRL or fogs only to come on (was testing the look and spread of the LED fog light bulbs I put in). It does seem odd that the whole point is to light under the 'fog', but when the headlights are on, the reflected light just blinds you, regardless. Having said that, from all reports I've seen, fog lights are pretty useless anyway.

At some point, I'll get a wiring diagram and figure out if it's through the computer, or a separate standard relay system.
 

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If through the computer a tweak should be possible since certain headlight and interior light, turn signal and wiper settings can be changed through Infotainment settings.
 

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We're only allowed to use fog lights in fog here in Aus. They'll give you a ticket and a points deduction here for it.
 

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Ditto.

i tried every combination and could not get fog lights and DRL or fogs only to come on (was testing the look and spread of the LED fog light bulbs I put in). It does seem odd that the whole point is to light under the 'fog', but when the headlights are on, the reflected light just blinds you, regardless. Having said that, from all reports I've seen, fog lights are pretty useless anyway.

At some point, I'll get a wiring diagram and figure out if it's through the computer, or a separate standard relay system.
I'm sure its a lawyer driven choice - on the chance that someone might try to use their fog lights at night without the required headlights. The main goal for fog lights is to keep you from using your bright lights, which reflect drastically back at you. Headlights plus fog lights generally work fine together. Driving with fog lights only at night will give you a ticket in some places.
 

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Our Fiat Wrangler...er......Jeep Wrangler will allow the fogs lights on with running lights only. stock

I do use this feature when I want to be seen in heavy traffic or those in between morning and evening hours.

My last BMW allowed it as well.
 

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Our Fiat Wrangler...er......Jeep Wrangler will allow the fogs lights on with running lights only. stock

I do use this feature when I want to be seen in heavy traffic or those in between morning and evening hours.

My last BMW allowed it as well.
I imagine its more of a Mazda carry over. My 1 series BMW (2012) only allowed the fog lights with headlights - you had to push a button to activate them, but that only worked when the headlights were on. In any case, I just leave them all on auto and never have to think about it. I do wish it had an additional light on the dash for the fog lights as confirmation.
 

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Bump. I've been wondering more and more about this lately. I'm seeing more pictures of cars from Japan having the ability to run the fogs with just the halo parking lights and headlights off. US and Canadian spec cars can't do that. I wonder if anyone has found a way around that yet.
 

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I wish there was a simple hack to allow the fogs to illuminate anytime the switch and ignition were on and high beams off. My old 2007 Honda Fit had a very simple addition of one short wire under the steering column to accomplish that. We have that car to our Son and he traded it in. I often wonder if the dealer or new owners ever noticed.
 

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I wish there was a simple hack to allow the fogs to illuminate anytime the switch and ignition were on and high beams off. My old 2007 Honda Fit had a very simple addition of one short wire under the steering column to accomplish that. We have that car to our Son and he traded it in. I often wonder if the dealer or new owners ever noticed.
Well, you could completely bypass the OEM wiring for them and tie them into a switch under your dash. I modified my rear lower light housing to support dual rear fogs (red), and have them tied to a switch that sits just above the hood release on the lower dash. And don't ask me why the photo is rotated. It's normal portrait orientation when I view it anywhere else, but as soon as it gets pasted in here, the site flips it sideways. :)
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Well, you could completely bypass the OEM wiring for them and tie them into a switch under your dash. I modified my rear lower light housing to support dual rear fogs (red), and have them tied to a switch that sits just above the hood release on the lower dash. And don't ask me why the photo is rotated. It's normal portrait orientation when I view it anywhere else, but as soon as it gets pasted in here, the site flips it sideways. :)
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I run fog lights and headlights on high beam during the day. This car is a motorcycle; it needs as many lights on as possible to be seen.
 
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