How To: Fix 1997 Honda Accord DRL Relay

A common problem with the Daytime Running Light (DRL) module in many 90’s Honda vehicles is cold solder joints at the relays in the control module. These develop over time, and cause sometimes intermittent issues with running lights. I encountered this problem, which would usually present itself on mornings with lots of dew, and would fix itself sometime during my commute to work. Rather than pay a mechanic to repair or replace the module, you can do it yourself with some basic tools.

A Google search will reveal many forums and sites with instructions to fix this problem: here are the two links which I consulted prior to performing these repairs.

http://www.nyx.net/~smanley/hondadrlfix/index.html
http://www.hondaaccordforum.com/forum/general-tech-help-7/drl-fix-3719/

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Thursday, August 18th, 2011 car, electronics


2 Comments to How To: Fix 1997 Honda Accord DRL Relay

  • Tom Mojica says:

    Totally worked! You are awesome. Thank you for saving me $200.

    • Dan says:

      Glad to hear it! The same type of fix applies to issues with the main relay. The contacts crack and it no longer gives power to the fuel pump, so it won’t start. Nothing complicated to fix, just a matter of resoldering the pins!

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