Running Lamps

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Hi Bob,
I have been told to disconnect the headlights that are on day and night when the car is turned on. I know that they are a safety feature, but I have been told they wear out the alternator really quickly. Comments?

The lamps that you are referring to are called Day Time Running Lamps. If the car came equipped with this feature from the manufacturer, then nothing needs to be done as the added load of the lights running was taken into account when the electrical system was designed. However, if they were added as an after-market item, then it is possible that they could over burden the alternator.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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