Manual CDL by Shorting Connectors?

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  1. aamiggia

    aamiggia

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    I thought that I've read some guys using a rear defroster switch to act as a CDL. Is it possible to temporaily short some connections on the CDL harness to make it lock?

    I've searched and couldn't find what I'm looking for.

    I need to trouble shoot a driveline GRRRR and I don't have a CDL and can't wait for one.
     
  2. alia176

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    Use your hazard button to plug into the CDL harness!
     
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    Is it that easy?

    Do you know if the connectors are the same?
     
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    Yup, identical! That's why I mentioned it!
     
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    very nice, thanks.

    Why would I want to by a CDL switch when I can easily get a 2nd Hazard switch? It must be an aesthetics thing.
     
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    Because it will say 'Center diff lock' on the switch instead of 'Hazard'. Getting the CDL switch is as easy as asking your dealer for one and handing them ~$50. You could probably get the hazard switch from a junkyard, but then you could probably get the CDL switch from a junkyard too, if you looked a little harder.

    -Spike
     
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    Only if life were that easy.

    In my neck of the woods a CDL from the dealer is $137.07 + 15% = $157.63 CDN and will take a few weeks to get.

    Is it bad for the system if I drive around without the front shaft and the diff locked? I can't see why it would be, but better safe than sorry.
     
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    It is not bad for the system. I drove for a few months like this. (CDL locked, front shaft removed)
     
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    FYI, Im in BC and I ordered the switch from Slee Off-road for around $50 US, landed to my door for around $65
     
  10. alia176

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    If you do a search, you'll find lots of info on driving around w/o the front DS for various reasons - fuel economoy, better handling, etc..

    Good luck.
     
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    Did the Hazard Switch in place of the CDL this weekend. Worked like a charm, except I had to notch the plastic to fit the harness into it.

    I now know why you shouldn't drive around with out the hazard switch. No turnn signals! :doh: I didn't figure that out until I got a whole lot of dirty looks from other drivers. :eek:

    One CDL is on order from Dan the man!

    Thanks, alia176
     
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    LOL, I didn't realize that's the side effect of using the hazard switch!

    You're welcome.

    Ali
     
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