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When I turn the key off, it is like disconnecting the battery.

I have no interior lights, radio, can't use cig. lighter, and loose my power locks. I have to turn the key on to automatically lock doors. It is a 98 dodge caravan. Any ideas?

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    teakpalmer May 11, 2010

    do you have an alarm sys hooked up to it?



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Does the car have a battery kill switch installed with its alarm system? It sounds as though when you cut off the key it engages the kill switch which removes power from the vehicle when the key is removed and the alarm is tripped.

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