How do i turn off the clock light on a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am? My clock light wont turn off, and its draining my battery extremely fast.
The LED light would only use a tiny amount of power to stay lit, much less than any small bulb in the car. You might have a poor battery, or you might have a drain on the battery from something else staying on. Any parts store could test your battery for free. That's where I would start, making sure the battery can hold a full charge.
Is the clock light in a radio display? Maybe an amplifier or something connected with the radio is staying on? If the clock is a separate fixture (and I don't even know if they still put such things on cars lately- a separate clock, I mean), then the clock could be unplugged. I don't think there would be a way to turn the light off.
If you have a known good battery and it is still draining fast, there are YouTube videos and explanations on how to hunt down an unintended draw. Mechanics may refer to it as a "parasitic drain"
but it is really an unintended drain. Your car's computers, and security systems, and radio and clock memory will always require a very small amount of battery power when the car is shut off, but that amount is measured in milli-amps, very small fractions of 1 amp of power. usually less than 100 milliamps which is 0.100 amps, or 0.1 amp- see, much less than one single amp. A small bulb like under the dash may be rated at around 2 amps or up to 5 amps for typically larger bulbs. A small bulb might actually drain the battery over several hours. Headlights , you are talking lots of amps, I'm not certain but say around 20 amps. So you see, your clock light would have to have a bad short in the wiring to actually drain a good battery. The light itself would not. This is just me talking off the top of my head, I'm not an expert on electronics or electrical circuits, but I think the information is accurate.
Oct 07, 2016 |
1999 Pontiac Grand Am