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Took the bulb out of the hood because it was staying on with car off can it still drain my battery with no bulb in it

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No, it wont,, the bulb lighting means that the circuit is completed, without the bulb there is no power flow and therefor drain..

but just a bit of information, you can also pull the fuse for the hood light in the fuse panel, its easier than taking out the bulb.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

  • william beightol Jan 12, 2013

    turned out it was to small of a battery for the car lol

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