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Radio won't turn off.

I have a 2003 Alero, and the radio won't turn off after the key is out of the ignition. I have to turn it off, but clock light stays on, and battery died. I was wondering if there is a constant power drain. I have had it looked at by a mechanic who thought it was a faulty sensor in the door. He could not find the problem. This wasn't a problem when I bought the vehicle, but has happened 3 times now. I have bought a new battery, but with - 30 C temps, am wondering if this could be a factory defect or recall. I don't feel like buying a new battery every couple of months!!! Going crazy in Canada!!!

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  • doddcha Feb 05, 2009

    I've also got an '03 alero with the same problem, just started in the last few weeks.

  • maddend Mar 30, 2009

    My 2003 Chevy Cavalier has the same problem. The radio is supposed to turn off when the driver's door is open but after I drove the car tonight, I could not get the radio to turn off automatically. I turned the radio off but the clock stayed on. I'm sure I will have a dead battery in the morning. After leaving the engine turned off for awhile, I went back out to the car and was able to turn the radio on without starting the engine. What's going on with my car?

  • Anonymous May 04, 2009

    Olds 2003 Alero: We turn off the ignition key, get out of the car (the radio has turned off as it should), and then about ten seconds later the radio comes back on. We have to get back in the car, put the key in the ignition and turn it off again. If we don't pay attention, the battery runs down as a result of the radio being on.

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The radio should still shut off after 20 minutes even if the door is not opened. If it stays on longer than this there is still a problem..

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If the key is out of the ignition, the door is open and the radio is still on, it's a bad door jamb switch.

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The car was made so that the radio stays on after you turn off the car and take the key out. It shuts off as soon as the drivers side door opens.

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