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The dash lights stay on as we'll as park lights when car is running and it's killing my battery

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If they all went to the radio cut them flush your shorting every thing out red is battery pos yellow ignition black ground any blue goes to antenna or amp green/green stripe gray gray stripe orany pairs the same color are speakers

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If its killing your battery while the car is running you have other issues. You should have the alternator should be tested.

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68 mustang with 302 engine. Was running, parked it to get a bite to eat, then it would not start, got power but engine doesn't turn.


i suspect that the battery is at fault
power to run radios and dash light is fine but the load to start an engine ( over 500 amps) kills a bad battery
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My Jeep Cherokee Limited 2004 is draining the battery when off. The Car heater/ac fan runs constantly and the interior lights stay on. When I jumped the car, the engine died when not pumping the acc


only the HL and parking work , key off.
find what lamps glow, key off.??
there are lots of interiour lamps.
dome lamps
dash park lamps
dash warning lamps
map lamps
foot lamps. lots more,. name some.
with keys in pocket, and HL and park switch off.
best is to do this in the dark.

and thus the name Dark current. (or phantom drains.)

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Parking, dash lights stay on


sounds like your relay is going out lights stay on for about three minutes then go out is normal but for them to stay on is not .make sure your dash dimmer switch is in correct position also you can before you go in turn lights on then off that will reset timer.

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99 chevy dash,parking running lights don't work!


did you replace the dimmer switch on the dash by the headlight switch

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Park lights will not go off


Sounds normal. There's a timer that keeps park lights on for a set time. Oops, just saw it's killing your battery? Do they always go off after a short time, or just "usually..."? You should time the length they stay on. Just a moment or two should not run your battery seriously down. I think you may have a weak or old battery that won't charge good, OR the lights stay on too long, or something else is drawing current from your battery after you shut the car off (like a short). I would check the battery condition, and have someone do the very simple test for drawing power after car is off- called a "parasitic draw test". If you have a test light, here's how: disconnect the positive lead from the battery and touch the probe of test light to the positive lead. The other end or clip of test light will go to positive post of the battery. See, you are just completing the circuit again with the test light in line. If anything like a short or a trunk light bulb, or glovebox light is on, it is drawing current when car is off and draining the battery. But you will know it because the light in the test light is ON. Your park lights will not drain very much at all by just being on 5 minutes or so after you turn car off. Something else is killing your battery, maybe you have a weak alternator or battery.
I had to re-read your post. I sort-of assumed that the park lights were working normally from your statement. Guess I should have asked did you ever go back and check them being on an hour later? That is surely a problem in that circuit

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I have a 1996 mercury cougar, wich i parked because the car wont turn off when i put the igntion in the off postion, the car stays on so i have to kill it by un plugging the plugs under the hood the...


Could be a stuck relay.

I suggest you obtain a wiring diagram for reference and use a voltmeter or test lamp to discover what points are remaining live when they should be switched off.

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Battery lite came just replaced the battery and chkd alternator (it was good). I jump the battery and trk stays running about 10 mins and dies. Could it still be the alternator?


i might be a bad altinator but i would double check your battery. a bad battery will kill a new altinator. does the battery light stay on? if the battery light on the dash is not on you may have another problem...

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2000 dodge durango kills my battery every day


I HAD SAME PROBLEM WITH BATTERY DRAINING IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE LIGHT UNDER THE HOOD WAS HANGING AND STAYING ON... GOOD LUCK

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Had the same problem and it was a short in the trailer light hook-up.

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The dash lights stay on even after the car is shut off. It's killing the battery! I had a small fire behind the radio and I pulled all the wires apart and everything? please help


there are factory wires that dim the factory radio lights ..........that wire has probably melted to a constant powered wire and is back feeding the dash lights...........Check the wires that got burned and remove any melted wires........also the fire\short could have damaged the dash light dimmer switch and or the head\park light switch..(you may have to do some serious digging to find your problem in the wiring.i have seen this problem before and in the most serious cases had to replace the harness behind the dash)
hope this helps........Good luck!

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