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Front Hood (Trunk) Light

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I think I might have done something very stupid.

I stored my Boxster indoors at a very affordable and reliable garage / barn.

We left the hood open because if the battery dies the hood is almost impossible to open.

Did I just doom my battery to drain. There has to be a light that is sucking the life out of the battery right now.

Am I correct or should I relax?

Please let me know.



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Yes, there is a light, and it will drain the battery. The light unclips from the lining, and you can just pull the connector off the bottom to disconnect it. I always do that if I'm working on the car with the hood open for any length of time. Alternatively you could pull the fuse for the interior lights.

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If you leave either of the trunks open the lights will shut off after 2 hours. When I get home from work I park in the garage and leave my trunks open until the following morning. Lights go out after 2 hours. I think this is stated in the owners manual. I even timed it. If you open and close a door during the 2 hours then it takes another 2 hours for the trunk lights to go out.

Richard is from the UK and maybe Lucas does the electrical system for UK cars. :lol:

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T-P, you are absolutely right :notworthy: - I have never given it the chance to time-out. That will teach me to read the manual :oops: . Here's what it says (996):

If the ignition key is removed, loads which are

switched on or in standby (e.g. power windows,

luggage compartment lighting, interior light,

radio) are automatically switched off after approximately

2 hours.

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Did not know if it was different for a UK car. The 2 hours for the radio is true. When I'm playing around in the garage sometimes I listen to the car radio and it shuts itself off after 2 hours. Then I have to turn it on again.

Looks like Lucas does the brake booster, not the electrics.


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