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Frunk and Trunk electric release backlite stays on?


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The 2001 has frunk and rear trunk release switches by the driver's door. These are backlit so you can find 'em in the dark. The lights are LEDs so they don't take any power to speak of.

My problem is that unless the car is locked/alarmed, the backlights don't go off! If this happens overnight it won't harm the batt. But it killed my 6 yr old batt after being ON for a week or two without the car running.

I just changed the old batt and the problem remains. I can take the cover off and disconnect the LEDs I suppose, but I'd rather fix it right.

Any suggestions? One person already suggested that the ignoition switch may be the culprit. I just don't want to start changing parts all ofthe place until I get some more ideas. Sounds to me that there is a faulty timer relay somewhere.

Thanks......

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How did you notice it was still on ? I'll check mine.

Six years, on a battery isn't bad, maybe only how you've treated it would come into question. (I take mine inside and put on a charger periodically, no freezing temps what about water level.) But you've said you've tried a new battery.

Mine is an 01, so tell me how you noticed it was on. Did you look through the windows ? Open the windows, sit in the car and observe, then check ?

I have noticed that the interior lights didn't fade to off, once.(Came out a day or two later, and noticed the door interior lights were on and hot, indicating they've been on for a while.) Ever since I've looked to see if they fade off after removing keys and closing doors.

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6 years on any battery is blind luck. An average battery lasts 4 years and a few months.

If you wiggle the key in the igition switch does anything change? Do you have other odd electrical problems? If so, then it may indeed be the ignition switch (the car is 11 years old).

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The 2001 has frunk and rear trunk release switches by the driver's door. These are backlit so you can find 'em in the dark. The lights are LEDs so they don't take any power to speak of.

My problem is that unless the car is locked/alarmed, the backlights don't go off! If this happens overnight it won't harm the batt. But it killed my 6 yr old batt after being ON for a week or two without the car running.

I just changed the old batt and the problem remains. I can take the cover off and disconnect the LEDs I suppose, but I'd rather fix it right.

Any suggestions? One person already suggested that the ignoition switch may be the culprit. I just don't want to start changing parts all ofthe place until I get some more ideas. Sounds to me that there is a faulty timer relay somewhere.

Thanks......

Well, when the engine would not crank over I started looking around and noted that the frunk/trunk indicators were doing more than taking their time going off. That night I let them stay on all night (only 4 LEDs) and they were on in the morning.

No problem re the battery. As Loren said, it was on borrowed time and was easy to kill.

So, still looking for clues. At least I know the lights are off when the car is locked. I'm thinking about a faulty timer/relay. But which and where. Will research my Bentley's wiring diags tomorrow.

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