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Old 07-04-2015, 07:49 PM
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Turn signal stalk keeps lights illuminated!

I've been meaning to ask about this. If I inadvertently leave the turn signal stalk engaged for left or right, the lamps stay illuminated when I exit the car. My fear is that I forget and wake up to a dead battery. Is this normal? Can this feature be disabled?
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It's all explained in the Owner's Manual.

Standard for European cars to have the side/parking lights on that one side remain on (that is, the side the turn signal stalk is positioned at).

Dealer could program it off but it will cost. You could argue that one-sided parking lights are not required by law in N. America and therefore the car should have been delivered to you with that facility coded out.
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Do I have to worry about these being on and waking up to a dead battery? That seems real easy to do.
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Do I have to worry about these being on and waking up to a dead battery? That seems real easy to do.
The standing light (aka parking light) only illuminates a single light in the front and a single light in the rear. A number of years ago, I was told that it should be good for about 8 hours of illumination. I don't think I would want to test this, however.....

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Not if your battery is in a good state of charge.

Did I answer your question correctly - it is just the side lights and on one side only? If so, Europeans in many places have to park overnight like that and they don't get dead batteries.

If you park outside, just visually check your car when you lock it.
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Not if your battery is in a good state of charge.

Did I answer your question correctly - it is just the side lights and on one side only? If so, Europeans in many places have to park overnight like that and they don't get dead batteries.

If you park outside, just visually check your car when you lock it.
Yes, you answered. It's just one side and it took me awhile to figure this was normal, although I hadn't read the info in the manual.
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