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Old 06-03-2010, 09:58 AM
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Turn off hatch lights on X5 while tailgate is open?

Does anyone know of a way to turn off the two small lights in the back hatch while it is open? We leave it open for long periods of time, and don't want it to drain the battery. Also, they have never gone off automatically (i.e. not after 15, 30+ minutes of being open).
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:59 PM
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I discovered the same - there appears to be no way to turn them off. Contrary to what the manual says, lights do not go off after 15 minutes. I will bring up this issue when I take my car into dealership for another issue, but not sure how much help they will be.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:35 PM
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I have an 01 X5 that I use as a home inspection vehicle [245,000 miles on it]. I leave the back doors open for 3-4 hours at a time, sometimes twice a day - never had a battery problem. I have replaced the battery 3 times [once when it was 3 days old on warranty.] I wouldn't worry too much about it. I can't remember even repalcing a bulb, but maybe I did once.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:23 AM
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There is a simple fix for this. Close the locking mechanism on the upper hatch. Simply use a pencil or pen to do this. When you want to close the hatch, make sure to press the hatch button to unlock the latch before closing. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:37 AM
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Hi There I have the same issue
I guess you can remove the bulbs ( I may do this )
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Old 12-23-2017, 03:04 PM
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Thank you Jetblackstreak for your easy and successful solution. Cheers.
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Old 12-24-2017, 05:52 PM
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Thank you Jetblackstreak for your easy and successful solution. Cheers.
Just be careful. I have done that and son not knowing that I have done it, slammed the hatch...
And latch mechanism cost $350 ...

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Old 12-26-2017, 07:45 PM
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If I remember right just push the dome light button up front. It turns off all the lights if the doors or hatch is open. I know it worked on the front lights and I think it worked on the hatch ones too.
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Old 12-28-2017, 04:13 PM
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If I remember right just push the dome light button up front. It turns off all the lights if the doors or hatch is open. I know it worked on the front lights and I think it worked on the hatch ones too.
+1 on this!
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:40 PM
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Just be careful. I have done that and son not knowing that I have done it, slammed the hatch...
And latch mechanism cost $350 ...
Definitely another +1 to this, but you my have unnecessarily spent that money... I broke mine, and found that it's basically just a plastic piece within the mechanism that breaks. You can zip-tie it, and it returns to normal (ish) function.... There's a post about it somewhere if you google it.
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:35 PM
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Definitely another +1 to this, but you my have unnecessarily spent that money... I broke mine, and found that it's basically just a plastic piece within the mechanism that breaks. You can zip-tie it, and it returns to normal (ish) function.... There's a post about it somewhere if you google it.
Believe me I have looked a that very closely and this thing got damaged quite well. and zip-tie maybe good to get you home but I would not consider it as a permanent fix.
I do not partially or "sort of" fix broken things - if it can't be fixed by means of restoring 100% original performance/operation, I replace it.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:47 PM
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Believe me I have looked a that very closely and this thing got damaged quite well. and zip-tie maybe good to get you home but I would not consider it as a permanent fix.
I do not partially or "sort of" fix broken things - if it can't be fixed by means of restoring 100% original performance/operation, I replace it.
I get that but not all of us have the money to shell out on a complete replacement, when the fix restored complete use of the hatch other than the fact that I have to be at the hatch to open it.
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:30 PM
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put LED bulbs in the hatch. You could leave it open for a week and the battery wouldn't care, but the cats might move into your ride.
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Old 10-24-2019, 08:33 AM
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LED light swap is great way to avoid a dead battery issue as the rear hatch lights will get so hot if left open it melts plastic clips and light unit falls out, so replace bulbs with LED's and it will not be an issue, you can leave lights on for weeks without heat or battery drain.
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