Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 06:15:33 GMT
From: Ferney <mferneyNOF'>
Subject: lights turn on when car is off (?) WTF?

OK. Here's one for the group. This is my roommate's car and we're havin trouble figuring out what's going on. Saab 9000 Turbo from 1992 So, here's how the story goes. I came home one day and parked my car; when I got out I saw my roommate's Saab and the lights were on. In fact, the second I saw them on they turned off. My assumption was that he just gotten home and the lights stay on for a bit when he turns off the car. When I commented about this to him in the house, he responded that he had been home for a while. Weird. Why were his lights on? Nothing was really thought about it. Now, we're about 3 months later and the car is spending a lot of time at the curb, as my roommate has been biking to work lately. All of a sudden, his car's battery is dead. The ususal assumptions are made; did you leave the lights on? Is it time to replace the battery? So, the battery was charged; car started. Turned it off for a bit; car started. Didn't seem like there was something wrong with the battery. A few days later (with the battery having died again), my friend mentions that he saw his headlights go on as he was walking to his car earlier. This reminded me of the earlier situation I mentioned, and we came to the conclusion that the lights are turning on when the car is off (for short periods of time we think). But why? This is my question. He thinks it might be a couple of wires that are making contact, but this just doesn't seem to make any sense to me. Initially, he was leaving the headlights on all the time (as they turn off when you turn off the car). He has since stopped doing this and it has made no difference. The car's lights still come on intermittantly without reason or warning (he tells me he has seen this a couple of times now and they're on for about 10 seconds or so). Has anyone heard of such a thing, or is the car just haunted? He has resorted to unhooking the terminals from the battery every time he parks it; this works; however, not an ideal solution. your opinions and advice are much appreciated. Andrew

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