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Old 04-22-2016, 11:29 PM   #1
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Park light

I've searched and don't see an answer...

Why is the park indicator staying illuminated on my 2000 323 ci?

When sitting for a few days the battery is dying. I'm new to this car. So what am I'm not turning off?

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Old 04-22-2016, 11:30 PM   #2
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Sorry, it's an automatic and I'm referring to the "park" indicator on the shift assembly.
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:40 PM   #3
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Your car isn't going to sleep. As to why, that's something you'll have to figure out.
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:53 PM   #4
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park indicator? like your gear selection? idk then .
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:58 PM   #5
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Yes, the gear selection.
Key is out. Everything I can think of is off. Sitting in the garage.
Makes no sense to me.
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:07 AM   #6
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Is it on even after 10-15 mins from locking the car? The car should be in sleep mode after that time if there is no interruption.
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Old 04-23-2016, 01:22 AM   #7
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Do you have navigation? What happens when you lock the car?
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:39 AM   #8
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Stays on all the time. Just checked and it's still on from last night.

Car is not locked, because it's in the garage with top down. I'll lock it and see if it makes a difference.

The car does not have navigation.

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Old 04-23-2016, 11:00 AM   #9
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Mines always on. I suspect it's designed that way. It isn't the reason for your draining battery though... It doesn't pull nearly enough power to drain your entire battery.

I've had my car for year and my previous owner bought it new ... It's been on that whole time ....
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Old 04-23-2016, 01:35 PM   #10
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Thanks, I suspect my battery is going bad. It's after sitting for a week or more though.
I locked and unlocked the car and now it's turning off. Simple solution I should have tried first.
It's not being driven. I'm waiting for crap tons of parts to arrive so I can get it drivable and dependable in the next month or so.

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Old 04-23-2016, 04:21 PM   #11
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It should turn off after 15 minutes, that's when the car goes to "sleep mode". Once you press the key fob or pull a door handle it will turn on again.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:24 PM   #12
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Pull fuse 37 at night and see if your battery stops draining and report back.
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