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Old 05-15-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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No matter which fuse I plug my hot wire into, underneath the passenger kick panel, it always stays hot even after the car is shut off and locked. What gives?
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Well, heres a thought. When you turn the car off and remove the key, all your accessories stay on for a certain amount of time or until the door is opened. It's got some kind of relay that keeps everything powered. So have you tried checking for ignition power with the keys out and the door open?
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Well here's what I did; I ran a wire from the fuse labeled left low beam to the volt meter illumination bulb. It works! However when the low beams aren't on it's still on. When the car is turned off and I hit the lock button and the car honks its still on. 5 minutes after that when nothing is lit up or appears to be powered on, the volt meter illumination bulb is still lit up. It's got me puzzled.
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No matter which fuse I plug my hot wire into, underneath the passenger kick panel, it always stays hot even after the car is shut off and locked. What gives?
Are u running a hardwire for radar detector??
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No radar detector at all
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:24 PM   #6
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Try running it to the radio fuse. Anytime I've ever installed speakers and an amp I use the radio fuse.
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What you should do is get a digital mutlimeter and test every fuse till you find one that gives you 12v when you turn the key on.. And then goes to 0v when the key is turned off.. Make sure headlights radio lights and all accessories are off while doing this... It's possible that one of those fuses will not work and then you will have to either check at fuse box under hood or find an acc/ignition wire by testing the same way..

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Which would be under steering column.. What are you hooking up again?
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I'm just hooking up an autometer volt gauge

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Try running it to the radio fuse. Anytime I've ever installed speakers and an amp I use the radio fuse.
Tried that. Same thing happened. Like I said this is weird.
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I found one! The fuse for the blower motor is the ticket! I WIN!
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I found one! The fuse for the blower motor is the ticket! I WIN!
Congrats. That sounded like a cluster****.
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I found one! The fuse for the blower motor is the ticket! I WIN!
That's because the blower motor cuts off immediately when the key is turned off as opposed to staying powered up for a bit like the radio and windows do. I should've thought of that before.
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That's about the jist of what I said. The relay must be after the fuse block explaining why almost everything has constant power. :/
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That's about the jist of what I said. The relay must be after the fuse block explaining why almost everything has constant power. :/
It's called retained accessory power just FYI...
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Which just goes to show, we all learn something new every day. Thanks for the replies!
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