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#1 OFFLINE   walkabout

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:29 AM

Is there a way to turn off all interior lighting when unloading the car? I go car calling and the car will stay in place for days while I hike to trail heads. All the loading and unloading then drains the battery. My last car,a the series wagon, would always give me some kind of low battery warning afterward.





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#2 OFFLINE   akirby

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 11:19 AM

There is a door function button on the overhead console that turns off the courtesy lamps when you open the door. 



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 12:38 PM

Yes, I'm aware of that button but it does not disable the lighting in the cargo area.  So, if I'm loading and unloading over a long period of time I can still drain the battery.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 12:52 PM

Do you have the moonroof?  Without it there seems to be an all lights off button that sounds like it would do what you want but I don't see that button on the moonroof version in the owner's manual.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:25 PM

Yes, I have a moonroof.  The lights off button works for the main cabin (and, I should have been using it more this weekend).  I still get a cargo area light coming on when I open the hatch. 



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:41 PM

Yes, I have a moonroof.  The lights off button works for the main cabin (and, I should have been using it more this weekend).  I still get a cargo area light coming on when I open the hatch. 

 

Isn't that a LED?  I don't see where that would drain the battery.  It's more likely draining from just sitting.  Just crank it up for a few minutes once every couple of days.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:54 PM

You see the issue though.  It would be way more convenient to just have a switch that turns off the light.  An LED will still drain with enough opening and closing. 

 

My BMW didn't even have a way to turn off the cabin lights and they were not LEDs either. 



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 03:59 PM

Yep I understand.  Probably wouldn't be hard to wire in a switch at the light.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:33 PM

FWIW, this is a common complaint. I googled the issue and saw Ford Edge and Explorer owners complaining (and that is just Ford vehicles, most SUVs on the road have similar problems).



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:56 AM

I too complained about the lack of an "off" function for the cargo area illumination.








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