Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Running lights and tail lights stay on when the engine is off and the key removed

asked by on

After I stop the car, turn off the key and park, my headlights and rear lights stay on. I know a little about cars, so I removed the fuse in order to not drain the battery until I know what to do. How do I fix this?

A: Hello. It sounds like your time delay in th...

Hello. It sounds like your time delay in the control module is not working. It may also be a short in the switch but that is not as likely. The retained power relay may be failing or the control module itself may be failing. I typically access the module and see if it will stop supplying power when it times out. If it does not, then the module is bad. If you are going to have this repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your headlights and make any needed repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Driver's side low beam light is dim, even after replacing the bulb.

Did you see any corrosion or a broken connector on the dimmer side? Corrosion can build up in the circuit and rod the bulb of voltage causing a dim light. A technician with access to a wiring diagram can trace...

Q: Just replaced battery and brakes, why won't my starter engage?

Hi There, It sounds like you may have a faulty starter solenoid or starter relay. If you hear a clicking sound when turning the key, it is likely that your starter solenoid may be faulty. The starter solenoid is located...

Q: Headlight stuck

The flip-up headlights have motors in them that enable the flip motion. The fuses in the motor circuit, motors, and wiring, all should be checked for wear or damage. The motor itself may have failed. Have an experienced technician, like...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.