Tail Lights Stay On

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man


Bob,
Hello! I was just walking the dog around the block, and we got to where my car was parked (it was just getting dark), and I noticed that just my tail lights were on. (I drove to and from work today in complete daylight, without using my headlights, with no problems.) I got into the car and tried to start it in neutral and it sounded like the battery was dead. It just made that click sound and wouldn't turn over. When I put it into first gear with my foot on the clutch, it reluctantly started. I tried every dial and switch on the dashboard, tapped the brakes, etc., and then I drove it around the block a few times, hoping that something would happen. When I parked it again, I had the same problem. I disconnected the lights for the time being. Do you think this is a case of a failing alternator? If not, any other ideas?
Susan

Susan,
It sounds more like a short in the rear light wiring and/or the switch that is keeping the lights on. Once you figure out what is causing that issue, I think everything should be okay. However, between now and then, you might put a strain on your battery and alternator by recharging the battery so frequently.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man


Have a car care question? Visit our automotive center and see if we've already answered it or a similar question.

Stay Connected with TDS






TDS Pinner Of The Month




Subscribe to TDS Newsletters

Join over 250,000 other subscribers!

Join Fido!

Discounted movie tickets
Sign up for Savvy Savings at TDS and get a free membership for discounted movie tickets!

Your Email:


The Dollar Stretcher
Dollar Stretcher Parents
Dollar Stretcher Tips
Surviving Tough Times
Financial Independence
The Computer Lady
Computer Lady Lessons
Healthy Foods

Your Email:


View the TDS Privacy Policy.