Tail Lights Stay On
courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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?
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.
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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