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Old 06-22-2004, 12:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so I was wondering about those parking light indicators that europeans use when they park on a narrow street. The ones that are activated when you turn your signal indicator to either direction and that side's marker is illuminated... Anyway, I'm sure this sounds like a dumb question, but if I have the marker on all night, would I find a decrease in battery charge the next morning? What if I do it every night, would I eventually notice a change, or shorten the battery's lifespan?

I only ask cause my girlfriends house is on a VERY VERY DARK street covered with trees. I'm just worried, that on this street with cars comming by every so often that my car would be hit. The street is narrow as there is no shoulder to park on and her driveway has a large ditch at the beginning so I would've plowed it while parking there....

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Old 06-23-2004, 04:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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40+ views and 40 hours time and not one response?
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I would just go ahead and say yes. Only because I left my running lights on before school one day (not headlights or my brights, just my side corners) and I went to go and start my car that afternoon and the battery was dead. If you're really worried, go to hardware ace or whatever hardware store you have near you, and pick up one of those orange reflective triangles construction/amish people use!
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i always used it without any problems. this also goes for the current car in the us.
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Thanks you two, I appreciate the posts. I guess it's 50/50. Maybe it depends on some factors like the condition of the battery and alternator.....
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I would have replied to you dude, but since i am still not quite sure as to what kind of reflector lights your talking about, as here in Australia, i am not sure if that is available. I haven't seen it. However, i was just wondering, what yr model is your BMW? because, as far as i heard. While your car is switched off, after 15-minutes or so, i heard that the E-46 3-series, goes to sleep mode, therefore even if you left your headlights on, they turn off after 15-Minutes. This is to save battery life.
I am not quite sure if this is 100% true though.
So, if you left your reflector lights on at night, they probably would turn off after a while, without the ignition key in.
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Ohrid, the lights i'm talking about are turned on when... the car is off, you move the signal indicator to turn on either the left blinkers or the right ones. But instead of blinking, they just stay on. A bit dimmed, but on. Try it your self. We never really use it here in the US, but our cars are still programed with it. Like I said in the previous post, the lights are used mainly in Europe on narrow streets at night, at least that is what i've been told. Oh and I drive a 1999 328i, E46 body style.

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Ahh, i get you now. what a nifty trick! well sorry man i am not sure about that, because this si the first tie i am hearing about this. but just a general asumption, as you say, they are a bit dimmed, therefore there are set on 'low' power management, or sleep mode, so i doubt they would drain the battery much at all. Its a bit like a car alarm. As long as you drive it, it recharges. If you leave the car alarm on, for like 2 weeks straight, your battery it will die. It happend to me, when I went oerseas, I forgot to disconnect the battery and i left the car alarm on, for almost 2 months, and the car didn't start, when i got back.
So if you could leave a car alarm over night, i don't see why you couldn't leave the indicators on either, as they both must be powered by the battery in an efficient way, to last that long. But thats what i just think.
anyways thanks for explaining it properly for me doughboyea
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Good point, Well I guess that answers my question. Thankyou.

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