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Old November 17th, 2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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orientation lights in 2001 boxter.

Hi, I have something draining my battery and I suspect that it is my orientation lights that are not turning off. I've been watching to see if they do but as far as I can tell they are staying on. Is there anything I can check?
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Old November 18th, 2010, 07:51 AM   #2
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what is an orientation light?
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Old November 18th, 2010, 10:10 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure that refers to the interior lights.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 10:42 AM   #4
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Hi, orientation lights are tiny LEDs. There's one next to the interior light swith and one on each door handle. the purpose of these is to improve your orientation in the car when it's dark. However, they are staying on. Do you have any suggestions on how to turn them off, or disable. My battery dies in about a week. Any help is appreciated. thanx
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Old November 19th, 2010, 07:04 AM   #5
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Are you saying they do not turn off when you lock the car?
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Old November 19th, 2010, 02:21 PM   #6
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I don't think that these LED can drain the battery in a week
Let's do some math here:
One LED drains maybe 5 mA, so that's 10 mA for both
Let's say your car battery is rated 50 Ah (I think it's actually more)
That would mean that your car battery should be able to run your LED for 5,000 hours or 208 days.

Every modern car's electronics drain the battery and the manufacturers calculate the capacity for the battery so that a car can sit for 3 ~ 4 weeks before the battery runs out

You either have something else draining your battery or your battery's on its way out
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Old November 19th, 2010, 04:48 PM   #7
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My '01S has been parked for several days. When I went to look at it, the only light on was a red blinking security-armed light on the center of the dash (radio?).

The lights on the rear of the interior of the door (Step/Courtesy) and the dome light center above the windshield go off about 1 minute after I shut the door. They are there to allow easy entry when it is dark and to make the door visible when open to passing motorists.

They are all 2825 bulbs, not LEDs.

So lets get back to the battery drained question....

Any aftermarket electronics in the car?

Any work done recently?

How old is the battery?

Has the battery been load tested recently?

Has the alternator output been tested recently?
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Old August 31st, 2012, 05:28 PM   #8
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Hi, I have something draining my battery and I suspect that it is my orientation lights that are not turning off. I've been watching to see if they do but as far as I can tell they are staying on. Is there anything I can check?
I am having the same issues. I have just changed my battery as the previous was shot due to constant draining. If you get a handle on this please let me know. I am asking around also.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 07:24 PM   #9
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Welcome.

Since this thread is about 2 years old you may have been better off starting a new one.
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 01:07 PM   #10
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Take a look at this article on Boxster Batteries and on about the third screen is a comment on how much current draw should occur when on a 986 and how to go about finding out what is causing a problem. It is all about isolating the problem by process of elimination.

The first thing to suspect is a bad ground or some aftermarket device.
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