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Old 02-26-2008, 02:36 PM
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Your battery will drain faster having the car locked than it will unlocked.
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Duane993 View Post
Leaving the car unlocked will also increase the drain on the battery.
I'm calling BS on this one.

Locking the car engages the alarm system, including interior movement sensors, and this gives increased current draw on the battery.

Unlocked is better for your battery.
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Old 02-26-2008, 04:05 PM
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Agreed. I can't see how leaving the car unlocked drains battery. I 'can' see how leaving the ignition in the car without first pulling it out all the way and then reinserting 'does' drain the battery more quickly.
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Old 02-27-2008, 09:25 AM
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On a somewhat related note, I found out that if I close the car door, then pull the key out, then walk away without locking the car, all the interior lights will stay lit for over 2 hours. To make sure all the interior lights go out after a 30 second delay either remove the key before closing the car door, or lock the car as you walk away.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by nycebo View Post
Why would you leave the key in the ignition in the first place? That's the first place a thief will look in your garage. Better to stick it under a mat if you must leave it in the car at all.
Originally Posted by Jon996 View Post
Can't quite imagine leaving the key in my Porsche, but maybe it's just me
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even heard the story about a guy's porsche and lexus got stolen when they leave the keys in the car?
after u read that story, u may want to keep the key in the house.
I leave the keys to all three cars in my garage in the center console so I don't have to wonder where I left them. I guess I'm not real worried that somebody is going to break into my house and steal my cars.
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Old 02-27-2008, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by tooloud10 View Post
I leave the keys to all three cars in my garage in the center console so I don't have to wonder where I left them. I guess I'm not real worried that somebody is going to break into my house and steal my cars.
+1...one of the benefits of Midwest liv'n!
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Miller_arch View Post
+1...one of the benefits of Midwest liv'n!
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