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Old 04-14-2009, 09:20 PM
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Front Parking lights stay on 2004 Impala

I have a 2004 Impala LS with automatic headlights, they work like they are supposed to, it gets dark the lights come on, it gets lighter they go off. The problem is that the front park lights will stay on, I have to manually turn on the headlight switch on/off to turn the park lights off. I have tried the headlight delay at 30, 60 seconds and totally off. It makes no difference, only the front lights are on the tail lights are off. I have no other electrial issues anywhere on the car. The car has 160k miles and other than oil, filters and tires nothing has ever been messed with, the brakes are still the original ones .

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I am going to offer two ways to work this out. First, read the owners manual that came with the car.
Next, contact a dealer, and ask them.
The reason I am saying this is that modern cars do not have an electrical system like we are used to. There is no switch, interrupting a circuit, turning the light on and off.
There is a "body control computer" that controls a lot of the electrical functions. What you think is a switch is actually a "sensor" that sends a "request" to the body control computer, and the body control computer actually turns the lights on or off, after deciding it is OK to fulfill your request.
By the way, if you have a throttle by wire system in the car, GM and Onstar can actually control the throttle for you.
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wow now that is scary GM or ON STAR can control the trottle of the car.
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From all that I read, after June 1st, Big Brother GM may not be in business.
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From all that I read, after June 1st, Big Brother GM may not be in business.
Do you believe everything you read? Nonsense.
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Bad Battery??????

Just an update:

The car was wrecked ($4000 damage) by a foster child we were watching shortly after I posted this. She was not hurt. The battery kept going dead if it was not run everyday because the parking lights kept coming on. It has basically has been setting in the garage since that time. I installed a new battery the first of August, have not had an issue with the parking lights or a dead battery. It can set for a week or so and it starts right up.

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