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#1 juanalove

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 00:29

Sooo, I need to go to the bottom of this dilemma, cuz I need to find out if I'm doing it wrong. That's what my bf is telling me and he's starting to be more and more angry with me becuse of this. 
 
I'm thinking, "this cant affect the car" but he says that I'm not allowed to drive his car because the fact that I always switch off the lights when Im done driving may damage the car and its electronics.
 
For me its like... you turn off things when u are done driving. Thats a good and natural thing to do, but really. Me switching off lights all the time comes from a habit. When I drove my old car (Toyota 1992), that was neccessary. Otherwise the battery would run empty. 
 
So, I've now completed a forum registration here at Honda forum just to ask you Honda experts here... What is right? Am I damaging his car for forgetting to switch off lights. Or should you always leave that lights lever in auto mode?
 
Oh and it's a Honda civic sport edition from 2010.
 
I'm hoping u tell me that I am not damaging his car, because it would be so freckin sweet to print the forum replies, glue it to his face and prove him wrong.
 
Many thanks in advance. 
/Gf of Honda owner



#2 Hum

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 00:31

Oh BS -- there is something wrong if you don't have a switch to shut off the headlights whenever you want to.

 

Call you local Honda dealer.



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 00:37

Oh BS -- there is something wrong if you don't have a switch to shut off the headlights whenever you want to.

Thank you! I  got it!



#4 Marshall

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 00:40

So, I've now completed a forum registration here at Honda forum just to ask you Honda experts here...

 

You forgot to leave this out when you pasted it. ;)



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 00:43

Switching the headlights off breaks them? I'd still be laughing if someone told me that. Laughing inches away from his face. Forcing the laughter out to remind them how wrong they are.

 

If I don't turn my headlights off when I turn my engine off, they stay on and drain the battery, same for the vehicles I drive at work. 

 

After I sing this song to him.

 



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 00:51

Your boyfriend is a d**k. Duh.



#7 Stetson

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 00:58

So, I've now completed a forum registration here at Honda forum just to ask you Honda experts here... What is right? 

 

I smell a troll.



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:12

Only if your head light fluid gets low!



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 03:19

You can switch off your headlights or you can leave them in the auto mode, either way it doesn't matter and neither method will damage the car. 

 

I have a BMW 3 series, and I leave it on the auto mode. This illuminates the angel eyes as DRL, and headlights come on as appropriate (and when the headlights come on, there is an indicator on the dash). I just have a habit of turning on my fog lights when the headlights come on, nice to have the extra light output. 

 

BTW, this isn't a Honda forum ;) but this is a simple enough general question.



#10 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 03:30

Turning the lights off can break them?  Does he check the exhaust ball bearings or perhaps the gas tank is running low on water ( you know, it needs to keep properly hydrated too)... and yes i'm aware those are moronic but one never knows :whistle:

 

To your boyfriend I say:

 

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And to you I say, if your BF wants to leave the lights on because he thinks we will be invaded by little green men or elvis and michael jackson will come down from the moon, for whatever reason, it's his choice and his car? Yes he is being anal, but the truth of the matter is, he saying it for some reason (although albeit insane)...
 

I can't tell you how many times i've told my other half "Don't hold the window button, alls it takes is one press, they're automatic"... 3 years in the same car, i've given up :laugh:



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 04:11

Sooo, I need to go to the bottom of this dilemma, cuz I need to find out if I'm doing it wrong. That's what my bf is telling me and he's starting to be more and more angry with me becuse of this. 
 
I'm thinking, "this cant affect the car" but he says that I'm not allowed to drive his car because the fact that I always switch off the lights when Im done driving may damage the car and its electronics.
 
For me its like... you turn off things when u are done driving. Thats a good and natural thing to do, but really. Me switching off lights all the time comes from a habit. When I drove my old car (Toyota 1992), that was neccessary. Otherwise the battery would run empty. 
 
So, I've now completed a forum registration here at Honda forum just to ask you Honda experts here... What is right? Am I damaging his car for forgetting to switch off lights. Or should you always leave that lights lever in auto mode?
 
Oh and it's a Honda civic sport edition from 2010.
 
I'm hoping u tell me that I am not damaging his car, because it would be so freckin sweet to print the forum replies, glue it to his face and prove him wrong.
 
Many thanks in advance. 
/Gf of Honda owner


Is this for real? If your boyfriend really thinks this, then I would get a new boyfriend.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 04:24

I had a 2010 Civic LX up until a few months ago. Like you, I'd always turn off my headlights AFTER the car was off. Been doing this since I bought it a few years ago. One day, I noticed that it was shifting rather sluggishly so I decided to drive it to the dealer to get it checked out. On the way there, the entire transmission fell out of the car and right onto the highway. Had to get it towed. Thankfully I was only 2 miles away so it wasn't too bad of a charge. After I explained the situation and they looked the car over, they concluded that because of my habit of turning the lights off after the car was turned off, the computer chip signals/sensors became garbled and told the car to eject the transmission.

 

Just kidding, why would that happen. -__- ,

nothing bad will come of turning your lights off after the car is shut down.



#13 sagum

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:02

The BF might be onto something here... I've been turning my lights on and off for a while now and every year I have to repair and replace parts on my car... just a few months a go, I had to replace the battery! and my rear window on the drivers side has stopped working.. also, the exhaust fell off a year ago and I've had to replace the front tyres (again!)

 

I'm going to stop turning my lights off and see if my car develops any more faults.



#14 +virtorio

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:21

I think he's on to something, it would explain why my car broke down once about five years ago.



#15 Albert

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:28

actually that make sense. if you are a human and have absolutely nothing between your ears. keeping the headlights on makes you look bright. see?





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