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post #16 of 22 Old 06-23-2011, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by ratmonkey View Post
my eclipse is the first of 7 cars i've owned that had the acc position FORWARD. all others was back from the off position. heck, only car i've ever driven that was that way.
Hmmmm. Interesting. Must be an American thing!! Never seen it of any British / Jap or European car marketed in the UK....and Ive bought , sold and owned a few. You learn something completely useless everyday!!

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post #17 of 22 Old 06-24-2011, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Ender42 View Post
I can't tell you how many times I would come out after my gf drove the jeep and found it dead. Took me about 10 times of having to jump it off to figure out it was this!

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The best way to tell is to look over and see if your radio clock is still displayed. If it's not, then that's a quick way to tell if you forget to put your key in the off position. I have the worn out key for 3 years and never had a problem.
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post #18 of 22 Old 06-24-2011, 08:47 AM
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Thanks Roach!
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post #19 of 22 Old 06-24-2011, 09:31 AM
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I can do this on my 02 Wrangler, it is great for offroading since your keys aren't smashing around your steering column as you are hitting bumps etc.

My WJ has the chip in the key, so I am not sure how that works if you were able to pull the key out while running.



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post #20 of 22 Old 08-05-2011, 08:59 PM
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Damnit. I've been beating myself up over a mysterious batter drain issue for the past several days. First I thought it was the lift gate switch. Then I thought it might be a ground. It was only yesterday evening that I realized the radio clock was still on after removing the key. I missed that detail previously (assuming that it was supposed to work that way). Today I realized my key could be removed while driving....and while in ACC position.

Found this thread and realized my drain was due to accidentally leaving the WJ in ACC overnight. Now that I know the key is so easily removed in ACC, I just need to be more careful.

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post #21 of 22 Old 08-06-2011, 04:40 AM
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Mine also has this "problem". I had a few dead batteries before I realized it. I have a lot of keys on my ring so now I just through my keys in front of the shifter to stop the clanging. When I get out I just grab the first key I can, it doesn't have to be jeep, and cut the switch to the lock position. When the switch locks you know it, no way then to leave it in acc.
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post #22 of 22 Old 08-06-2011, 09:45 PM
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HAHA 70$ high for a key my familys GTOs spare key was 270
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