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Although the 2009 Accents don't have automatic running lights, since I got the car I'd just been keeping the headlights turned on. (Yes I know this will cut the life of the lights themselves but it's not a bad safety step for a small car).

This worked well of course - the headlights would come on when the car was started, headlights and parking lights would go off when the car was stopped.

I've done nothing different but in recent weeks however the parking lights have been staying on quite often - though not ALL of the time. While I can't rule out I've done some quirky thing differently that somehow keeps the lights on, googling around and searching this forum indicates that this could be an issue with a relay box which may be costly to replace but still under warranty (I'm under the 5 year 60k mile warranty still)

Now bear in mind, this isn't a situation where the headlights are turned off and stay on - it's just a change from having the headlight knob always on, but the lights would go off when the car was stopped and keys removed.

Obviously the "fix" is simply turn off the headlights when I get out of the car - but I am concerned that there's an inexplicable change and wonder if it's a sign of larger issues regarding a relay that should be addressed while it's under warranty.

Anyone have any experience with this issue? I know - very minor in the grand scope of car problems but I do worry about larger electrical issues, especially since the parking light issue seems to be erratic - sometimes it goes off, sometimes it stays on.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
 
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Sounds like a sticking relay all right....

We've got an '07. For that model year, the parking lights will stay on if the switch is set to parking lights or headlights, even if you remove the key. The headlights are on the ignition circuit, so they will go out with the key off or out.
 

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I had that issue when I first bought the car. I posted on this forum. Someone told me to whack it with a hammer. I whacked it with a hammer and fixed it. Strangest fix I'd ever done. This forum is the best, btw.
 

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I had that issue when I first bought the car. I posted on this forum. Someone told me to whack it with a hammer. I whacked it with a hammer and fixed it. Strangest fix I'd ever done. This forum is the best, btw.
I agree - the wealth of firsthand knowledge here is invaluable (I like that so many pimp out these basic cars too - and quite frankly, I find the drive and response of this little Accent pretty **** impressive - better than some much more expensive cars I've driven)

Overall seeing as I have about 9 months left on the warranty and have yet to take it to the dealer for any official reason, I think it's good that I have an issue that is covered under the bumper to bumper warranty.

If the fix is that they need to replace the relay box, so be it. Though my guess is the dealer will try to assert that there's no issue and I should just turn off the lights - and then will feign ignorance about there being a fix with the relay box.

But once it's beyond warranty if anything goes wrong I'll hit it with a hammer!
 

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Sounds like a sticking relay all right....

We've got an '07. For that model year, the parking lights will stay on if the switch is set to parking lights or headlights, even if you remove the key. The headlights are on the ignition circuit, so they will go out with the key off or out.
Yes - this is exactly what happens.

It wasn't like that back in the summer when I first got the car - and it only happens intermittently now.

The thing is, if that relay is sticking, others could (and possibly are) as well, no?

Best to have the relay box replaced under warranty is my feeling.
 
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