Well, my basic question is why is this dumb parking light switch on the steering column? Not why is it in that location (which is kind of dumb too), but why does this switch even exist?
So, I was driving my fiancé's 2006 outback and needed to use the flashers while loading up the car. It is her daily driver and I only drive it when we take it camping and/or need to use her car to carry stuff. Otherwise I drive my beautiful mustang convertible and that is the car we like to take out the most :-) ...for obvious reasons. No offense to the outback, she is a great camping and off road car in the desert......but the mustang is just fast and fun.
Anyway, I was fumbling around for the hazard lights, and I hit the switch on the steering column....no flashing. (and before anyone says it....NO I DID NOT SEE THE BIG ORANGE OR RED (whatever, I am colorblind) BUTTON ON THE CENTER FOR THE HAZARDS!). I click it back and forth a few times and just give up.
Next day her battery was dead
Figured we must have just left a dome light on or something. We jump the car, drive a bit and is good for a day.
Next morning she calles at work..battery dead again! So, I come home from work and figure it just needs new battery. It was old and she just moved to San Diego from Philly.... so cold winters, hot summers not good for a battery. So I use my AAA and just have them come install a new battery. All good.
Next morning she calls me at work...battery (new one) dead again! I'm thinking $*it, is it the alternator or something else with charging system?!? What's up?
I drive home and get on the forums here (love you guys). I search my issues and find a post where someone said "did you happen to it the parking light switch on steering column?"
CRAP...yes I did! Egg on my face!! Check the switch and it's on the "ON" position!
Boy was she mad at me! At the time she didn't have a job yet and she was pissed about purchasing a new battery when it was my fault! Lesson learned.
But why is that dumb switch there in the first place? It does not time out and turn off like if you leave your lights on, or if you have the parking lights on via the headlight switch. When would you ever want your parking lights on via the steering column switch? Why does it exist?