Posted: December 7, 2009 in Polls
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While me and Chief were sitting in the laundromat parking lot last night, we had this.. um.. DISCUSSION.. about turning off the car radio BEFORE turning the car off.

Something I ALWAYS do .. along with the heat / air conditioner :: depending on season ::

The Grand Poo-Bah of Wisdom told me that MOST PEOPLE don’t turn off the radio .. and I told him that I didn’t believe him.. I told him that I thought he was justifying his laziness.

So HE suggested that I poll this so here you go…

  1. S. Le says:

    I never turn off the car radio and neither does Husband. He is a “car guy” and would think this is silly. We’ve NEVER had any problems with our car radios over a lifetime of cars. Interesting question though.

    • Leese says:

      Thanks for the comment, S!!!

      Turning everything off before turning the car off is just something that I was taught to do when I was learning to drive and it stuck.. I wasn’t trying to imply that the surge of electricity thing was valid.. just my attempt at funny.

  2. Gori Rajkumari says:

    About turning everything off before turning off the car….

    This was only suggested for people with older, or incorrectly wired cars (usually when both power wires for installed electrical equipment are wired directly to the battery). Everything in your car that requires voltage to run should be wired into a fuse with a specific load bearing wire (usually blue in color) that allows only a certain amount of voltage to be passed between the electrical equipment and ONLY when the car is started. The “blue wire” should go to your ignition switch or to a fuse that is only hot when the car is on. The other power wire (usually red) will always be hot in order to keep the time and presets. Because of this, and the use of the fuse, you never really run the risk of overloading your electrical equipment when starting the car, not enough voltage is sent to “fry” it and it’s like having a built in “power surge protector”. Except if you get hit by lightning, then everything will fry but it won’t matter if your car is running or not! ;) hehe

    PS: My dad used to work on cars all the time when I was a kid and my Uncle rebuilds classic Corvettes from the bare metal chassis up. I paid attention. hehehe

  3. Gori Rajkumari says:

    Just read your comment above…..and now I get it.

    I was taught the same thing in driver’s ed at school….because all our donated cars were pieces of poopy crap with HORRIFIC wiring. So I asked my Dad anything that I learned and seemed questionable. He taught me all the good stuff (oil changing, tire rotation, spark plug changing, radio installing, fluid checking, etc) and I just viewed the driver’s ed as a stepping off point for learning the good stuff. LOL

  4. The Goober says:

    I concur with Gori. This is an old school thought. With todays cars, the body control module actually delays slightly the radio and everything else coming on to minimize the demand on the alternator.

  5. Tosha says:

    Newp.. not needed..

  6. I don’t turn off the radio because my radio stays on for 5 minutes after I shut off the engine. I’m usually sitting at my daughter’s school waiting for her to come out, so I enjoy those extra mins of music.

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