: Rear power outlet drainage

09-20-11, 08:35 PM
I powered my mp3 player from rear power outlet.
And even after engine off, it says it is keep charging.

I thought outlet power is off if engine is not on but it seems like it is still on.

Can anybody clarify this please?
I am wondering if it will drain my battery if I don't use car for long time.

09-20-11, 11:27 PM
Still on. Define long time.. Overnight, no. 5 days, probably.

09-21-11, 03:17 AM
I've forgot mine back there for over a week w/o starting the car...no issues....drain is minimal....

09-21-11, 07:03 AM
does it stay on for a min or so after you get out and close the doors? Maybe it is tied in with some circuit that stays on for a few min. Then turns off.

09-21-11, 10:06 AM
Hmmm when I check the adapter for the outlet, it was lit even after 2 hours. So I guess it is on all the time

09-21-11, 05:32 PM
The rear armrest outlet is constant on. I leave my mp3 player plugged into it all the time though. Car sits for days at a time and starts with no problems though.

09-21-11, 06:30 PM
There are two fuses under the hood where you switch the 12v sockets from always on to Retained Accessory Power. In RAP, they will cut off after 10 minutes.


09-21-11, 07:00 PM
Wow I did not know that I can changed that.

Do I have to install the relay? or is it pre installed so I just change the fuse?

09-21-11, 07:04 PM
I think you have to install it on the V. Most (but not all) CTS V6 came with the relay. I had to install it in my V. I got it at pep boys I think.

09-21-11, 07:09 PM
Can you give us more information please?

What relay(model#) should be purchased?


09-21-11, 07:22 PM
I don't think I have that info anymore. I did it like 4 years ago. But I believe it's the same as the relay that's right next to it. I will look when I get home and see if I can find the part number.