Headlights turn on when car is left overnight

Asked by Jul 21, 2015 at 08:13 PM about the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Please help! Over the past few weeks, my car's headlights will turn on by themselves
and when I open the door, the car's notification panel is lit up and there's the beeping
sound as if my keys are left in the ignition. It only happens when it's been sitting
overnight and my car's battery has died because of it. FYI: my car has the running
daylights when I'm driving.

I've taken it to a mechanic, who is stumped - he ran the computer test, which came
back fine. I don't want to rack up any more charges, so any ideas would be great!
Thanks so much.

1 Answer

9,555

Commonly lighting issues is linked to the light switch for your head lights. But im willing to bet you have a short or defective ignition unit. Try unplugging the cars battery for about 15 - 30 minutes for a complete system reboot and see if it helps. If not try pulling out your head light controls and unplugging it for the night and see if it still does it. Also to completly drain the computer of power take both battery terminals off and touch them togeather. This should insure your computer for sure has a full proper reboot.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Headlights turn on when car is left overnight 1 answer

    Please help! Over the past few weeks, my car's headlights will turn on by themselves and when I open the door, the car's notification panel is lit up and there's the beeping sound as if my keys are ...

    2011 Volkswagen Jetta SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Lights come on when car is parked and off in cold weather 9 answers

    I have a 2010 jetta, the outside lights headlights and trunk light come on when it is really cold outside and the car is parked. It has been checked out by VW, but they can't find anything. They've ...

    2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • When AC is on the car loses complete power. 6 answers

    My friend owns an 2003 VW Jetta 1.8 turbo automatic. When he has the AC on the vehicle will lose power. Once he restarts it, it starts up with no problem.

    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • when i turn the key, the dash lights come on but the car won't start. 1 answer

    also the windows won't roll down, but the locks work and the stereo works. and the buttons on the key don't work. When i turn the key there is nothing, besides the lights,it doesn't turn over. i just ...

    1999 Volkswagen Jetta

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • how to get my fans t tun on when i turn car on? 2 answers

    So when i turn on my car the fans dont kick on. the fan switch wires need replacing but dnt know how to. it has been over heating but the heat and the a/c still works. i have no clue how to fix the fa...

    1998 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Search Volkswagen Jetta Questions

Volkswagen Jetta Experts

#1 Goodwrench707
Goodwrench707
Reputation 2,280
#2 Deathjam4
Deathjam4
Reputation 1,750
#3 Scott Sr.
Scott Sr.
Reputation 1,410
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Passat
259 Great Deals out of 24,992 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Civic
811 Great Deals out of 88,099 listings starting at $1,299
Used Volkswagen GTI
99 Great Deals out of 7,258 listings starting at $2,400
Used Honda Accord
946 Great Deals out of 77,735 listings starting at $899
Used Volkswagen Golf
56 Great Deals out of 3,635 listings starting at $1,600
Used Toyota Corolla
860 Great Deals out of 70,584 listings starting at $1,874
Used Toyota Camry
1,104 Great Deals out of 90,757 listings starting at $1,599
Used BMW 3 Series
943 Great Deals out of 30,262 listings starting at $1,000
Used Audi A4
291 Great Deals out of 10,504 listings starting at $1,200
Used Nissan Altima
1,156 Great Deals out of 79,666 listings starting at $500
Used Mazda MAZDA3
284 Great Deals out of 32,560 listings starting at $1,300
Used Volkswagen Beetle
188 Great Deals out of 9,455 listings starting at $1,300
Used Volkswagen CC
94 Great Deals out of 3,072 listings starting at $3,450
Used Ford Focus
633 Great Deals out of 57,258 listings starting at $795
Used Chevrolet Cruze
1,019 Great Deals out of 75,557 listings starting at $2,995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Jetta SE For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 9,187 listings starting at $13,990
2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 80 listings starting at $9,881
2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 397 listings starting at $7,950
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 240 listings starting at $6,999

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.