I just dealt with this last night on my 2015 Ford Escape. The lever on the over head console is for turning the interior lights on, when all doors are shut, and to dim down the dashboard lights when the headlights are on. Dome lights off with hatch open on 2015 Expedition 1 Answer. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > probably can but you need to look that one up. there is a button on the overhead console to turn off the lights. How do you turn off all interior lights on a 2016 Ford Expedition when the hatch is open? I need the radio on too. 2 Answers. However, if you don't let the Body ECU go into full sleep mode (one of the door switches 'closed' - meaning the door is open), a bunch of readiness states are maintained. presently own 2021 Denali AWD all options except RSE Is there anyway to have the hatch open and lights off?? Here is the drive-in theater cheat sheet, 3 tips. Both AvidHiker and I measured a consistent jump in battery current of similar magnitude (from ~30 mA to more than 1A), with the interior lights switched off, when either the hatch or any door is opened, even a back door. Interior lights never went off. LED light swap is great way to avoid a dead battery issue as the rear hatch lights will get so hot if left open it melts plastic clips and light unit falls out, so replace bulbs with LED's and it will not be an issue, you can leave lights on for weeks without heat or battery drain. Any suggestions? Opening the hatch or a door causes the BIU to wake up from a low-power state, which is probably where that power is going. Thanks! Turning off the interior lights will certainly help a lot. There are no slide lever, or on/off switch, for the interior lights with a door open. Open the door and look for the switch where the door meets the fender by the hinges. The sum total of all those bulbs means the draw is several amps, and that will kill your battery fast. Took the family to an outdoor movie tonight but when I have the back hatch or window open the interior lights stay on. At a drive-in, we like to watch movies with the hatch up and all of us in the back of the vehicle. Remember to press “open Hatch” button on key-fob before actually closing hatch to automatically flip hatch latch back to the open position. Turning off the interior lights is a must, but when the hatch … Discussion in ' 1st Gen - 1997 - 2002 ' started by dewebb , Aug 9, 2016 . actually the problem is the switches for the doors and hatch get worn. the switch inside that sets the chime and dome lights. Had the hatch open for access to the food and cooler. (1)HATCH OPEN, LIGHTS OFF: With hatch open, I used to the pointy end of a can opener to flip up the rocker latch on the bottom of the hatch door ( The thing that clasps the ring mounted on the hatch bed) . 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