Continue listening to the radio after turning your engine off


Since the CMU can take a while to come back to life after turning your car off, and then tapping the ignition switch once for Accessory (ACC) mode, many of us miss the feature that many vehicles have where the audio will continue playing after stopping your engine, at least until you open your door or a programmed period of time has gone by.  Sergey (ssh16) has reported discovering that by holding the button on your Automatic shift lever while shutting down your 124 Spider with your left hand – kind of an awkward maneuver, you’ll  actually be in ACC mode rather than in OFF mode, allowing your radio to continue playing.

 
Apparently stopping the vehicle in Neutral rather than Park will also produce the same result and is probably the maneuver to remember when you wish to remain in the vehicle and continue listening to your radio/streaming audio, slipping it into Park afterwards.   This gives you up to 25 minutes more time before the CMU turns itself off, but this can be extended by tapping the brake pedal once prior to that timeout, for another 25 minutes.

If you have a manual transmission, there seems to be no solution other than hitting the stop button twice while in neutral and your foot off both the clutch and brake pedal.  If done quickly enough, you’ll end up in ACC mode with no interruption in radio play.

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2 thoughts on “Continue listening to the radio after turning your engine off

  1. Wynn,

    Here’s a nice outlet that would be easy to install near the trunk lamp. I would not tap into the trunk light circuit because that wiring is not rated for the type of current that your 12 volt air pump (or other 10 – 15 amp device) would draw if plugged in.

    Instead, consider using my article on adding a radar detector as a guide and tap off of:

      Fuse # 6 (for switched 12 volts) OR
      Fuse # 9 or 10 (for always on 12 volts)

    and running a proper size wire from there to the trunk for your hot wire. The ground can be obtained at a bolt/nut in the proximity of your 12 volt outlet.

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