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Use power windows after turning car off

I have seen a modification where you can still use your power windows after the car has been turned off. Has anyone tried this?

I have been in Europe and driven a car that would allow you to use the windows for about 60 seconds, which is really convenient.

How many times have you forgotten to put the windows up before shutting the engine off.

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Are you asking how to make this mod? Or are you asking if those who tried the mod believe it was worth it?

The mod itself is fairly simple:

http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/for...ion-key-22878/

This allows you to operate the windows after turning the engine off; there's no time limit after the engine goes off, as far as I know.
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Yes, that is the mod I am speaking of as well as the supplier.

I'm just wondering if anyone had tried it and if there were any problems.

Being an electrician myself, I realize you probably don't even need to spend $13 but it looks as though it will allow you to tap into it for other items.

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I did the mod a year or so ago using the original fuse and a couple of crimp on fittings for the spade end and the female end for the fuse prong. With daily use, it's worked beautifully and without problems. And, being an electrician, it'll probably take you all of 15 minutes start to finish to do it.
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I did it a long time ago and love it. On a plus note a friend rushed off with their windows down and rain forecasted (it was like 5 minutes out). I popped mine in for sec and put their windows up.
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I did it a long time ago. I hate that, you turn your car off and then you notice the windows are down. took about tem minutes with mod from Smart Madness i think it was $12.99. It was here is the link smart car Fuse Expander - Ignition Free Window Modification Check it out very simple install works great.
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True, but making your own costs about 25 cents. (And that's probably exaggerating - a 6 inch piece of wire and 2 crimp on connectors.)
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I did make my own mvaldes and it actually cost 50 cents but that is still better than $12.99! (Had to buy a small packet of crimp connectors)

I followed the Evilution directions from here:

Evilution - Smart Car Encyclopaedia

Funny though, mine was Fuse #3 while that one uses Fuse #4. So, anyone thinking of doing this should check their owners manual for the correct fuse.

It took me all of 10 minutes, and that is stretching it...

Works great!

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Issues to consider, More than once I have had a passenger bump the switch on the way out of the car. The windows have an auto down feature. We came back to the car only to find the window was sitting open, and at nationals It meant sitting open in the rain.

Also, I hope you have better luck with keeping the fuse holder secured up against the fuse box than we have, The adhesive on my velcro has let lose a few times, and the left foot of the driver can snag it when its dangling.

I love this mod, but I'm just letting you know what to look out for
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Always appreciate a heads-up! Thanks.

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