2011 Chevrolet Malibu Q&A
2011 Chevrolet Malibu Question: When I remove keys the radio stays on & windows still work when door open, why?
they are designed to do that. and yes just make sure you listen for the radio and don't wait to long to open the door. and on new cars their are always thing running no matter what. battery will last about a week without use before it's deader than a door nail - gearhead89
I will need more information to get you a more accurate answer. What I can tell you right now is that NO, this is not a normal condition. But, if the Body Control Module isn't bad, it should not drain your battery either. Your vehicle is equipped with a RAP (Retained Accessory Power) Module. The way the system is designed to work is this; With the key in any position (except OFF) all the accessories will function normally. When the key is turned to the OFF position with the DOORS CLOSED, and the BCM detects that the battery is in a good state of health (voltage wise), the BCM will enable the RAP System. This allows for up to 10 minutes of Accessory use (power windows and radio/entertainment system included). The ONLY door switch input that causes the RAP system to turn off is the DRIVER door. The BCM then continues to monitor the battery state of health and it's 10 minute timer. RAP will shut down after the 10 minutes or if the battery voltage drops to low (whichever happens first). If you can open the DRIVER door and the stuff still stays on, you do have a problem. Whether or not it will run the battery down depends on what the problem actually is. Open the DRIVER door, and then stand there and see if the system shuts down in 10 minutes or less. If it shuts down in this time, then the BCM is still able to turn off the RAP system and you are not in danger of a dead battery. If it stays active longer, then yes, you could have the battery run down on you. Let me know whether it shuts off or not and I will give you some diagnostic direction to find the problem. - ChevyASE
See dealer for warranty this is a problem, if you remove the key and open the door and system doesn't power down!! If out of warranty let us know, will advise further. - pushrod