which interior lights, on the dashboard, or the lights when the door is opened?
my interior lights stopped working when i open the door a while ago. I think its that middle light right above the back seat , on the top, and I just never replaced it as it looked complicated
as far as the only stuff im keeping my eyes open for it. Thank you my friend
It was the overhead lights and the warning lights that were messing up.
Normally when I open the door the overhead lights will light up and stay lit for 30sec or until I turn on the ignition then they dim out. If I open any door without starting the ignition the lights will stay on until I close the door -- like 10 or 15 minutes until they time out. What was happening to me was that I'd open a door when the ignition was off -- like loading the cargo area -- and the lights would come on for a few seconds and dim right down, as if I had turned on the ignition -- BUT I HADN'T. The break in the harness was causing a short circuit that kept the ignition from shutting down, so even with the engine off and the key removed, the ignition thought
the engine was still on. That kept the computer on and gradually drained the battery over a period of a few hours, certainly dead by morning. The other problem I was having was that the seatbelt light should have stayed on if there was someone in the passenger seat that was unbuckled, but it would go out. The cruise control went on the fritz as well.
Once the problem was found I asked about just getting a kill switch for the battery. My dealer explained that a kill switch would keep the battery from draining, but that as the harness further degenerated I would be getting more dashboard problems -- warning lights and gauges, etc. She said it wouldn't be a safety issue, i.e. it wouldn't burst into flames, but that gradually all the little things would drive me crazy.
For us the question was if our Patriot was worth the repairs at 190,000 miles. We could get by with the kill switch for a while if I wasn't planning on keeping it long term. Wife & I figured we'd just bought a set of tires and this repair would be the first money we'd put into it in 7 years. So we bit the bullet to keep Ignatz on the road a while longer. Fourteen months later I've not put another dime into it other than a couple oil changes. Even passed state inspection a with flying colors few weeks ago. Well worth the $1200 repair. I hope he lasts forever!