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Old 13 Dec 2010, 07:28 pm
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Default 2003 interior lights stay on

Just went out in the garage and found the interior lights on. This is the second time this has happened. Had to turn the ignition switch on and off before the lights would go off. After getting out of the car and shutting the door, the lights dimmed normally. Any one have a clue?

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Old 13 Dec 2010, 09:22 pm
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i would think that something was left open. did you check all of the doors to see if they were closed? did you check your dimmer switch? did you leave anything on? I know these questions may be stupid but at least this can give us more of an idea of what you've done so far.
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Old 13 Dec 2010, 10:04 pm
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All doors were closed tight. No switches were on. All I did was open the drivers door, get in the car, close door. Interior lights stayed on. Inserted the ignition key and turned it on and off. The lights went through the dimming process and turned off. Opened the drivers door to get out. The lights came on. Closed the door and the lights dimmed and went off. Been through this process two times. I'm suspicious the device that dims and turns off the lights is failing. But I'm not versed in the PT Cruiser's wiring.

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Old 14 Dec 2010, 09:58 am
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My first thought is that it is your multifunction switch is going bad. People have found their fog lamps on when they knew they had shut them off. The same thing may be happening with your interior lights.

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Old 14 Dec 2010, 12:38 pm
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Could be a stuck relay/connection in the door latch that didn't close properly when you shut the door so it thought the door was still open.
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Old 13 Mar 2011, 09:06 pm
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Default Re: 2003 interior lights stay on

Crewzin--have a similar problem, but if it's a door relay switch, wouldn't a door open icon show on the instrument panel?
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Old 13 Mar 2011, 09:27 pm
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Hey their skirevskip,

Not necessarily if its just starting to go out and creating an intermittent problem not doing it all the time, and might be getting stuck to the point where its not quite catching so that its leaving the light on and nothing else.

Might be just a ghost in the system as well though. Might just try removing the positive battery cable for a good minute and the reinstall to reset the system and see if that might have any effect on it as well. Just more or less something else to try though my money is still on a semi faulty relay just starting to go out.

That's my 2 cents anyway for what its worth. Hope you get her figured out, or f not I am sure someone on here, or one of the many grearheads over at PTCrew should be able to help you troubleshoot it.

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Old 13 Mar 2011, 09:59 pm
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Thanks, Candyman--mine are now functioning correctly and I don't know why. First the airbag light stays on for a couple of days, then it's okay. Next the rear hatch light stays on for a day, then it's alright. And most recently, my interior lights stay on when I turn the ignition switch off (two days), and now they're okay. Will try your ghost solution next time something goes awry (unless you know an exorcist specializing in Cruisers).
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