2003 Caravan Ignition switch and door chime problem
2003 Caravan sxt - When shutting off the vehicle upon taking the key out of the ignition and opening the door the chime rings and the daytime running lights (and taillights) are on. This same thing happens when opening the driver's door to enter the vehicle after it's been sitting for any amount of time. They both shut off (whether or not the door is open or closed) after a couple of minutes and so that seems normal because they finally figured out that there's no reason to kill a battery by having left headlights on - I assume there's some kind of timer in there that accomplishes this. The chime stops ringing when I close the door but the daytime running lights stay on for that same couple of minutes then turn off. At first, I could get this to stop happening by wiggling my headlight switch back and forth which made me think it's the headlight switch making a defective contact somewhere inside - it's a pretty simple switch, however (I took it apart to see what was up) and I didn't see it doing anything abnormal. Is it the switch deep inside the ignition switch or is it the headlight switch or is this some other electrical gremlin ? It's not dangerous (yet ?) but it sure is annoying and I've wanted to kill that door chime for a long time now but don't know where it's located. Any help would be very much appreciated.
Last edited by yergen; 07-30-2011 at 02:36 PM.
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