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'01 Sonata Room Lamp Fuse/Electrical Problem

About a month ago, I started up my '01 Sonata, turned on the headlights, and the chime that alerts you that you have left your headlights on after turning the car off began to chime--with the car running, doors shut, etc. The chime continued the whole way home, and persisted every time I turned the lights on.

I took the car in to the dealership, and it was at the service department for four days. When I finally couldn't take it and called to see what they had found, they told me it was a blown fuse and to come pick up my car. I was surprised, and not completely satisfied, but the car worked, so I was on my way.

Well, last week the same thing happened again. I immediately made an appointment and took it in. In the meantime, I looked at the repair paperwork from the first time, noted which fuse had caused the problem (Room Lamp fuse), checked the fuse and it was blown again, so I replaced it to get by until my appointment.

They have had the car for two days now, and I got a call telling me that they have done all they can do without charging me a bunch of money. They said that they cannot figure out why the room lamp fuse being blown is causing the headlights on chime to go off. They cannot find any reason the fuse is blowing (but obviously there's a problem somewhere), so I have some options: I can replace the entire room lamp assembly, which does not seem to have a problem--this is not under warranty, so it will cost me a bunch. Or, I can have them tear apart the electrical, piece by piece, to determine where the problem is, and hope that they find a faulty component that is under warranty. If it is a faulty WIRE, it will not be covered, and I can pretty much expect upwards of $400 to find the problem and fix it. OR, I can just keep replacing fuses . . .

I'm stressed and have no idea what to do. How high is the threat of my car bursting into flames from some electrical issue if I just keep replacing fuses?? There has to be a short somewhere that is causing the fuse to blow . . . BTW, even though it just says it is the room lamp fuse, it also controls the power antennae, because the antennae does not go up and down when the fuse is blown.

Any ideas, short of getting a new car??? Any help is greatly appreciated!!!


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