Electrical issues, could this be a issue with this year and model
At very random times (while I'm driving) my interior light will come on for about 45 seconds and just turn off, along with my steering colum moving up and down, on it's own while idling in park. Is this a common issue with this year and model? I just recently bought this car, would you just suggest I return it or do you think this is a minor issue? I really love my car!
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I think you should just let it be problems like this always happen with the older bmw's at times you will not even be able to move your seat or the steering colum but it will come back on before to long .
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common electrical shorts in system? No common problems , no silver bullet's . Taking the vehicle to a auto part store is your big mistake . Your best bet , take it to a qualified repair shop. That has a factory or professional scan tool that can read DTC'S in the BCM - body control module . An others etc..
Shifter not moving from park to drive , shift interlock system , shift lock control unit . Auto part store's can not read these code's .
You have no idea the electronic's your dealing with .
It's a surprise that an Elantra would last 10 years. Time to get this issue to a mechanic, and trade the car in. Look for a car that will last without issues and problems. I owned a new Hyundai Elantra for four years, and paid for it twice from so many electrical, steering, and suspension issues. I now drive an Infinity for the past 7 years, drove it for 160,000 miles, and not a single repair bill. Just maintenance. Other cars you may consider are Volkswagen, Volvo, Lexus, and Audi.
Check door switch connection and operation. If the door switch is part of the door lock mechanism, within the door itself, then remove door panel, disconnect the mechanism's electrical connector and re-check that the interior light no longer comes on with that door ajar. If it doesn't, then you likely have a faulty door lock mechanism, which you will have to replace. This faulty switch will also have the affect on your random central locking function.
This is not likely connected to the engine performance issue.
It's your headlight relay. Next time it goes off, switch relay #45 with relay #46, (same model relay, just for the fan). Buy a new relay, but in the mean time, clean the contacts on the relay #45 and the contacts in the fuse box, this should keep you going. I cleaned mine, and it's lasted over a year now, BUT I keep a new relay in the glovebox just in case.
By the way, we're talking about the fuse box in the engine compartment here, not the one under the rear seat.
This vehicle and the Ford Expedition are known for this issue. It is very possible that your Ignition coils are going bad. Typical issues will start intermittently>> random Jerks on take off, shutter 45-65mph when the gas pedal is pressed, stalls, random misfire (engine light may or may not appear. This problem will get worst over time leading to stalls and misfires or the vehicle will simply ditch you!! I recommend replacing ALL 8 coils and performing a tune-up simultaneously (spark plug replacement). The coils on these vehicles tend to fail between 70k-110k miles, if all aren't replaced you may experience the same issue in the near future.
have the vehicle scanned for error codes at autozone, its free. Post codes for more help....These engines have issues with the COPs (ignition coils-over-plugs) failing prior to 80k miles. When they fail typical problems are: Sputtering under load/acceleration, rough idle, random misfires, random stalling, light or heavy jerking under load (usually at 15-35mph and 45-65mph)..hopefully this helps!!
You should definitely replace the fuel filter though this probably won't fix your hesitation. It wouldn't hurt to replace the spark plugs this is usually the culprit on these engine. I have the same engine in a '99 caravan and found the for some reason the spark plugs on cylinder 3 and 4 loosen up after one year and cause a misfire between 45 and 50 mph under load (when mildly accelerating).