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Console flashes.Also locks & light go on & off by theirself.

I have a '97 Grand Cheerokee. It runs very well, but it does weird stuff. The console flashes along with the radio lights. I set the time on the radio and its fine until I turn the car off then restart it again. If I don't reset it, then it just flashes all day.
Yesterday the interior lights were blinking while the locks started unlocking and locking themselves. It did this twice, but for only 3-4 seconds each time. The lights come on when the other doors open, but my drivers door opens and no lights come on at all. Then the alarm goes off!!
Can anyone give me any advice about these things? Do i need fuses, wiring, etc? Im in the Bronx,NY area. Does anyone know of a good mechanic? I have one that I started going to, but would like a second opinion. Thanks.

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I don't know about your lock situation - but I had the same issue as you with the blinking/flickering lights on the console/radio/overhead console. What the problem usually is, is the headlight control switch, the one to the left of your steering wheel. There should be a dimmer switch, headlight controls, possibly foglight and auto headlight options. - I don't know if you have those.

What you need to do is either replace the switch, which is anywhere from $80.00 - $130.00 new - OR - you can attempt to fix the switch by taking the switch box out of the dash, taking the screws out, and resoldering all of the the connection joints with fresh solder. What happens is over time these joints crack and have bad connections.

To test if this is your issue, try pressing hard on the headlight switch, or dimmer switch, or knocking on it, while your console is illuminated and if it dims that's your issue.

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