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Blinkers,windows etc the windows short out when it rains and now when I open the door it causes both blinkers to start flashing anyone have any clue why this would be?

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  • lunalill Jun 17, 2009

    and those wires are to the windows or to the blinkers? Since only one of the windows will roll down I was assuming that all of those things must be reconnected, the moon roof

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The best place to start on this vehicle is the wiring harnesses that are located in rubber boots between the doors and the body of the vehicle. Peel the boots back and check for broken wiring in all or the doors, especially the drivers door.

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