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I have a 2006 Saturn VUE V6 FWD 70k miles. Tonight when I was driving I noticed that the interior lights (rear center and 2 front above the driver and passenger) were still on. After driving for 45 minutes, they were still on and I couldn't turn them off, except the rear one because it has a switch. The doors would not lock when I put it in gear. When I hit the door locks, they lock then unlock. I stopped the car and checked all of the doors and rear hatch. No indicators on the dash showed anything was open. Turned the car off and restarted... no change. With the car turned off, when I hit the door locks on the remote (factory stock), the security system turns on, but the doors don't lock. If I hit it again, they lock. The interior lights stay on. I disconnected the battery (original), then reconnected... still the same problems. I disconnected the lights so it doesn't drain the battery. As far as I know, all exterior lights, dashboard, radio, windows, AC, and other electrical work fine

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  • alainbard22 Oct 08, 2010

    I did a Copy/Paste from another post, because it was the same problem, I forgot to remove 1 part : The doors would not lock when I put it in gear. When I hit the door locks, they lock then unlock. They actually lock.

    Would it still be the same solution ? Sorry about this.


  • alainbard22 Oct 09, 2010

    Do you want to know a funny thing ? Everything came back to normal yesterday when I took the car. Could it because there was a lot of rain/humidity this week ? it's weird.


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Those lights are commanded by a door switch. Since there is another problem with the doors (the lock doesn't work) the most probable cause is in the wiring to the doors - some wires are frayed/shorted.
To identify the problem the door trims will have to be removed, and probably the carpet also. This is a very big job, it will take a least a full day of working for a 2 men team - the seats are heavy and difficult to get out.

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  • Azrael SRL Oct 08, 2010

    They unlock because the door locking mechanism controller receives a parasite command to open - most likely because the wire to one of the locking mechanism is shorted and provides the command to open them.

    So yes, it's the same advice - the wiring must be checked and the defective wire insulated.

  • Azrael SRL Oct 09, 2010

    No, it's not weird at all - the humidity makes a frayed cable (or, more likely, one with the insulation just cracked) short much more easily.

    A good check-up is still mandatory and shouldn't cost much, otherwise the problem will go worse and fry something else for good.


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