Possible interior lighting issue.

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Asked by Nov 24, 2012 at 03:02 PM about the 2000 Dodge Caravan Sport

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We have a 2000 Dodge Caravan.  When the doors are opened, the lights blink, the 4-way lights blink, the
"door ajar/lights on signal" chimes, and you can hear the "park lamp relay" clicking.  When you take out
the relay, it does not stop the other problems.  I took off the turn signal thinking it was going bad and
with it disconnected, it still does the above mentioned things.  Any suggestions?

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Is it equipped with any type of alarm system? It could be that the alarm siren is disconnected but upon the vehicle being open, the alarm module still activates the alarm.

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It does not have an alarm system. The blinking seems to coincide with the interior lighting. When the interior lighting "shuts off," it stops. I saw on-line where people had a similar problem and changing out the turn-signal handle seemed to solve it. I took it off to see if maybe cleaning it off would help and when I opened the door (with the signal off and disconnected), I still got the disco show. I cleaned off the battery terminals and made sure they were secure and grounded...still getting the disco show. I also took out the relay and put another one in figuring a bad relay...and still getting the disco show. Any other suggestions maybe?

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Body control module? But thats a guess. Check all of the door jamb switches. Other than that, Im stumped.

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I will give that a try. Thanks for the suggestions.

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Michael, I wanted to let you know that you were fairly correct on your first guess...and I cannot figure out how to change the best answer on this thread. Though the car does not have an alarm, it does have an anti-theft device which had been acticvated when I cleaned off the battery terminals a few days prior to the issue we had been having. When I took it in to the repair shop, they had to re-sync the "door lock remote" to the car, which took all of a couple of minutes. Basically, they hit the un-lock on the remote in rapid succession several times and restarted car. Cleared up the problem. Thanks for your advice...you diagnosed the problem correctly and I appreciate that. Thanks again!!!

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