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Old 04-09-2008, 08:01 PM   #1
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My lamp monitor lights up and the chimes ding 3 times... but not even most of the time... and there are no visible lights burned out. It just happens randomly. The Traction Control Off light comes on randomly too and won't go out even if I push the Traction Control button. But then it does go out all by itself... usually after turning the key off and then starting the car again. !!!!???
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Please don't post mechaincal problems in general chat.

Moving to the proper section.
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This doesn't appear to be mechanical. Sorry.
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Then it belongs in ELECTRICAL. Problems with your car don't belong in General Chat. Please read the Forum descriptions. It'* clearly explained.
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The same thing happened to me.

I would go days without hearing the all-annoying "ding ding ding".
finally it got to a point where it did it every 30 seconds.

I took each bulb out and inspected not only the bulb but the socket as well.

turns out that on my rear window brake light (which was still functioning fine) the glass portion of the bulb had slightly seperated from the metal portion that plugs into the socket.

Swapped it out for a new bulb and never had to mess with it again.
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I already replaced the 3rd brake light. But I haven't checked all the other sockets for corrossion. Could that be the problem, even if the lights work? Or maybe seperation of glass and metal in a different light (although when the chimes ding it doesn't usually show a specific light, but when it does, it'* the 3rd brake light).
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Yessir. I would check all the lights just in case. In my case, after time the chime got worse. It was EXTREMELY annoying.
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Take the time to make sure the two license plate lights are on and ALL the dinky little taillight lamps.
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mine is doing is all the time right now and i want to set the car on fire.. the thrid brake light. I pulled over, tapped the light, moves all the wires ( rear deck removed right now ), hit the brake pedal.. nothing.. then it just rnadomly is ok again.. Bulb is brand new.. if i dont figure it out soon.. and imean soon, im either one.. gonna get rid of the car - seriously its annoying, or two - tak the bulb out completely.

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As long your checking if bulbs are good, make sure ALL the bulb bases and sockets are clean and free of any corrosion. Poor contact may still allow the bulb to illuminate, but can throw off the reading of the Lamp Monitor and cause the monitor to think a bulb is not functioning and ding to let you know.
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