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Old 08-16-2018, 11:37 PM   #1
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I parked my 2006 ion for about 6 weeks. Nobody drove it. Took it to doctors office other day and noticed door locks were trying to relock intermittently while i was driving down the road, also noticed intirior cieling and map lights were coming on and going off intermittently. Parked it when i got home and alarm started going off randomly. I get key fob hit some buttons to make it stop but it keeps doing it. Also noticed while it was parked the interior lights would randomly come on and go off by themselves. I was thinking BCM at first but not really sure. Then I decided to diconnect the battery overnight to try resetting all the elctronics to see if that would fix it, didnt work. I called the dealer, they ran my vin and said theyre were no recalls on my car. Im 90% sure that if i leave the car unlocked the alarm doesnt go off but if i lock it the alarm goes off when parked (makes sense if its a faulty sensor somewhere). The wierd part is the car was fine before I left for vacation, its odd that i come home and its possessed after sitting 6 weeks untouched. Heres a little background, 2006 ion 2 with a 5 speed, 4 door, 150k, im second owner, i bought it off the first owner at 125k, she had the car serviced at the same dealer she purchased it from since new. Serviced reguraly. The car is imaculate/clean/was very lightly used and every thing worked 100% until this. Only modification on whole vehicle is LED headlights /bulbs i installed last winter for better brightness/visability. Only thing I could say bad about the car is i hit a deer with it two summers ago and wrinkled a small portion of the hood near the latch. It was a slow hit about 30 mph, suprisingly little damage never fixed it cuz its hardly noticible. I wondered if theres a hood latch sensor? that would be strange for it to act up two years after the accident. So right now Im going to check all door sensors, hood and trunk latch sensor. As im writing this Im leaning twards faulty door sensor. If nobody has any input im just documenting my case here to mabye help others in the future, will update soon.

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Old 08-17-2018, 12:03 AM   #2
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Original battery? Did you check both battery cables in the trunk, the red cable on the Remote Start terminal next to the engine fuse box. Had the battery and alternator tested at a store seeking car batteries? Is your drive belt loose or tight?

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Old 08-17-2018, 12:09 AM   #3
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Not original battery but its clean and works fine, i did notice its much higher capacity than neened, ill check but i think its 860 cranking amps. Both battery cables in trunk look mint, i took em off to try resseting electronics. Altenator has not been tested but i could put my multimeter on it tomorow see if i get 14v. Belts are fine inder the hood. Ill have altenator and battery tested if i dont find a faulty door sensor tomorow.

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Old 08-17-2018, 12:36 PM   #4
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Update for anybody with this issue... this morning I found the drivers door sensor was obviously faulty. it was cockeyed in the hole and the slide piece was bent. When i went to remove it the sensor fell into 4 or 5 pieces. Put new one and and issue is resolved.

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I mentioned starting with power before going into electronics since one comes first before the other. Screwy power can have an immense effect on everything relying on an even power source.

Your deer story reminded me of a similar incident years ago. My brother borrowed my wagon one hot summer day. He rear ended someone (at low speed), both cars were fine. No damage. He fell asleep without using ac (he's cheap) in the hot weather. About a year later, my radiator sprung a leak. My guess is the light hit was just enough to start a crack but took about a year to develop before replacing it. The wagon was never in an accident before then.

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Old 09-03-2018, 04:28 PM   #6
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So i thought the issue was resolved because it went away for a few days. But all the symptoms are back, I checked all the other door sensors and nothing seems wrong. I had some other wierd symptoms as well, new ones, when i started the car the other day the instrument cluster was flickering the whole drive. And the right front turn signal went out then came back the next day. litterally just a bunch of starnge wierd symptoms.

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Old 09-06-2018, 02:09 PM   #7
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Where do you live? It seems that there could be an intermittent short, possibly made worse due to summer humidity.

What things are giving funky readings/operation now?

What things are clearly working perfectly without problems?

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Old 09-19-2018, 02:27 AM   #8
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I live in New Jersey. I think im going to have to buy a new BCM. Heres the latest condition.
1. interior lights come on randomly, when driving they only come on at very slow speed like approching a stop light.
2. car cannot be locked because car alarm goes off right away.
3. Intemitent, radio screen didnt light up other day, radio worked but had no display, one time only, verified it wasnt cabin light dimmer switch setting.
4. one time, right blinker would not work, acted as if bulb was out, next morning it worked and has ever since.
5. one time instrument cluster lights were flashing so fast it would gave an epiletic a siezure. also verified dimmer switch made no difference.
6. Passenger window has not worked for a while, niether drivers master control or passenger swithc will operate window. Did work one oddly when it was needed, a friend cut her big toe off and i raced her to the hospital, she smoked ciggerets and obviously needed one, window magically worked that trip only and never since.
7. Just yesterday noticed rear drivers window does not work from either drivers control or the door itself.
8. Door locks try relocking constantly when driving, sometimes after awile the locks stop moving and i just hear a relay clicking down where the bcm is located.

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I live in New Jersey. I think im going to have to buy a new BCM. Heres the latest condition.
1. interior lights come on randomly, when driving they only come on at very slow speed like approching a stop light.
2. car cannot be locked because car alarm goes off right away.
3. Intemitent, radio screen didnt light up other day, radio worked but had no display, one time only, verified it wasnt cabin light dimmer switch setting.
4. one time, right blinker would not work, acted as if bulb was out, next morning it worked and has ever since.
5. one time instrument cluster lights were flashing so fast it would gave an epiletic a siezure. also verified dimmer switch made no difference.
6. Passenger window has not worked for a while, niether drivers master control or passenger swithc will operate window. Did work one oddly when it was needed, a friend cut her big toe off and i raced her to the hospital, she smoked ciggerets and obviously needed one, window magically worked that trip only and never since.
7. Just yesterday noticed rear drivers window does not work from either drivers control or the door itself.
8. Door locks try relocking constantly when driving, sometimes after awile the locks stop moving and i just hear a relay clicking down where the bcm is located.
I know you said you already replaced it, but this is a telltale sign of a bad door jamb switch or a wiring fault related to the door jamb switch. The BCM is programmed to turn off the interior lights when the vehicle speed exceeds 5 MPH with a door open. Double check the integrity of the wiring going to your door jamb switch.

If you haven't done so already, I would check the wires in the driver door jamb that are inside the rubber sleeve. I suspect you have one or more broken wires there.

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