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Old 01-19-2009, 10:04 PM   #2
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1996 SW2
Default Re: Electrical issues

Model may be an issue with the interior light issue. Coupes only have two door switches whereas sedans have four. That's the only interior light, unless you have a sunroof. And it's the only light that comes on with the door switches.

But what's common between the rear defogger and the lights is the CHIME fuse. Check it. Does the chime ring when you open the door with the headlights on?

Have you tried the power locks with both door switches? What about the RKE?

Most common cooling system failure is the radiator. At about your car's age, the tank on the driver's side, just below the top hose connection, cracks. Look for a coolant leak there. If you're smelling it more inside the car, the prime suspect is the heater core.

That isn't an overflow tank, by the way. It's a reservoir, part of the pressurized cooling sytem. The cap can fail over time, but if you're not seeing coolant leaking or spewing around the cap, don't worry about it for now. Just remember that the cap is the pressure cap for the system.
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