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MG MGF Technical - Electrics

Well, nothing had gone wrong with the car for almost 2 months...

Now I have a set of problems and I wonder if they're related.. My interior light doesn't always come on when the doors open and sometimes it comes on when I close the doors. One of my headlights (LHS) is no longer working on the normal beam - it's very dim. My CD changer no longer works at all and (and this is a big and) most times when I lock the car the alarm goes off! Sometimes the immobiliser light comes on, sometimes not. sometimes it flashes, sometimes it doesn't, it just comes on and stays on (no flashing). Sometimes I can lock it when the light comes on, sometimes I can't.

Sometimes I really, really wonder why I keep this car...

Any advice gratefully received.

Elisabeth
Elisabeth

Does the car start as normal??I once had a poorly charged battery and it caused all sorts of strange goings on with the electrics which didnt make sense, but a charge sorted it out.
Wayne D'Andilly

>My interior light doesn't always come on when the doors
>open and sometimes it comes on when I close the doors.
...
>and (and this is a big and) most times when I lock the
>car the alarm goes off!
...
>Sometimes the immobiliser light comes on, sometimes
>not. sometimes it flashes, sometimes it doesn't, it
>just comes on and stays on (no flashing).
...
>Sometimes I can lock it when the light comes on,
>sometimes I can't

These all sound like a faulty door lock, in the UK 60, but make sure you buy the right one (there are several, like 6 or 8 possiblities, early cars need a conversion 'kit' for the smaller of the two plugs, which is another 5)


>One of my headlights (LHS) is no longer working on the
>normal beam - it's very dim.
Have you tried changing the bulb?

>My CD changer no longer works at all
Don't know - does the radio keep it's tuning?
Will Munns

You might have a problem with the wiring loom behind the radio.
In several cars the wires have rubbed against the radio and and in the end chafed off the insulation, thus causing a short.

Carefully take out the central air vent or the radio and look at the wiring loom behind the radio.

Succes,

Johan
Johan Slagter

Thanks for the replies.

The drivers side door sensor is supposedly a bit dodgy, but as everything happened within a few days of each other I'm beginning to suspect something more sinister. I think the wiring loom is a good place to start.

As a devout luddite when it comes to these things, I'm going to bite the bullet and take it to the dealer. Should be interesting (and expensive) to say the least..

wish me luck.
Elisabeth

Gulp! Good luck!
Rob Bell

This thread was discussed between 03/03/2004 and 05/03/2004

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