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Anyone else have this happen? RE: Interior lights sporadically not working

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I'm going to make an appt at the dealer, but was curious if anyone else has had this issue. My wife opened the passenger side vanity mirror cover the other night, and the lights didn't come on. I opened mine, and they too stayed off. I tried both map lights to no avail. All other interior lights (dash, dome light etc) were fine. I checked the sunroof and it worked ok.

After playing with the sunroof, she opened up the vanity mirror again, and the lights came on! We tested the map lights, and those too powered on. I opened up my vanity mirror and no dice. And then all the other aforementioned problem lights stopped working as well.

Repeated the process with the sunroof and lights started working again, till I tested the driver side vanity mirror and that seemed to kill everything again.

Rather annoying, so hopefully not a major issue at the dealer.
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Hey misterchief,

Please let me or Erica know if you need any assistance or have any questions while you are at the dealership. You can send us a private message. I hope this is able to be resolved quickly and easily.

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It has happened to me occasionally, but usually only after it sat over the weekend. Hitting the start button to get accessory mode and then off again cleared that up for me.
Never had that problem with my 30 Olds, had a dome light also with a switch, when you wanted it on, close the switch, off, switch it off. No door switches to go bad. And no microcontroller to read code from flashram to do this.

Yet another newly created problem, an automated wire cutter would also strip off about 3/16" of an inch off the insulation that would drop into a bucket. Someone had to empty that bucket and have it recycled. The terminals were clinched solid to bare wire with an addition crimp to hold the terminal to the insulation for extra support.

To kill this job emptying that bucket, an insulation displacement connector was developed with a tiny brass triangle that is suppose to piece the insulation and make a point contact with the bare copper wire on the inside. Dissimilar metals are making contact, first mistake, second is that triangle can go in at an angle not making good contact.

So with a real switch and a real crimp, this was never a problem before, but is now. But marketing calls this convenience. Kind of question this when this convenience can cost you a small fortune to repair it when your vehicle quickly goes out of warranty.

Also a lot of sci-fi movies on this subject where automation replaces our brains.
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