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Old 05-18-2007, 16:19   #1 (permalink)
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Wipers, dash and blower working with key OUT!

Hi all,

Had a funny thing earlier tonight - should challenge some of you bods out there!!!!!

Neighbour knocks the door and tells me that the hazard lights were on. So I went downstairs and checked ......they weren't actually on; the alarm had gone off.

Now I was right above the window when the alarm must of gone off but i couldn't/didn't hear any noise!!

I reset the alarm/car and carried on working but it went off several more times - i could just about hear it from the front now i was expecting it.

I opened the car and looked at the dash and was rather perturbed to see some of the lights on the dashboard on - the key was in my hand NOT THE IGNITION!!

The lights (airbag and ABS ones) were just about visible, but flickering.

I turned the ignition on, started the car and when for a quick drive - everything seemed OK.

I got back home, took the key out and the lights were still faintly on but I also noticed that when I took the key out, the petrol gauge moved from ~1/4 full to ~1/2 full.

I went back into the house to answer the phone and then my better-half told me that the wipers had just activated - again the key was IN MY HAND.

I went back out to the car and found that I could now also operate the wipers and the blower with the key still in my hand. The lights were also brighter than before.

So for now I have disconnected the battery but am a little concerned at what is happening.

If I was superstitious, I'm thinking that this would be one hell of a poltergeist!

Any help/ideas would be appreciated!

Neil
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Old 05-19-2007, 15:32   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Wipers, dash and blower working with key OUT!

I take it this is a Mondeo? Any add-ons that are wired into the ignition switch or a faulty switch itself could cause this.
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:12   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Wipers, dash and blower working with key OUT!

Hi,
Thanks for the prompt response!

Yes the car is a W (2000) reg Mondeo Ghia X.

As far as i am aware, there are no addons anywhere.

Hope this is of use to you!

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