The indicator lights on my 2001 Saturn SL2 sedan randomly come on and stay on from time to time when I start and drive my car. If I shut the car off and restart it, the same or different indicator lights may come on and stay on until the car is shut off again. The most common lights are the "fasten seatbelt" light, which will stay on either blinking or solid, even though my seatbelt and that of my passengers is fastened; the "security" "and "service engine" light also come on and stay on together, but not all of the time. Other times, no indicator lights are on while the car is running. I have checked the fuses for these things and they tested good. I have also tried changing the fuses, but the problem continues. More recently my automatic door locks are malfunctioning -- when I unlock the drivers side door, the outside handle will stay flipped up and the door latch will not engage when I try to close it. Today the locks were apparently clicking when I got home, but my driver's door would not unlock or open. I could open the passenger door but not the driver's door. My mechanic told me some months ago that all of this could indicate a problem with the alternator. He said that since it was "intermitant" I should wait until it fails completely! Six months later, the car is running fine, but the random dashboard lights and the lock problems continue. What is wrong with my car?
Friday, January 6th, 2012 AT 11:49 PM