Dome Light and Door Lock Openers

Tiny
BSTEWART2124
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  • 2002 TOYOTA SOLARA
  • 122,300 MILES
I replaced my dome light in January. It went out again about one month ago. At the same time, my car stopped making the little sound when the remote opens the doors. I bought some tires at Sears and the salesman told me that I probably had an electrical problem. Nothing else with the car's electrical system seems to be malfunctioning.
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 AT 12:13 PM

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Tiny
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Check the dome light bulb again. Sometimes the quality of the bulb is suspect and not surprising for it to blow again. Another thing is that the bulb could have gotten loose in its holder or lost contact. Try turning the bulb in its seat to see if it makes any difference.

Check the dome light fuse.
For the warning chime, if the security system is working correctly, the warning buzzer could be faulty.
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 AT 12:46 PM
Tiny
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The security system is working. I'll try to take the dome light cover off and test the bulb. How much should a dome light fuse cost to install, if it's not the bulb?

Also, how much is a warning buzzer, etc?

What should I expect to be charged in the Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Florida area for those services just so I won't pay an arm and a leg!

I guess my real concern is that I have an electrical short. I had a car burn up on me in the parking lot at work and my car was totaled. Electrical problems seem to follow me. These issues seem to be minor, but can they lead to something major?

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 AT 12:56 PM
Tiny
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A fuse would cost you almost nothing.

The warning buzzer might cost anything between $10 to $50 depending on quality. I don't know how much you are going to be charged in your area but you can always check around for the prices before commiting.

If you do not have any modifications to the electrical system, I don't see any concern and minor fuses blowing are common, just that you should not be replacing fuses with a different specification. A high capacity fuse would not break the circuit in time if a shorting occurs. Keeping to the standard specifications should keep you safe.

Too bad about the other vehicle burning due to electrical problems but I would say most Japanese makes seldom burns due to electrical faults.
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 AT 1:06 PM
Tiny
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I really want to thank you so much for your help. You've helped make me feel a lot better. Unfortunately, the other car was an Acura (which is Japanese too), but that was in the 90's so maybe they are making cars better now!
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 AT 1:15 PM
Tiny
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You're welcome.

Good luck.
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 AT 2:03 PM

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