Well here in Metro Detroit, we're reading about y'all prepping your cars for Carlisle, hope you're having a good time, been a lot of years since I made my last trip out there in 2005.
The last month has been a busy one with family and work, so I have had a hard time getting work done on this car. I've been chasing an interior lights won't go out issue and it's turned into much more of a project than I wanted it to.
Today found myself in Parts Galore (local u-pull it yard) getting a bunch of little things for the boy's 300M. And one big thing: the body controller and the fuse panel. I've been through every circuit in the door ajar system for the car, and all of the switches are good, all of the grounds are good, and all of the sense wires are good from the connector on the door latch clear to the body controller. I noticed a strange behavior last night while wrapping the wire testing up: the connector on the body controller will show a brief, intermittent continuity with ground on the door ajar sense wires when the cable is plugged in to the BCM. It is momentary, I get a quick beep! from my meter and then it goes away, but after finding no wiring issues it was enough to push me over the edge and decide to try another BCM.
I pulled the replacement out of another '99 with rear collision damage. The part number was different, but I'm thinking this is probably an indication that it was replaced at one time. The two cars were built within a few months of each other.
Got the caps for the wiper arms that go over the studs, got some decent looking headlamp welts, hopefully got the stuff I need to properly mount the spare tire and jack in the trunk, got a new e-brake release handle, got a couple of replacement front door speakers (they're aftermarket Kenwoods, but none of the OEM units in Infinity-equipped LHs in the yard were still intact, hopefully these will work ok).
Pulling the entire fuse panel and BCM from the donor car resulted in the price for the entire thing being $12, so I'm not losing much if it doesn't work. If that doesn't cure it I will be looking to y'all for some help, I'm about out of tricks on this one.
There sure are a lot of LH cars in the yards around here, many with close to or over 200K miles if the oil change stickers can be believed. It's hard to tell why some of them are in there, but no small number have had what would be a repairable minor collision and have gotten junked because the repairs are worth more than the car.
I have the replacement timing belt/water pump/idler/tensioner kit, a fresh set of Felpro intake manifold gaskets, a new battery, and the garage cleaned out just enough to fit a 300M inside with all of my other junk! I'll let you know how it goes.
Sterling Heights, MI
15 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4 3.2L
11 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman 4x4 5.7L
08 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 4.0L
00 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.2L
98 Chrysler Concorde LXi 3.2L