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Old 10-22-2017, 08:26 AM
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All Interior Lights On

Got up this morning and all the interior lights were on - seems they were on all night. Dome lights, floor well lights, and the display was on saying BMW. No doors or tailgate open. I still had enough battery to start the car, then I shut it off and put the charger on. But, I can't get any of the lights to go off. I will check the fuses later. Any ideas on why all the lights would do that?
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Bad door striker switch?
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Is the main interior light switch on (the center button on the overhead console)?
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Thanks. I don't think the main interior light switch was not on, and the lights do go off now after 30 seconds or so as normal. I will check that switch though, to be honest, I didn't know there was such a thing. I would have thought the the car would be smart enough to turn the lights off even if that was left on.

I have had a couple of other issues recently that I hadn't paid much attention to until now. Driving a couple of weeks ago, and my wife noticed that the lights in the rear floor well were on, and so were the lights inside the upper tailgate. The warning for the tailgate being open was not on, but I got out and re-closed it, and they all went off. I've also had a couple of instances where the message "check License plate lights" came on when I shut the car off. In both instances, when I went back there, the license plate lights were working fine. I am wondering if the sensor on the tailgate for interior lights is failing. I'm not sure where it is or how to find it. I'll need to look at a schematic.

It was somewhat cold last night, nothing like it will be in a month, but it was about 19 degrees F. It has been down to 15 earlier this year, so I don't know if that means anything.

I had to leave this morning, so all I have done so far is to let the runner stops for the tailgate down just a bit (I had tightened those early last summer) pull and clean the three fuses that go to interior lights - 4, 17, and 27, and put the car on the charger. The battery was way down of course, but luckily still had enough to start the car.

Oh, and I disconnected the negative battery cable for several hours in hopes of resetting something. Any ideas on where to go from here would be appreciated. Right now (warmer outside) the interior lights are functioning normally.
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Is the main interior light switch on (the center button on the overhead console)?
I guess I'm not clear on what that switch does. If I'm sitting in the car and press it, all interior lights come on - OK. If I get in, and the interior light come on when I get in, and then I press it, all interior lights go off immediately, But no matter what position that switch is in, if I get out of the car, all interior lights fade out after 20 or 30 seconds. That's what they apparently failed to do last evening. That switch doesn't make any sense to me.
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I guess I'm not clear on what that switch does. If I'm sitting in the car and press it, all interior lights come on - OK. If I get in, and the interior light come on when I get in, and then I press it, all interior lights go off immediately, But no matter what position that switch is in, if I get out of the car, all interior lights fade out after 20 or 30 seconds. That's what they apparently failed to do last evening. That switch doesn't make any sense to me.
Everything is explained in the Owner's Manual.
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Everything is explained in the Owner's Manual.
Yes - read that. It seems that it is nothing more than a manual switch to do just what opening and closing a door does, with the added ability to turn the interior lights off completely by holding for three seconds. However, the manual also says that all lights will go off completely after about 15 minutes. That clearly did not happen as they were on all night.

Everything is working right now, so it's tough to track a problem. I will watch more carefully, and if this happens again, I will try pressing that button for 3 seconds, or pulling fuse 27.

For the record, the manual with this car is somewhat of a joke. It doesn't even have a fuse diagram. It seems written for someone that is going to have Jeeves change a fuse for them. That's why I appreciate this forum so much.
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The lights will turn on with unlock button on the remote. I have had problems with buttons on the car remotes on both mine and wife's x5. Exercise the buttons on any key fob to make sure they are properly turning off.

The 3-second press on the cabin light button is to disable the lights for when working on the car they won't come on from the doors being open.

When you lock the door with the remote the lights should go off within half a minute or so.

I have had problems with the lights when the cabin light button got 'stuck' it is not a normal on/off switch that defeats the light, it's just a remote control input button that sends a signal to the computer.
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Yes - read that. It seems that it is nothing more than a manual switch to do just what opening and closing a door does, with the added ability to turn the interior lights off completely by holding for three seconds. However, the manual also says that all lights will go off completely after about 15 minutes. That clearly did not happen as they were on all night.

Everything is working right now, so it's tough to track a problem. I will watch more carefully, and if this happens again, I will try pressing that button for 3 seconds, or pulling fuse 27.

For the record, the manual with this car is a joke. It doesn't even have a fuse diagram. It's written for someone that is going to have Jeeves change a fuse for them.
The owners manual is written for the first time buyer clientele. Demographically these owners are NOT DIYer. Since they are first time buyer, they are accorded certain factory service which includes maintenance and factory covered repairs. Replacing fuses or fixing problems with the X is done for the first time buyer by the dealers.

As a diyer, the BMW repair manual by Bentley provides the info that you seek.
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The owners manual is written for the first time buyer clientele. Demographically these owners are NOT DIYer. Since they are first time buyer, they are accorded certain factory service which includes maintenance and factory covered repairs. Replacing fuses or fixing problems with the X is done for the first time buyer by the dealers.

As a diyer, the BMW repair manual by Bentley provides the info that you seek.
Very true. And with all of the features this car has, I'm very glad to have it. I never buy brand new cars - depreciation would be silly - but if I did, I still wouldn't go through all the trouble of taking it to a dealer to change a fuse. I suppose there are warranty issues. Oh well, I won't ever have to worry about it.
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