First, I should tell you that I know nothing about cars. I'm just hoping this problem is something that I can fix with a little help from you all.
The door chime on my mother's 1998 Mystique is malfunctioning.
What's happening is that when the driver's door is open, the interior lights don't come on and the chime no longer works. Instead, the chime will sometimes sound very briefly when driving down the road and the car lights will come on. It will sound for a split second, stop, sound for a split second, stop, etc. Sometimes it will do this for maybe a couple seconds and sometimes it will do it for over 10 minutes. It's enough to make you go crazy. There are no problems with the other doors and the chimes or lights. It's only on the driver's side.
Also, as I was going out to the car one night, at my mother's house, I noticed that the inside lights were on. They were the same lights that would come on if the door was open. I know no one had been in the car because the car was in the locked garage. I have no idea how long they had been on. They were off when my mother and I had last gotten out of the car.
Someone in another forum suggested spraying WD-40 into the door latch. So I tried that and it didn't work. But this has me confused because there's a push button/pin near the door hinge that works the lights and chimes. I don't see how the latch has anything to do with the chimes and lights. Anyway, today, the push button/pin and the spring came out. I tried to put it back in but it wouldn't stay. It seems to have no affect on the chiming and lights problem.
One last thing is that my mother had the windshield wipers on very briefly, and the car lights came on but she says she didn't hear the chimes. She says it's possible that they did sound but maybe she couldn't hear them over the wipers.
Please tell me there's an easy solution to this. At the very least, I would like to know how to stop the chimes from sounding.