Right... now that the mod-bug still creeps up and bites my arse in the gloaming my Trep has been affected by well, crazy possessed electrical gremlins.
Here's the story so far. I pulled all the carpet out and put sound deadening in the floor pan and trunk. I found a few minor water leaks around the door sills so I re-did the body seals. Reinstalled carpet.
I pulled the roof down and installed a complete new OTIS harness. The old one is still up there, just had it's end cut off. Re-installed roof.
I ran a 4g. amp wire directly off the new battery (Mopar) fused at the post, to the trunk for both my amps. Amps grounded to a self-tapping screw in the rt. trunk floor. (still hearing alternator whine through speakers...prolly need to sand some more and re-ground).
Pulled the old gauge cluster out and replaced it with a 300M. Also replaced the mechanical shifter to Auto Stick. I haven't hooked up the wires to the BCM yet. Installed a new steering wheel (@#$%#$% Sweet!!!) but haven't hooked up the volume controls yet. Cruise controls work and no SRS warning lights so I guess I did it right.
I've also installed a new bumper cover with fogs. That one is connected to the blue fog lamp output wire and works perfectly. This is the only mod that has worked without a hitch for me. I've also added an auto light switch with a sun-load sensor. The sun-load sensor is not hooked up yet either.
While I had the dash ripped apart I reinstalled all the wires for my audio. Ran new RCA's and remote power to the trunk when the carpet was out. Installed a three gang power outlet to power the Xm, iPod and Nav systems. (Never hook a Xm outlet to 12v directly.... it makes one hell of a zort!)
Installed new to me leather seats and drove the car for several days.
Now I can start the car, drive it and park it. Put the thing in park and turn the key to the off position and remove it.
THE CAR STILL RUNS. The dash lights stay lit....then randomly put up odd warnings. No two alike warnings... I have to pull the red fuse to get the car to choke off.
Ok so I rip apart the column yesterday. The key cyl. is fine. I hook up the OBD III scanner (ah the advantages to working at a Chrysler/Dodge dealership!) and the thing says unknown code. WTF?
Looks like I'll order the electrical part of the ignition switch today and install it tomorrow. I'm hoping that will fix everything. But I just can't understand if the key is off and the ignition wires are unplugged how can the car still run? I've checked all the fuses in the car. They are all intact.
One other clue that might help you, help me. When I changed the shifter, I had to replace the shift cable interlock with the one for the autostick. The difference between the two is that my old one had an electrical connection to it. (No idea what this is, but the one for the 300m didn't have it) I'm thinking this might have something to do with the odd electrical problems.
Seriously, this has gotten to the point of not being fun anymore and now all I want to do is just drive the car....OFF A CLIFF