- OEM radio, instrument panel lights, tail lights, and "remove key chime" malfunctioned within the past week
A bit of history . . . a couple years ago caught my toddler putting coins in the CD slot. Around the same time had a mouse nest behind the center console and took a couple days to get it out (long story). About a year ago, starting having issues with the sound going out on the radio/CD/DVD even though the device showed that the source was playing. Banging on the dash usually got it back working, and until this week we have not had that problem for the last few months. About a week ago I changed the oil and reset the oil change reminder and when I removed the key from the ignition, the chime kept ringing and the console lights stayed lit as if I didn't take out the key. I tried everything to get it to stop and saw in a forum that banging on the wheel got it to stop -- so I tried and it worked for me as well. A few days ago the radio completely went dead - no lights would turn on and banging on the dash didn't help.
Troubleshooting done this morning (didn't fix anything):
*took 7 coins out of the radio - didn't fix the problem
*Verified that all the fuses worked.
*Checked the 12v constant and 12v ignition wires to the radio. The 12v constant wire (wht/blue) did not show any voltage (it should have), but the 12v wht/red wire did show 12v when the key was put into the on position as it should.
At sunset, I got a call from my wife who is taking our two kids to grandma's house 250 miles away and she discovered that the backlight to the instrument panel is not working. She turned the dimmer knob and it didn't do anything. Just a few minutes ago, someone was honking at her because her rear tail lights quit working. She's not going to drive anymore tonight out of fear of what might fail next, but plans to finish her trip tomorrow morning and get the van fixed there.
1) Should she be fine driving the last 100 miles tomorrow i.e. Is it likely that brakes, airbags, sliding doors, or other critical systems will malfunction?
2) What is/are the most likely cause(s) of these electrical issues? (i.e. "It could be A B or C")
3) What would be a fair cost to repair each of the suspected problems? (i.e. "If its A, that should cost $100. If B, $300 . . . ")