I'm having a series of what I will call electrical problems with my Mazda 3. I'm not sure if they are interrelated and wanted to get some advice or ideas from you guys. Apologies in advance for the novel..
First and foremost, the reception on my radio has degraded. First, it was a little static on the AM channels but recently it is both AM and FM and the static / interference has jumped significantly, even on local channels that should be crystal clear.
Second, my battery died. It was WELL over 4 years old and probably in need of replacement, but the next two items happened after replacement and I'm curious if there is a relationship:
Third, the cigarette lighter port on in my center console that I use to plug in an iPhone charger has stopped working. I checked the charger itself on another port and it still works fine. I had always had the problem of that port picking up engine noise, meaning if I was charging my iPhone with it and also playing music out of the iPhone, I would hear engine noise as well as the music. This was a manageable problem, but now the port just doesn't work at all.
Fourth, and finally, I have managed to lose both of my keyless entry clickers so I use my key to get in the car at all times. On several occasions now (and more so lately) I have run into situations where I unlock the drivers door, open the door, unlock all the doors and then, when another door is opened (or even the trunk) the car alarm goes off, even though all the doors were unlocked. I have to run over to the drivers side door and re-unlock the door with my key.
Again, none of these issues are that big of a deal but I am concerned that they are all somehow related. I'm also concerned that I will take the car to a mechanic or dealership without getting some advice on possible issues first.
I REALLY appreciate any help in advance that you guys as the experts can offer me
Thanks so much! Michael