Dear Car Talk Community,
My 98 Avalon recently has been acting up: the car locks itself when I am driving, from time to time; sometimes, when I push my power seat, it locks, sometimes when I touch brake pedal, it locks, at this situation, I will constantly push button/brake 5-6 times to validate it is correlated. Sometimes, I didn’t touch anything, it also locks itself. And also, my remote cannot lock the car, but it can unlock the car. Furthermore, if I lock my car from inside, close the door, and then open the door with my remote, it triggers the alarms.
I know a short answer is it goes haywire. But I am just curious if there is anything I can do. I forgot to mention I live in freezing upstate NY, and this problem happens since this winter. It also happened to my 2001 Toyota Sienna, in winter, but it cured itself somehow. Also, I love washing my car in the automatic wash, so maybe the strong water gets into the system. But I already stopped wash my car,
Live in the north, if you don’t wash your car, it rusts away, if you wash your car, it haywire.
Thank you for reading, if you have any suggestions to make my life easier, please let me know, I am carrying two sets of keys now just in case I lock my self out.