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Old 10-23-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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Question Interior lights dont come on when I open the door

I just sold my 98 and bought a 2003. In my 98 the interior lights attached to the headliner would come on whenever I opened the door or unlocked the doors with the remote. The 2003 lights on the other hand do not come on. I have to manually turn them on when I get in the car and it can be frustrating when I'm in the dark and cant see anything. Is this just how it is in the 2003 or is something broken.. or is there some switch I'm missing.. any insight would be appreciated.
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Is it with one door or both?
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I just sold my 98 and bought a 2003. In my 98 the interior lights attached to the headliner would come on whenever I opened the door or unlocked the doors with the remote. The 2003 lights on the other hand do not come on. I have to manually turn them on when I get in the car and it can be frustrating when I'm in the dark and cant see anything. Is this just how it is in the 2003 or is something broken.. or is there some switch I'm missing.. any insight would be appreciated.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:47 PM   #4
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Is it with one door or both?
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my interior lights dont come on when i open the door.

Really? It seems odd to me that an older model would have that feature but a newer one wouldn't.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:59 PM   #5
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It is supposed to. I'm not really sure were the sensor is for it but it could be stuck or it may have a separate fuse...
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I guess the dealer would know? I could drive it over there. At least just to find out what I need to do to fix it.
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spray WD40 in the door latch on both sides, open and close the door about 10 times. If this doesnt fix it, search for the fuse under the dash on the drivers side.
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Thanks I'll try that.

But would it be a fuse, if the lights do actually work when I switch them on manually? Or is that a separate fuse?
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are you talking about the map lights(2 lights with switches on the dome light) or turning the **** until it clicks beside the cluster? If your turning the **** then I would believe it is just the sensors in the door latches making them not turn on when you open the door(s).
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Talking about the map lights (dome lights). They turn on just fine when I switch them on manually, but in my old car they came on automatically when I opened the door, or unlocked the door with the remote...
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FYI map lights dont come on when you open the door, the dome light does.

If the WD40 doesnt work, check the bulb, if that is fine, check the fuse. report back here if it still isnt working.
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Ah I'm getting confused now. Dome lights and map lights arent the same thing? The lights on the headliner, with the two switches, one for passenger side one for driver. Each light turns on when I flip each switch. Is there actually a separate bulb in the middle of those two lights or something?

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Yes behind those little lights, under the clear cover is the dome light. The two little lights are the map lights.

Have you tried turning the headlight switch all the way to the left? The dome light should turn on then.
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Oh lord. I'm an idiot. I took off the dome light cover and there is no bulb in the middle! So I just went to buy the bulb, put it in, and apparently it just stays on constantly. So it's no wonder whoever had the car last took the bulb out. anyone know how to fix this?
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Aaand I'm getting dumber by the minute. I had the headlight switch clicked over. That's why it was staying on. DOH. I swear I'm not a dumb girl haha. All fixed now though. Thanks to everyone that helped me out!

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Don't feel too bad. I once had an 'issue' that my interior lights remained on...turns out it was because the headlight switch was also turned all the way over.

I made a thread about it and everything.
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LOL!! yay I don't feel so bad now
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Sometimes it happens to me too, late at night after work, I wonder why my lights are on when all the doors are shut, then I realize its the ****. No problem!
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Don't feel too bad. I once had an 'issue' that my interior lights remained on...turns out it was because the headlight switch was also turned all the way over.

I made a thread about it and everything.
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I have 3 total lights for a dome light, 2 small ones on switches and one in the middle, the one in the middle comes on automatically when you open the door or manually if you turn the head light switch counter clockwise. Try rotating the headlight switch until you hear a click if the dome light comes on its the sensors in the door. If they dont come on it is either a blown fuse or a blown bulb. Or in my case when I first bought my mustang there wasn't the 3rd bulb because someone removed it and forgot to replace it
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