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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.
my interior lights dont come on when i open the door.
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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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