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Old 06-26-2013, 09:41 AM   #1
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interior light remains on until car is locked

For the last week, when I turn the key off and remove the keys from the ignition, the interior light/odometer remain on until the car is locked. In the past, of course, they would remain on for a brief period then shut off on their own. No, it is not the ignition switch (replaced mine about a month ago and the problem cropped up a few weeks after that). In addition, it doesn't matter whether the top is up or down, so I assume it is not a microswitch for the top.

Does anyone know what part is responsible for the time-delay on those lights, as I assume that is what is malfunctioning. Its no big deal and it forces me to lock the car at all times when I get out (not a bad thing), but I like everything operating perfectly and want to get it repaired.

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Old 06-26-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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For the last week, when I turn the key off and remove the keys from the ignition, the interior light/odometer remain on until the car is locked. In the past, of course, they would remain on for a brief period then shut off on their own. No, it is not the ignition switch (replaced mine about a month ago and the problem cropped up a few weeks after that). In addition, it doesn't matter whether the top is up or down, so I assume it is not a microswitch for the top.

Does anyone know what part is responsible for the time-delay on those lights, as I assume that is what is malfunctioning. Its no big deal and it forces me to lock the car at all times when I get out (not a bad thing), but I like everything operating perfectly and want to get it repaired.

Thanks

Brad



Just because you replaced it doesn't mean it's not the ignition switch...again...


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Old 06-26-2013, 10:34 AM   #3
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No Fatmike, it doesn't necessarily. However, there is obviously something apart from the ignition switch which causes the time delay in shutting off the interior lights after the key is removed from the ignition.

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:07 AM   #4
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Had a look at mine and the odometer stays lit for quite a while after closing the door (3:45), then goes off automatically. However, the interior light above rear view mirror and door (curb) lights go out after 30 seconds.

Have you tried cycling the 3 position switch on the interior light?
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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Door microswitch, maybe? When working on the interior, I've noticed that the gauge and interior lights stay on indefinitely if I don't close the door.

I guess that the horn would probably honk if it were when you locked it...just a guess.

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:29 AM   #6
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Wow, I hadn't realized it was that long! Patience is not one of my virtues; heck, I don't even think it is a virtue. To me, patience is just a word to describe the exquisite agony of having to wait, sometimes almost interminably, for something that should happen immediately but for the sloth or incompentence of others. Anyway, enough of that. I'll try it again and report back. But 3:45 for the odometer?????

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Particlewave, I don't believe it is a microswitch for the doors precisely because the horn doesn't honk when I lock the car (as it will if a door, or the trunk or the armrest is not completely closed). Anyway, I went out to my car, put keys in the ignition, turned the keys on, then off and removed them without locking. I'll go back out in a couple of minutes and see if the lights/odometer went out.

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:38 AM   #8
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Thanks ccjazz, mystery solved! I went back out after 4 minutes and both the interior light and the odometer were off. Not sure how long it took (and for the reasons already indicated, I couldn't be bothered waiting beside my car for them to go out), but they did!

Maybe patience is a virtue afterall....... Nah!

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Haha, your post got me wondering myself. I've often wondered why I would notice that the interior lights had dimmed but the odo was still on.

Now I know too.

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