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#1 Old 09-06-2008, 08:27 PM
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Dorm light, - Car's inside ceiling light - NOT Working

My car is 1997 Corolla - 1.6 L --- 4 Cyl ---- 4 Door

Inside car light or dome light, is not working. ( interior light)

I tried, changing bulb and also replacing fuse,
as per chilton's book picture. It is fuse picture No. 12, as per chilton book's picture

No Luck.

Any idea??? all other lights working.

Org owner had put a new CD player and had switche dteh org radio's wire for that new CD player.
New CD player and it's clock is working fine.

Fuse of picture no. 12 (Chilton Book) of 20A was common for interior light, trunk light, open door warning light, clock, radio tape player, door warning light.. etc as per the book.

Did this thing happen due to switching the wiring of org. radio to a new CD player ????? Any Idea ???


Help is needed, as I have to always keep a charged battery in my car otherwise, in winter's dark time.

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does the door ajar light work when doors are opened?
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There is no other light on door.

No other inside light, except the dome light, in the central ceiling area

The dome light is not working in any case,...

if turned ON,
door opened or
in any case.


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Toyota corolla given book is a small and common to many models kind of useless book and 99% of times,
it shows and advises totally different, than what you see in your own car.

Same thing applies to Chilton books. .

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i meant the light on the dash, does that light up when the door is opened?

but it sounds like thats not the case.

you'll need a multimeter to check for continuity between the fuse holder and the bulb socket. if thats over your head then just keep a flash light in the car with you and dont worry about the dome light.

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Inside car light or dome light, is not working. ( interior light) I tried, changing bulb and also replacing fuse,
as per chilton's book picture. It is fuse picture No. 12, as per chilton book's picture.
Org owner had put a new CD player and had switche dteh org radio's wire for that new CD player.
New CD player and it's clock is working fine.
Fuse of picture no. 12 (Chilton Book) of 20A was common for interior light, trunk light, open door warning light, clock, radio tape player, door warning light.. etc as per the book.
Did this thing happen due to switching the wiring of org. radio to a new CD player ????? Any Idea ???
I will get back with you on this, I hate the the Chilton manuals, but they are better than nothing. But it may be faulty dome switch. Mine has the tendency to sometimes work and sometimes not. Are the contacts for the bulb corroded? And no, the radio would have nothing to do with it.


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^^ There is only one light inside the car, - central dome light.

No other lights on dash board or car doors.

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Light-bulb contacts are clean and looking good and I even tried to rub with tooth brush and by pressing and all means,.... to make sure that pressure is coming on clean contacts and they stay in clean touch.

No luck.


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Light-bulb contacts are clean and looking good and I even tried to rub with tooth brush and by pressing and all means,.... to make sure that pressure is coming on clean contacts and they stay in clean touch.

No luck.
Actually there is a warning light on the dash also for when a door is open. And the dome light is tied in to the system so if the light on the dash isn't working it could be a couple different but still simple issues

I don't have a chilton manual so I don't know exaclty which fuse you tried but it should have been the one under the hood in fuse box #2. Take off the cover and change the one labeled DOME.

If you did that then try checking continuity, switch it to on, remove the dome light cover, remove the switch connector from the light asm, check terminal 2 and body ground. Then switch over to door and check terminals 1 and 2. If you don't get anything, then change the switch.


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No lght on dash.

I checked teh fuse, even tried with new.

even if I will try with multimeter or volatage checker instrument, and if no current is coming at the switch where teh buld is inserted.

I am not going to tear the car ceiling to locate the teared off wire .

It's just too much.
shame to the manufacture, and on top of, it's sadful that they can't even provide a right car manual showing exact picture of the car that you bought.
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No lght on dash.

I checked teh fuse, even tried with new.

even if I will try with multimeter or volatage checker instrument, and if no current is coming at the switch where teh buld is inserted.

I am not going to tear the car ceiling to locate the teared off wire.

It's just too much.
shame to the manufacture, and on top of, it's sadful that they can't even provide a right car manual showing exact picture of the car that you bought.
I don't think it's a torn wire. When you take the cover off, do you see the connector that connects to the dome switch? If you don't want to try testing it, then try replacing it.

Another part that is tied into the system is the "door open" switches in each door jam. It may be possible a switch is stuck. This would cause the "door open" light on the dash to not light up and also the dome light will not come on when a door is open. But that should not interfere with the dome light when you switch it to "ON". I would definitely try changing that dome switch next. I'm not sure how much they are but they should be inexpensive.

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Another part that is tied into the system is the "door open" switches in each door jam. It may be possible a switch is stuck. This would cause the "door open" light on the dash to not light up and also the dome light will not come on when a door is open. But that should not interfere with the dome light when you switch it to "ON". I would definitely try changing that dome switch next. I'm not sure how much they are but they should be inexpensive.
All 4 door jamb switches would have to be stuck or disconnected for that to be the cause. But as you said that should not interfere with the ON position.
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I opened the two screws next to the Bulb location area,
and took off the whole switch assembly ( size of a palm ).

Now somehow I need to know wherther the assembly is bad, or the power is not coming all the way up to that assembly.

If I take the assembly to radioshack/ pepboyz can they check it and tell ?

Multimeter is expensive. I need to find whether teh power is coming till that assembly or not, before I discard the assembly and replace with new one.
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still could not find out, what is wrong ???
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You can make your own test light out of a bulb. Just tape 2 wires, one to the body of the bulb and one to the end (tit) of the bulb. Solder would be better. Then just test the power at the connector...
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I just ran into this problem. Dome light doesn't come on. Played with the switch. Took out the bulb and the filaments look good. The door ajar indicator on the dash works. Fuses are also good. What else could it be?


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You need to check the back of the dome light assy unit with a multi meter, make sure you are reading power of any kind. Then check your wiring diagram in your repair manual to assist you with diagnostics; remember to check your intergration relays. The dome light has one of its grounds in the door switch or the drivers side front and rear door.

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