Where am I supposed to look at for this switch? I looked through the official repair manual and I just could not find mention of the door dome light switches. I did however see something called a "door courtesy switch"; is this what I'm looking for?
*Update* Okay, I figured out it IS called a door courtesy switch. Now that I've gotten to it, how do I remove it without breaking anything? I can't seem to just pull the metal out of the back.
*Update 2* Okay, I guess I got it handled. I bought some electronic cleaner (non-corrosive to plastic) and then sprayed into the switch a bit. At first I thought it wasn't working, but I later saw that in order to get the light to come on, you have to screw the courtesy switch bolt back in a little.
Usually just cleaning those switches is all it takes. The bolt grounds switch and completes the circuit. Sometimes rust on the metal area on switch (where the bolt passes through) or on the body of car can also cause the problem. The switches are all one piece and not meant to be disassembled.
Good thread to find! All 4 of my door switches (ground dome lamp and door-open light circuits) finally stopped working. One came back alive when I rootched it around. But not the other three. Car has seen some salt. Will try to pull/clean the switches and/or their mountings, per this thread.
(Door courtesy switch ground clean repair photos)
Unbolted and pulled the driver's door switch away from the door frame a couple inches, but it looks like it is hard wired to its wire. Repeated clicking and blowing on it got it back alive. (Click it with the plunger down, so dust can pour out.)Spent less time with left passenger door, and only got it working intermittingly.
Would like to try contact cleaner, but want to be sure it is a type that won't hurt that white plastic.
Will also try blowing w/ compressed air instead of lungs.