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post #1 of 21 Old 04-24-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Dome lights stay on with key off

96 with 5.2. Dome lights are staying on when the ignition is off, turn right off whenever I turn the ignition on or to accessory. Already unplugged the door switches, as well as unplugged everything from the tailgate itself, the lights are still staying on.

Any ideas at all? I'm stumped here


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post #2 of 21 Old 04-24-2013, 05:22 PM
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Do they turn off after a short while? Could be something wrong in the headlight switch.
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They stay on all the time. Went to work and came back and they were still on. Tried messing with the headlight switch and got no change in results.

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post #4 of 21 Old 04-24-2013, 05:50 PM
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check the door pin switches... my driver door pin switch in the front of door jam between hinges on the body.. wasn't being pushed in far enough... you can possibly throw a cpl pieces of electrical tape to build it up or you might have to replace it. but sounds like one is bad... if not is probably in the multifunction dash switch,

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Like I said I already unplugged the switches, still no change. I may have to unplug the dash switch next...

Though when I push the slider switch all the way up then back down, the relay in the passenger kick panel clicks and the lights flicker off for a heartbeat then are back on.

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Pulled the dash switch cluster out, no change, wound up just finding the relay (it was the only hot one) and popped it out. Not going to bother me, not keeping this one anyways, can still turn the lights on manually though.

I'd prefer to make my own harness for the transplant anyways, when it comes to lighting at least.

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Those light can be manually overridden on by simoly pushing in on the lense, you did check that they were in the off position right?
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Yes, that was the first thing I have checked, and no, they don't turn off when I do that.

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I still think door pins could work just fine but if not getting enough contact to close loop

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Pulled the dash switch cluster out, no change, wound up just finding the relay (it was the only hot one) and popped it out.
Relay contacts might be fused together. Swap out the relay.
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I still think door pins could work just fine but if not getting enough contact to close loop
I was always under the assumption that the circuit is completed from the door being opened (pin gets pushed out by spring).

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Relay contacts might be fused together. Swap out the relay.
Then why would the lights turn off when I turn the ignition on?

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I was always under the assumption that the circuit is completed from the door being opened (pin gets pushed out by spring).

Then why would the lights turn off when I turn the ignition on?
They are pushed out by a spring.. But if they do not get pushed back in far enough to break contact (flip the switch...) they will never shut off with ignition or not.. Would be like riding around with open door.. If you don't have that problem.. It is Not in the pins

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Definitely not the pins, like I stated. Unplugged them all and no change. Not the headlight switch assembly either, perhaps a short somewhere between the door switches and the relay panel...

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When I amplified my door speakers, I cut the wires that I thought were for the speakers, then I had the same problem with the lights. The wires were in the passenger kick panel. When I reconnected them they were fine. Maybe something down there is messed up.
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push in the rear most lamp. it over rides everything but the ignition for turning the lights on.

it could also be a bad body control module.

'97 zj 5.2, some stuff, some other suff, and some things that even work sometimes.

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