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Arrrgggh! [Jun. 25th, 2007|10:04 pm]
darkskywatcher
Damnit, why did my car randomly decide to malfunction? Now my dome light won't shut off. I can't figure out why, and there's no easy solution as far as I or my coworkers can tell. So now I either spend a portion of the night babysitting it or I run the battery down a whole lot. Just what I needed.
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[User Picture]From: phoenix_snake
2007-06-26 07:54 pm (UTC)

boo!

That sucks.

have you thought about prying off the cover and unscrewing the lightbulb? cheaper than electrical work on your car and a plausable stopgap.
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[User Picture]From: darkskywatcher
2007-06-27 03:07 am (UTC)

Re: boo!

It was also affecting the door lights, so unfortunately that really wouldn't have been plausible.

Fortunately, I managed to turn them off. Thanks for the advice, anyhow. :-)
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From: thegelf
2007-06-27 02:04 am (UTC)
If you don't mind having no dome light, just pull the fuse. There should be a fuse box either by your left foot when you're sitting in the driver's seat, and/or under the hood of your car. A bit of trial and error (or looking at the users manual) should tell you which one the dome light is on. Hopefully nothing vital is on it too. Also, before pulling the fuse check your switches and knobs if you haven't already. Something might be stuck that jiggling it will unstick.
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[User Picture]From: darkskywatcher
2007-06-27 03:06 am (UTC)
I had not thought to check the owners manual (I was in fact surprised to to discover that the car still had one), but my mother suggested it and I took a look.

Apparently, one of the options on this car is a sort of automatic light timer, such that you can have the dome light turn on at a time of your choosing. I have no idea what use this would ever possibly be, but I noted from the diagram that if the car had one, it would be mounted next to the dimmer switch. Well, I pushed on the dimmer, it clicked, and the lights shut off. I had no idea it could do that...I've been driving the car for years and the dimmer never affected the interior lights before.

So I must have bumped it or something yesterday, I don't think I'll ever figure out how or when. But the problem is solved, and I didn't even lose all my battery power.

Thanks for the advice anyway.
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From: thegelf
2007-06-27 08:04 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, I do enjoy dispensing advice. ::grin::
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