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Old 13 Nov 2008, 08:55 pm   #1 (permalink)
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'93 Camry XLE V6, 113,500 miles.

Sometimes my dome light works when I open the door and sometimes it won't.
The dome light will only work with the driver's front door (and only
sometimes) - it never works with the passenger door or the two back doors.
Also, the red lights at the bottom of the doors do not light up when you
open them. The driver's side used to, but it doesn't now. Also, now the
door ajar light isn't working. Now if I am outside of the car when the door
is locked, if I pull the door handle, the dome light comes on. This sounds
kind of complicated to me. What do you think?

Thanks.

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Old 14 Nov 2008, 02:31 am   #2 (permalink)
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Nerd wrote:
> '93 Camry XLE V6, 113,500 miles.
>
> Sometimes my dome light works when I open the door and sometimes it
> won't. The dome light will only work with the driver's front door (and
> only sometimes) - it never works with the passenger door or the two back
> doors. Also, the red lights at the bottom of the doors do not light up
> when you open them. The driver's side used to, but it doesn't now.
> Also, now the door ajar light isn't working. Now if I am outside of the
> car when the door is locked, if I pull the door handle, the dome light
> comes on. This sounds kind of complicated to me. What do you think?
>
> Thanks.


I think you have two sets of switches: one set in in the door
frames, and those are simple plunger switches that open when the door
isn't pressing on them, turning on the light. They are stuck or broken.
You also appear to have handle-activated switches, probably to make it
easier to enter the car, and to make sure no one is hiding in it.
Someone else should be able to confirm this. The LE models have only the
door frame switches.
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Old 14 Nov 2008, 12:03 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Nerd wrote:
> '93 Camry XLE V6, 113,500 miles.
>
> Sometimes my dome light works when I open the door and sometimes it won't.

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Here's what I've done on the '94 Camry and it seems to have worked
well for the pin type switches in the door frame that activate the
dome light.
If I press in on the switch and then slide my finger off to the side
so it snaps back out, the light would come on. Actually, just doing
that a few times may work for a while.
So next I gently pulled back the rubber cover, but there's a strap
holding it in the center. Think you need a 10 mm socket to remove the
bolt, then the switch and cover can be removed together, then the
cover slides off easily.
I think I just sprayed the switch with WD-40 without removing the wire
from the body, then reinstalled after manually operating the switch a
few times to confirm proper operation.
Think I had to do this twice on one switch but other than that, no
problems since.
184,000 miles now.
Mine's the LE - no extra illumination in the doors, so can't help you
there.
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Old 14 Nov 2008, 04:30 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Doinking with the driver's side door jamb switch today, I was able to get it
working again at least for now just by pushing it in and back out. The door
ajar light came on as well, even the red light on the door came on. I then
did the same thing to the passenger side, I was actually able to get it to
work also, including the red light on the door. Maybe I will pull the
switches out and spray them because maybe that's all they need. I haven't
touched the back ones yet to see what's going on there.

I'm not having any problems with the door handle when I pull it when the
door is locked the dome light comes on. That part of it works fine.

Thanks.

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> Nerd wrote:
>> '93 Camry XLE V6, 113,500 miles.
>>
>> Sometimes my dome light works when I open the door and sometimes it
>> won't.

> ======
> Here's what I've done on the '94 Camry and it seems to have worked
> well for the pin type switches in the door frame that activate the
> dome light.
> If I press in on the switch and then slide my finger off to the side
> so it snaps back out, the light would come on. Actually, just doing
> that a few times may work for a while.
> So next I gently pulled back the rubber cover, but there's a strap
> holding it in the center. Think you need a 10 mm socket to remove the
> bolt, then the switch and cover can be removed together, then the
> cover slides off easily.
> I think I just sprayed the switch with WD-40 without removing the wire
> from the body, then reinstalled after manually operating the switch a
> few times to confirm proper operation.
> Think I had to do this twice on one switch but other than that, no
> problems since.
> 184,000 miles now.
> Mine's the LE - no extra illumination in the doors, so can't help you
> there.


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Old 14 Nov 2008, 08:45 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Nerd wrote:
> Doinking with the driver's side door jamb switch today, I was able to
> get it working again at least for now just by pushing it in and back
> out. The door ajar light came on as well, even the red light on the
> door came on. I then did the same thing to the passenger side, I was
> actually able to get it to work also, including the red light on the
> door. Maybe I will pull the switches out and spray them because maybe
> that's all they need. I haven't touched the back ones yet to see what's
> going on there.
>
> I'm not having any problems with the door handle when I pull it when the
> door is locked the dome light comes on. That part of it works fine.
>
> Thanks.
>
> "Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:7c7ff081-eab6-4739-be33-01e85655bc90@l33g2000pri.googlegroups.com...
>> Nerd wrote:
>>> '93 Camry XLE V6, 113,500 miles.
>>>
>>> Sometimes my dome light works when I open the door and sometimes it
>>> won't.

>> ======
>> Here's what I've done on the '94 Camry and it seems to have worked
>> well for the pin type switches in the door frame that activate the
>> dome light.
>> If I press in on the switch and then slide my finger off to the side
>> so it snaps back out, the light would come on. Actually, just doing
>> that a few times may work for a while.
>> So next I gently pulled back the rubber cover, but there's a strap
>> holding it in the center. Think you need a 10 mm socket to remove the
>> bolt, then the switch and cover can be removed together, then the
>> cover slides off easily.
>> I think I just sprayed the switch with WD-40 without removing the wire
>> from the body, then reinstalled after manually operating the switch a
>> few times to confirm proper operation.
>> Think I had to do this twice on one switch but other than that, no
>> problems since.
>> 184,000 miles now.
>> Mine's the LE - no extra illumination in the doors, so can't help you
>> there.

>


WD-40 isn't a long-lasting lubricant. It's good for freeing up
parts, but doesn't stick around for ages. Plus it's somewhat toxic. If
the switches aren't rusted, light machine oil or one of the 'miracle
lube' oils might work better in the long run.
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Old 17 Nov 2008, 12:56 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Leftie wrote:
> WD-40 isn't a long-lasting lubricant. It's good for freeing up
> parts, but doesn't stick around for ages. Plus it's somewhat toxic. If
> the switches aren't rusted, light machine oil or one of the 'miracle
> lube' oils might work better in the long run.

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That's true about WD (water dispersant) - 40, but we're not really
looking for long term or even lubrication for the door switch
electrical contacts.
Just something to get them working again.
I just reached for something that seemed to have a chance and it did
work.
I also have some electrical contact cleaner from CRC, that might be
even better.
The main thing is to remove, inspect the switch, and clean the
contacts.
There's enough contact surface on the electrical parts that touch so
it's not really critical, just need to be moved around some then
reassembled.
Could even touch them up with fine emery cloth I suppose
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