Light doesn't come on when door is open

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Old 27 Dec 2006, 10:31 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Light doesn't come on when door is open

This started today: when I open the door of my 98 Camry, neither the
interior light not the "door open" sign on the dashboard comes on.

The interior light bulb is ok as it does come on when the switch is
flipped manually.

What could it be: fuse? (Sorry, I am not exactly Ms Goodwrench here!)
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Old 28 Dec 2006, 09:03 am   #2 (permalink)
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"Ajanta" <ajanta@null.void> wrote in message
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> This started today: when I open the door of my 98 Camry, neither the
> interior light not the "door open" sign on the dashboard comes on.
>
> The interior light bulb is ok as it does come on when the switch is
> flipped manually.
>
> What could it be: fuse? (Sorry, I am not exactly Ms Goodwrench here!)


There is a push button switch which is activated (retracted) in the door jam
when the door is open (just like a refrigerator). The switch is broken or
does not retract properly when the door is open. Find the switch and see if
it is stuck (try some WD-40 to unstick it). If you have a problem finding
the switch, check the door on the other side.


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Old 28 Dec 2006, 11:29 am   #3 (permalink)
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Mark A <nobody@nowhere.com> wrote:

: There is a push button switch which is activated (retracted) in the door jam
: when the door is open (just like a refrigerator). The switch is broken or
: does not retract properly when the door is open. Find the switch and see if
: it is stuck (try some WD-40 to unstick it). If you have a problem finding
: the switch, check the door on the other side.

Thanks. Makes sense even to a non-tech like me. I'll check that.
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Old 28 Dec 2006, 06:28 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Ajanta" <ajanta@null.void> wrote in message
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> Mark A <nobody@nowhere.com> wrote:
>
> : There is a push button switch which is activated (retracted) in the door

jam
> : when the door is open (just like a refrigerator). The switch is broken

or
> : does not retract properly when the door is open. Find the switch and see

if
> : it is stuck (try some WD-40 to unstick it). If you have a problem

finding
> : the switch, check the door on the other side.
>
> Thanks. Makes sense even to a non-tech like me. I'll check that.


My '96 has done that from time to time. The plunger switches are under a
rubber weather protector. I just operate them while holding the plunger out
and twisting slightly to re-establish contact. Do this while noting when the
courtesy light starts to operate again.

The switches are mounted on the body under where the door closes.

Jason


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Old 28 Dec 2006, 06:36 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Jason James <home@work.1.0> wrote:

: My '96 has done that from time to time. The plunger switches are under a
: rubber weather protector. I just operate them while holding the plunger out
: and twisting slightly to re-establish contact. Do this while noting when the
: courtesy light starts to operate again.

Got it. I still haven't gotten to my car but this makes sense. Was your
problem due to the weather protector getting stiff or the switch
itself. Also, could you fix the problem permanently?
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