Interior light not coming on when doors open

Richardrix

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Getting close to solving the door locking issue so I am now turning my attention to another issue with the doors. This time it is with the interior light.

The interior light has the three switch positions. On all the time, off all the time and on when a door is opened. The light will come on when I switch it to the on all the time position. When the switch is in the middle position (which I presume is the one where the light will come on when a door is opened) nothing happens when the doors are opened.

I didn't get a user manual with the car so need to look up what the different interior light positions actually mean.

I am thinking that the interior light is controlled by the micro switches in the door strikes on the body. If one or both of these were faulty would that cause the light not to come on or would that indicate that the door is open all the time and the light would be on all the time?

Has anyone else had this same issue? (I seem to be getting all the strange ones).
 

t-tony

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Is the light permanently live using a switched earth?

Tony.
 

Richardrix

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Is the light permanently live using a switched earth?

Tony.
I'm hoping that it hasn't been played with and works as it should out of the box. I will have to check this out when I next work on the car. In is now in a garage for the winter rather than being at my house. Hoping to get to it after boxing day.
 

Paul Rice

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It worked OK with the switch in position 3 and can assume its correct in position 1 as it didn't come on would indicate nothing wrong with light?
 

Richardrix

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It worked OK with the switch in position 3 and can assume its correct in position 1 as it didn't come on would indicate nothing wrong with light?
Correct. Light works so it must be something to do with knowing when the doors are open.
 
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