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Old 06-15-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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Do I Need To Pull The Interior Light Fuse?

I just got my first jeep last night. It is a 99 sahara. My friend has an 06. When he takes his doors off, he says he has to pull his fuse to keep his interior light from staying on. When I took my doors off, my light never came on. If I rotate the dash light knob, the light will come on, but I can turn it off. Do I need to pull my fuse to make sure my battery isn't dead in the morning?

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Old 06-15-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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It sounds like he fuse is already pulled. I would check the #4 fuse in the fuse panel behind the glove box. If its there, take it out. If it is not, you are good to go.

Congrats on the new jeep. I have a 99 sport and I live it.

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Old 06-15-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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^^^^What he says. Congrats on the Jeep. 1999...good vintage
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:10 PM   #4
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^^^^What he says. Congrats on the Jeep. 1999...good vintage
Sounds like you're talking about wine lol. I've got a 98, and yes pull fuse #4 to make sure the lights don't stay on with the doors off. You will lose the chime feature if your headlights are on. However much better to pull the fuse than to buy one of the kits they make for a odorless jeep.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:32 PM   #5
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would i still be able to turn the light on with the switch if the fuse was pulled?
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:35 PM   #6
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no..the fuze is not pulled...and you dont have to pull it...
the light still works from the dash switch because the fuze is in..it is fine..
the guy who owned it before you un hooked the door switches..that is why the dash switch still works..
open your door..there is a button sticking out on the jam..(front of jam above door strap)..that is what turns your light on when door is open..they unhooked that...it is fine and will work with dash switch..if you want it to work with doors in the winter...re connect it..very simple to do
its how i run mine..and the light will come on every time you turn the jeep off for about 30 seconds..
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:39 PM   #7
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oh..and my doors stay off for days at a time..no problems with the switch un hooked and the fuze still in the box
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:00 PM   #8
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Where could I look to see if the button on the jam is unhooked? Just to make sure that's what they did
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Pulling the fuse will NOT effect the light switch on the dash. Fuse #4 is to enable/disable the door switch only. Simply pull fuse #4 if the doors are off, and put it back in when the doors are on and you will be golden. Check and see if the fuse that's in there is good.
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would i still be able to turn the light on with the switch if the fuse was pulled?
Yes. Fuse #4 behind the glove box, if pulled, will disable the door chime when your headlights are on and doors are open. It will disable the overhead light when doors is open, but you can still turn it on manually.

That's how it it works in my '04. I have been running without fuse #4 for years. I never put it back in because I like the way everything functions without it. Nice and quiet. I suspect the previous owner of your Jeep did too.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:59 PM   #11
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The PO could have also wired in a toggle switch to bypass the door switch. I have one in mine and can still turn the headlight switch to turn on the overhead light.
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oh..cool..didnt know that..thanks..i unhooked the door switch..ill plug it back in and yank the fuze..kill that chime..
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:12 PM   #13
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I have a hard top & full steelies... I pulled the fuse at the beginning of the season and don't plan on putting it back in until the weather starts getting too cold.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:04 AM   #14
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I finally got around to checking my fuse box. #4 is still there, so I felt behind the switch in the door jam, and they are both unhooked
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I finally got around to checking my fuse box. #4 is still there, so I felt behind the switch in the door jam, and they are both unhooked

That's why you lights do not come on.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:16 AM   #16
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I guess that's just as good as pulling the fuse isn't it?
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:28 AM   #17
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I guess that's just as good as pulling the fuse isn't it?
You can do that

Buy clips for the outside of the door switches

Pull the fuse

Install a switch inline with the fuse (what I did)
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:27 PM   #18
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You should also check to see if the door jamb switches are even in. My PO took them out and threw them away. I had to replace them. They look like these:

BWD Door Jamb Switch | Product Details | Pep Boys


If it's missing, you'll see a hole in the door jamb on the tub itself.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:04 PM   #19
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The switches are still there. So is the wiring harness plug. I can feel them hanging behind the door panel
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:06 PM   #20
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The switches are still there. So is the wiring harness plug. I can feel them hanging behind the door panel

So the plugs are disconnected then?
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:23 PM   #21
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Correct
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:15 AM   #22
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Easy fix - replug and enjoy not bashing your head and knees when you get in and out at night!
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:09 PM   #23
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Haha. I may plug them back up in the future, but right now, I don't really have a need for the dome light. I just wanted to make sure my battery wouldn't be dead from having my doors off and not pulling the fuse

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