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Old 04-08-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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Interior Light and No Doors Question...

Hi everyone. Now that it's warm out i want to take my doors off and put the top down, but I was wondering what to do about the interior light that comes on when you open the doors? does the light just stay on all the time while the doors are off?

This past weekend, as a test, I kept the doors open for about ten minutes while the car was parked to see if the lights would go off after a certain amount of time but they just stayed on. Am I supposed to pull a fuse to kill the lights or am I missing something here?

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Old 04-08-2010, 11:58 AM   #2
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in my 04 tj the interior lights cut off after about 30-45 minutes. found out while doing audio work at night lol.

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Old 04-08-2010, 12:07 PM   #3
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I think it's fuse #4 behind the glove box.... They should go out after about 10 minutes, but that is a long time to drive around with the dome on at night....
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:19 PM   #4
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I just remove the #4 fuse and keep it in the glovebox until late Fall when I put the hardtop back on. Some little gadgets are sold to keep the doorjam buttons pushed in but it's pretty easy to remove the fuse. The dome light still works with the switch on the multi function blinker lever thing.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:25 PM   #5
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Spring clips from 4wd.com
Next time your ordering something, add them to the list, since they are cheap enough.

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Old 04-08-2010, 01:27 PM   #6
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Cool. thanks for the info everyone! Great help!
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:29 PM   #7
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Or you can always make a plate that presses the push pin in, by attaching the the screws to door frame for dash.

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Old 04-08-2010, 01:34 PM   #8
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I just pulled the doorjam switch out and unpluged it. Any time i need light just turn dome light switch on.
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The engineers specifically designed the interior lighting to be disabled when the doors are off by pulling fuse #4. The beauty of how they designed it is in that you can still turn the interior lights on in the usual way by rotating the dashlight dimmer control. Pulling the fuse doesn't disable the interior lights totally, it just disables the door switches for when the doors have been removed. It's clear from comments in threads like this that not everyone reads their owners manual that describes this in detail.
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Only bad part about the design is your headlight reminder doesn't work with the fuse pulled.



I wired a switch inline with a new fuse, and have it in an easier location to access than the OEM fuse. much less hassle when I want to yank the doors for a quick trip across town.

Headlight reminder still doesn't work, but at least you don't have to remove the glovebox any more.

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Only bad part about the design is your headlight reminder doesn't work with the fuse pulled.
Not many of us need the constant din of buzzers, chimes, warning stickers, etc. to make it through our daily lives. I pulled the buzzer out of my then brand-new TJ the first weekend I had it home 5/96 and never once killed the battery by leaving my headlights on. I have simply learned to remember the basics on my own without the need for annoying buzzers, chimes, etc.. The more we use such automated constant reminders, the more dependent on them we become.
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For reference (correct me if I am wrong), the #4 fuse is on the lower right hand corner on the fuse block. Maybe that will help. (also has 4 on it)

Also, there is a neat little write up here or on JF that some guy did. He removed his door switches, compressed them, drilled a hole straight throw and now uses a paperclip or safety pin to keep the compressed when he removes his doors.

As stated above, the fuse is probably the easiest.
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Jerry has it right. If you look at the wiring the #4 fuse is actually in the ground leg of the circuit. It's a rather elegent way of controlling the light without extra switchs or relays.

The Jeep parts stores sell a switch kit the plugs into the fuse, but you can make you own for much less.

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