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Old 10-28-2009, 06:55 PM   #1
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Interior Lights Wont turn

Hello All,

I have a bit of a problem...well actually one of many but I would like to tackle this one first considering I think it may be something simple.

My 92 yj 6 cyl 5 spd has been sitting for about a week because transmission mount and or skid plate fell and my transmission dropped about 5 inches and i have been waiting for the guy that will be doing my floor panels to get on it. anyways i figured i would start it since its been sitting but the battery was dead...i did not worry ive been around jeeps long enough to know there batteries like to die quick when not driven. so i jumped it and it jumped right up but i noticed a a slight puff of smoke by by interior light switch (roller) and now the interior lights wont turn off.

sorry for being a bit long winded but any help would be great.

thanks in advance.

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Old 10-28-2009, 07:02 PM   #2
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I'd take apart your dash and see if that smoke actually came from the switch. If it did try disconnecting the switch, the lights should turn off

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Old 10-28-2009, 07:09 PM   #3
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sounds like something shorted out allowing power to be applied to the "lights on" terminal of the roller switch.

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Old 10-28-2009, 08:26 PM   #4
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thanks for the guessing that is the answer as a good amount of water pours into the cab from behind the dash on both driver and passenger side when it rains.

any suggestions on how to attack this? i know to take the dash apart but aside that how can i look for a short?

thanks again.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:42 PM   #5
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If you have water comming in from behind the dash your windshield frame is probably rotted somewhere and will need to be replaced. If you don't stop the water from comming in and fix the floors first it won't take long for them to rot out again.

I would take the bezel off of the dash that goes around the speedo and tach. The interior light switch is held in with two screws on the front of it. Remove the screws, pull the switch forward and disconnect the electrical plug from it. You can then inspect the switch for any discoloration from being shorted out.
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this is something on my list of things to do as well, only i think i have a constant fed to an accessory line somewhere.
dash lights always on, park lights always on, no dim control, and when the headlights are on i can turn the car off but still play the radio lol

but from the sound of things the first thing is to take apart the dash and get a better look at things

when i first bought my jeep i had to replace the windshield frame to stop it from leaking . . but i still need to grind out and prime the floor where the water got bad . . . .
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:26 PM   #7
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well jeeps do like to fix themselves dont they...checked it out this morning and all is working fine. I just need to stop the water that is leaking in.

thanks for all the help
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:43 PM   #8
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Close the Door! J/K lol.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:18 PM   #9
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haha...not that much of a newbie moto

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