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Old 08-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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doors off question

how can i make my interior light go off with out unplugging the door switches when i remove my doors. on the light switch, it has 3 positions. seems like the 3 positions should be for on-door open- and off. anyone else have this problem or is just a jeep thing?

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Old 08-03-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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Pull the #4 fuse.

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Old 08-03-2012, 05:41 PM   #3
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Pull the #4 fuse.
X2, that fuse is specifically there to disable the door pin switches for when the doors are off. It is is located in the fuse panel behind the glove box door. You will still be able to turn the interior lights on as before with the dashlight dimmer control after the fuse is pulled.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:54 PM   #4
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You may already know this, but many dont:

To find fuse #4, open the glove box and look behind the compartment.

To get to it, slide the top part of the retaining strap to the side and remove the entire glove box....sounds scarey but it aint.


Pull the fuse...put the glove box back in place. KEEP THE FUSE IN THE GLOVE BOX.

Also remember: When you pull the fuse...the dome light wont come on automatically...DUH, thats the point. But you will also lose your headlight reminder chime. So if you get out and forget your headlights are on..... be expedient.

There are also aftermarket gizmos you can order to trick the Jeep into thinking the door is actually still there. Whichever path works best for you.

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Old 08-03-2012, 05:56 PM   #5
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Pull the #4 fuse.
Add throw in in a drawer because you will never need it again...

for the #4 slot atleast.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:18 PM   #6
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Or try these...

Lights Out For Jeep

That way you can still have the dome light when you need it. Even with the doors off. I just leave them on with my doors and turn the knob if I need to see.
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Lights Out For Jeep

That way you can still have the dome light when you need it. Even with the doors off. I just leave them on with my doors and turn the knob if I need to see.
Somewhere there is a thread on that being the most worthless, silly Jeep "part" ever. I am. It saying I agree it just made me laugh! My jeep has a switch from Quadratec you hook into the fuse panel and mount under the dash on the passenger side. I like it a lot over pulling the fuse.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:27 PM   #8
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cool thanks.
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You may already know this, but many dont:

To find fuse #4, open the glove box and look behind the compartment.

To get to it, slide the top part of the retaining strap to the side and remove the entire glove box....sounds scarey but it aint.


Pull the fuse...put the glove box back in place. KEEP THE FUSE IN THE GLOVE BOX.

Also remember: When you pull the fuse...the dome light wont come on automatically...DUH, thats the point. But you will also lose your headlight reminder chime. So if you get out and forget your headlights are on..... be expedient.

There are also aftermarket gizmos you can order to trick the Jeep into thinking the door is actually still there. Whichever path works best for you.

LoL! Good tip. I still haven't found the fuse I pulled 3 years ago.
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Somewhere there is a thread on that being the most worthless, silly Jeep "part" ever. I am. It saying I agree it just made me laugh! My jeep has a switch from Quadratec you hook into the fuse panel and mount under the dash on the passenger side. I like it a lot over pulling the fuse.
I thought about using an inline fuse, some extra wire, and a cheap switch to do this, but I ended up just pulling the fuse and I never put it back. If I really need the lights I use the steering column stalk to turn them on. I have left my headlights on a time or two since it no longer gives you a warning, but I have a deep cycle battery so that's not a big deal.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:12 PM   #11
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I did this after reading about it somewhere on here...

1) Take the doors off.
2) Setup a drill with a very small bit. 1/32 or 1/16th.
3) Push the little plunger that slides out when the door is opened back into the black sleeve it slides in and out of.
4) With the plunger depressed all the way into the sleeve (as if the door were shut), drill a small whole through the entire assembly. The whole will go through one side of the outer sleeve, through the plunger and out the other side of the sleeve.
5) The plunger will function like normal, popping in and out as it is depressed and released by the opening and closing door.
6) When you go doorless, simply depress the plunger into the sleeve and put a safety pin through the hole in the sleeve and plunger. The safety pin will hold the plunger inside the sleeve as if your doors are closed.

It took me five minutes to do both sides and works like a charm.
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My TJ has some sort of device that when I turn off the ignition the dome light comes on for about 15 seconds. There is also the switch on the sound bar to manually turn it on.
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Bought mine with the fuse already pulled, no need for the headlight reminder chime I always give her a look back when walking away...shes sexy.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:20 AM   #15
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What amperage fuse do I need to install in slot #4. I bought it with no fuse.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:23 AM   #16
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My TJ has some sort of device that when I turn off the ignition the dome light comes on for about 15 seconds. There is also the switch on the sound bar to manually turn it on.
Mine does the same thing.
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What amperage fuse do I need to install in slot #4. I bought it with no fuse.
10 AMP fuse
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I bought two of these at Lowe's(I think 1/2")
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What a cool idea! I'm getting the drill out right now!
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What a cool idea! I'm getting the drill out right now!
I imagine a small cotter pin would work a bit better!
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Somewhere there is a thread on that being the most worthless, silly Jeep "part" ever. I am. It saying I agree it just made me laugh! My jeep has a switch from Quadratec you hook into the fuse panel and mount under the dash on the passenger side. I like it a lot over pulling the fuse.

OK, I admit, I bought them my first week owning the Jeep.

Being a noob, I thought they were just awesome.

And hadn't gotten sucked in by this darn site....
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Bought mine with the fuse already pulled, no need for the headlight reminder chime I always give her a look back when walking away...shes sexy.
Love this! My friends think im crazy when i admire, and call mine sexy!
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I imagine a small cotter pin would work a bit better!
The safety pin works just fine and won't come out unless you unclip it.
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This is awesome. I bought mine with the fuse pulled but didnt realize it until reading this. Now to hit advance auto to pick up a fuse. Then time to bust out the drill.
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getting my drill out in a few, thanks for the idea.
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I just bought a switch that plugs into the fuse panel and mounted it under the dash. Simple and quick.
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i used quadratec's idea & just made my own switch with parts i had laying around. mounted the switch up in my radio bezel so i didn't have to reach over to the passenger side like quadratec's switch.
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i used quadratec's idea & just made my own switch with parts i had laying around. mounted the switch up in my radio bezel so i didn't have to reach over to the passenger side like quadratec's switch.
X2

I didn't have the parts laying around but I picked them up from auto zone cheap. I used the switch just the other night when I was looking in the jeep from the passenger side. The switch was right there and I just flipped on the light. This is such a cheap mod I think it is far better than all the various mods dealing with manipulating the door switch because going back and forth from having the lights to not having them is the flip of a switch.
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I didn't have the parts laying around but I picked them up from auto zone cheap. I used the switch just the other night when I was looking in the jeep from the passenger side. The switch was right there and I just flipped on the light. This is such a cheap mod I think it is far better than all the various mods dealing with manipulating the door switch because going back and forth from having the lights to not having them is the flip of a switch.
The interior lights on the headlight switch is always there and still works with the fuse out. You don't have to add anything.
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X2, that fuse is specifically there to disable the door pin switches for when the doors are off. It is is located in the fuse panel behind the glove box door. You will still be able to turn the interior lights on as before with the dashlight dimmer control after the fuse is pulled.
Where is the dash light dimmer control located? Not sure I I have one on my '02. I just always keep the fuse pulled out.

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