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Old 01-12-2010, 10:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The dome light in my softtop works when you turn it on. It does not come on when a door is opened. I'm wondering if it's just the switch in the door. I also noticed there is not a switch on the passenger door. I don't even see a hole where there was one, in case it had been removed or broken off. Does only the driver's side have the door switch? And I'm guessing, although I haven't looked, that the tailgate didn't have one either?
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There's a door switch????
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The switch in the door controls the ground circuit to the dome light and the key-left-in-switch buzzer. You need to pop the switch out of the door jam, clean up any corrosion, and make sure that a black ground wire is connected to it. If the wire is connected, then follow it under the dash to make sure that it is not disconnected as there is a bullet-type connector under the dash above the left speaker. After cleaning up any corrosion on the switch, make sure you apply a liberal amount of dielectric grease to the contacts.

If this fixes the light, but the buzzer doesn't buzz, then it is possible that the buzzer has been disconnected behind the dash cluster. Since I wanted my dome light and buzzer to work, but also wanted to be able to remove my doors without the buzzer droning on, I added a switch between to the black wire that connects to the door jam switch and where the bullet connector plugs. Now I have a switch on my dash that I can toggle on and off.
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That's a great idea. What's funny is I would've never even thought about the buzzer till the first day taking the doors off, all excited and happy only to find a constant buzzing. I did have the switch out and saw some green on it and was hoping cleaning it off would do the trick. The wire was still connected, too. So is there only the switch on the driver's door? I'm guessing probably since now you mentioned it controls the key-in buzzer.
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The only switch is the driver-side door. And don't expect a door-ajar light on the dash cluster either.

After cleaning up the contacts on the switch, don't forget the grease as it will quickly corrode again if you live in a wet climate. It wasn't until the third time that I did it.
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we have a door switch????





actually my dome light hasn't worked for a long time so I pulled the bulb out of it... I can't remember if I disconnected the door switch...
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...theres a buzzer? lol. my light doesnt come on when the doors opened, and even the switch takes a few goes to work
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Link to audio of the Samurai door buzzer for those that have never had the pleasure
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I added an extra toggle switch to the dash for when I remove the doors. That way I can still have everything work when the doors are still on.
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