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Old 02-24-2011, 12:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, forgive but I only had my Sammi a few days and I'm try to figure out some simple things about it. It has an interior light on the roof post just to the right of the drivers head, but it is totally messed up and doesn't work. In trying to fix it, I'm trying to figure out if there are door switchs to activate it or is it a manually operated light only or is it even a stock item with the 87 hard top?

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ive got a 93 and its a stock item in mine i had trouble with my interior light and it was just the door switches i cleaned them up with sand paper and a bit of circuit board spray
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In trying to fix it, I'm trying to figure out if there are door switchs to activate it or is it a manually operated light
It's both. Stock light is a three position switch: OFF - ON WITH DOOR OPEN - ON.
Two wires go to the switch. One is hot all the time, the other is grounded through the door switch when the door is open. Manual switch in on position at the light grounds through the light mounting screw. If, you have a good bulb and power, and still no light, check the contacting surfaces at the switch inside the light. Mine had both dirty door switches, mounting screw and light switch. By the way, nice Tin Top you have there! I saw what you paid for it and you just plain stole it!
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Ok, after getting a chance to play with the contacts on the light assembly I realized that the one side of the side is always hot and the power is present on the contact and the switch is ground the low side of the bulb when in the correct position - so the light works now that I cleaned the contacts. However, my confusing is coming from the ground wire that is coming into the assembly from somewhere else on the truck. Normally I would believe this to be the door jamb switches, however, I can't find any!!!






So at this point I have no idea if the light is supposed to come on when the door is opened or not! If not, what is controlling this other ground wire?

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... Normally I would believe this to be the door jamb switches, however, I can't find any!!! ...
On my '93 ragtop, the dome light door switch is behind the door strap, tucked back into in the door jamb where it's hard to see, and covered by a rubber boot. I'd expect the switch in your tintop to be in [about] the same location.

Edit: There is just one door switch, on the driver's side. It would be easy enough to add one to the passengers side.
I found it easiest to remove the left speaker in order to access the switch wiring behind the panel.

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On my '93 ragtop, the dome light door switch is behind the door strap, tucked back into in the door jamb where it's hard to see, and covered by a rubber boot. I'd expect the switch in your tintop to be in [about] the same location.
I just double check it and there is nothing. I can't even find a hole where it might have been. I'm wondering if some models didn't some with the door switch... If so, I've got one!

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I was having the same problem, and about to agree with David, but I found it, behind the strap, but way back in there around the corner facing to the left, not to the rear of the vehicle.

Sadly, I cleaned and re-installed and it still does not work.

Mine seems to work like this... in one position of the dome light switch there is a beep beep when the key is in the ignition switch. It does not go off when the car is started. The other two positions, nothing, no light door opened or door closed.

There is not a door switch on the passenger side, just a plugged hole.

Any ideas where to look next? 1988 Samuari jx soft top.
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Mine was doing the same thing, but then I realized that the light assembly always has power to it - this is the constant. But it is the ground that is being passed by the door switch and the off/on switch to the light. I finally played with cleaning the contacts and got the light to function properly in the both the "Always On" and "Door Open" position (With a test wire!). It still didn't work with the door open, however, but thats to your description I finally decided to take the strap totally loose and guess what? I finally found the hole where the switch should be! Thx, now I can move forward with figuring out what I want to do with this. I'm actually thinking about just putting another switch on the dash next to the switch of my Off Road lights so that I have easy access to it.

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Further tests to follow.
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I have a 91 sami and no power to dome light. Where does white hot wire go?
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