My Cavelier the other night the dome light was coming on by itself then it just stoped,also the stereo would shut of as well. Now when I drove it today all the dash lights came on and the car started reving up by itself. I made it home and shut the car off. Then attempted to start it agian and it was very sluggish turnover and it would not start.
So I gave it a few hrs and went back and the car started up like there was nothing ever wrong with it , but the batterie light is now on. A
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dome lights work by having a live wire down to the door switch ( (normally located in the door opening frame )
when the door is opened ,this wire is allowed to ground out and completes the circuit for the light and so it comes on
what you will be looking for is a wire disconnected at the light switch that will complete that circuit
I have a buddy with a Jimmy and his lights did something similar, but once the dash illumination quit, nothing would make them come back on. We ended up replacing the entire light switch assembly, and it fixed it. We assume the dash illumination dimmer switch was shorted out. You may try getting a can of contact cleaner and taking the switch out and spraying all electrical connections related to your lighting to clean them up, THEN look into a new switch if that doesnt help. Hope this helped!!
THE SWITCH FOR THE DOME LAMP IS ON THE DOOR LATCH, INSIDE THE DOOR ITSELF, I AM NOT SURE IF YOU NEED TO REPLACE THE SWITCH ONLY OR THE WHOLE DOOR LOCK, CALL FORD DEALERSHIP PARTS DEPARTMENT FOR CORRECT INFORMATION.
i must say that i feel your pain with this,, my door ajar light does the same thing but my dome light doesn't come on when the doors are open, i have to flick the switch on the dome light to make it come on. In my opion and i stress my opion it saounds like a issue with the body controller, im not sure what ford calls it but it controls all the body functions, i dont think the low coolant light is connected to the body contoller but i dont know this for sure, i think that light is controlled bny the engine ecm. some times a dealer can connect to the body controller and see if there are any fault codes for circuits that it controls and or monitors, also they can reflash or update the configeration and or calibration level cause ford release's fixes for issues all the time, same theory works for any control module on a vehicle. i dont think any of the auto parts stores have the right program to connect to bofy controlers but i could be wrong, worth looking into. i only put up with mine cause i use it as a beater, if you are worried about your dome light staying on and drianing your battery then you could pull out or disconnect the dome lights for the time being, its not a fix but just a band-aid.
I know I'm a bit late, but go to this address:http://www.fullsizechevy.com/forums/general-discussion/interior-tech/409262-nnbs-cargo-light-mod.html#post4435443, there is a on-going discussion about it. There insn't a solution yet, but it's coming...