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Dome lights inop.

In my 2000 Chevy Venture I can not solve the problem with my dome lights. When you open the door, the lights make a quick flash on, then off. When you put the key in the Ignition, same thing, quick flash on, then they shut back off. This tells me (and I verified) the fuse is not bad. And lastly, it happens again when shutting the van off and exiting it.

I can not get the lights to come on using the dash panel dome light switch at all? Has any one else experienced this? Any resolution? I had thought maybe the ignition switch, or dome light switch(headlamp switch)? It just dose not seem probable. The van has 92,000 miles on it and the lights have not worked sience 75,000, four years ago.

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  • tmk5219 Mar 08, 2009

    I have not tried that, but It does it on all the doors. I guess it could be a wire got crosses somewhere. Also there is not a key less entry remote because the dealer said the transmitter was bad and needed replacement. That would not affect this would it? I have not nor will not replace that, It is way to costly.

  • tmk5219 Mar 09, 2009

    Okay, Thanks a million for a direction to look into. That seems like the most reasonable any one has came up with so far. I replaced a lot of parts today and they all failed, I replaced the ignition switch, headlamp switch, and checked all the door pins to see if one was sticking. Also I checked all the wires and connections. Everything "looks and tests" Okay. They don't work yet though! I wont be able to try your suggestion until next weekend, but I will let you know how that works out! Again, thanks a million! Tim

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Have you tried pulling door pin switch & using a jumper wire to see if light will stay on?

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On all doors, it comes on momentarily, then off, as well as switch on dash, leads me to believe there is a circuit breaker in that circuit that's tripping. In some vehicles, they'll use these for power windows, and other circuits for some reason. Have you pulled dome light down & checked that light itself has a good ground going to it, and no bare wire or connector in behind panel that may be rubbing on metal ?

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    Mike Butler Mar 08, 2009

    By the looks of the schematics I was able to find, those are all controlled by the BCM. (body control module) located usually up under dash behind glove box on passenger side.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Mar 08, 2009

    May be behind kick panel on passenger side too. One thing I would do before thinking of replacing it, is to disconnect harness to it, and spray all contacts with electrical cleaner real good & add some di-electric grease to connection before putting it back on. Might be smart to remove battery connections prior.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Mar 09, 2009

    Good luck & for sure, let me know.

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