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My dome light wouldn't shut off, removed fuse, but battery still keeps dying

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A Battery "DRAW" Test Should be Performed.
TOOL:: >With A 12 Volt Test Light
Disconnect GROUND Cable @ Battery, Connect TESTLIGHT CLIP End to CABLE End And PROBE TO The Battery, The LIGHT SHOULD Come ON.
KEEP IT ON AND MONITERED While Removing 1 by 1 the FUSES In Main Fuse BOX, Untill the Light Goes OFF.
When It DOES you have FOUND the CURCIUT that is Draining your Battery. Take Nessasary Steps to Correct THAT Problem and You Have Fixed the Problem.
THIS IS ALL AFTER INSURING THAT THE BATTERY IS CHARGED AND TESTED. a DEAD CELL IN THE BATTERY will MASK ITSELF WITH THIS TROUBLE DISCRIPTION

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SOURCE: BATTERY DRAINS WHEN ENGINE OFF. REMOVING DOME FUSE STOPS THIS.

I'd bet on the electronic module that furnishes the 'dimming' feature has failed. It has a few semiconductors to accomplish the feature and one or more of them have failed.

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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