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

BATTERY DRAINS WHEN ENGINE OFF. INTERIOR LIGHTS DON'T ''DIM'' OFF.
WHEN ''DOME'' FUSE REMOVED, HAVE CURRENT FLOW @ FUSE LOCATION WHEN ENGINE OFF,

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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.

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Either the manual switch for the dome light is broken or one of the switches in one of the doors is broken.

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The interior lamps consists of two groups, lamps that can not be dimmed and lamps that can be dimmed. This first group consists of lamps that may not be dimmed. This Includes those lamps that may be manually turned on by placing the interior lamp switch to the DOME position, or by opening a door or a compartment:
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