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Hi wont the dome light switch off if you put the switch in another possition, if not here are the possible causes.

each door has a switch near to where the hinges are so have a look for these and try each door at a time, so for example have all the other doors and boot shut, then with the drivers door open find the little plastic switch by the hinge and press it in as far as you can and hold it in for 1 or 2 min and wait to see if the light goes off, if not repeat this with the other doors and try the boot switch also,
if you come across one that will turn the light off when you press it in then its going to be that one that needs replacing, they tend to where over time and when you close the door it dont press the switch in far enough but when you press the switch with your finger, you can press it in further than the door can when it closed, so go around all the doors until you find the one that switches it off, it may even be the boot/trunk switch so make sure you try that one with all the doors closed.

If after doing all that it still dont go off then this would indicate that one of the switches has packed up all together and will need replacing, now luckily all the switches are the same except for the one for the trunk so you can then buy a new switch and fit it to each door one at a time and each time close the door and wait a couple of minutes and see if hte light goes off, if it dont then refit the old one and fit the new one to another door, then keep going till you find the one at fault.

how ever the chances are when you go round the doors pressing the switch with your finger you should then find the one at fault that was as they very rarely fail all together they usually just ware and the door no longer presses the button enough to switch the light off.


but first of all are you sure the light has not been switched on by a switch as in most cars you can choose to have the dome light controlled by the doors when they close, or you can choose to turn it on yourself by pressing a switch or you can turn it off all together, now the switch is usually near the light or somewhere near the drivers side on the dashboard,

you should find the fault by going around each door pressing the button in just make sure all the other doors and boot/trunk are closed fully if not you wont get the one with the fault.

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok.

if you still have the owners hand book it should tell you in their how to switch your dome light off manually it should be possible as most cars have the choice to set it to manual or turn it off all together.

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