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I don't mean to sound like an idiot; but I recently got my jeep and there is no owners manual in it. My interior lights are all on and every thing, that I can see is turned off. They still will not go off. I know sometimes they stay on for a few then automatically turn off. Not this time. Can somebody help me? I am worried about running down my battery.

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There are a couple of things to check. First, check the dimmer control for the dash lights. This actually has two reasons for being there. The first controls the dim and brightness of the dash lights themselves. The second and less known is to activate the interior lights manually. Locate the the dimmer function and turn it all the way one direction then halfway back, this should ensure it is not bypassing the timer and door activations. Next, go through and check all of the door activation switches. These are easy to find in the door jams and simple to deactivate and test. You can remove them with a small open cresent wrench in most cases and there is typically 1 wire attached to them. You'll need some string and electrical tape. Disconnect the wire from the activator, attach a piece of string to it and cover the exposed end up by wrapping in in electrical tape to prevent it from grounding. Stick the wire back through the whole the activator was screwed into. You'll want to disconnect the battery before you start doing this test to avoid shocking yourself or grounding the wire inadvertently. Reconnect the battery, all interior lights should be off at this time. Close the doors then reconnect the battery. Make sure you have disabled any alarms you have installed. The interior lights should be off, if they are not there is a short in your electrical system or light control switch assuming there are no switches, like map light switches, in the on position.

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