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Interior lights stay on,but radio goes off when door is opened.

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  • tommy cliborne Dec 28, 2010

    2000 pontiac grandprix every works properly the interior will not go out only when the power saver kicks in. the display shows every thing working doors closed door open I even changed the body controll mod to another car it worked properly gm must have a double system I was a good mech until now ineed help

  • tommy cliborne Dec 29, 2010

    sighing off see what happens tomroow.

  • tommy cliborne Dec 29, 2010

    how do I test the door switch for the interior lights. the switch has three wires going to it

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If the key has been taken out after you were driving it this is natural. The radio and Power Windows and interior lights are on a timer. It allows you to shut the vehicle off then, as long as a door hasn't been opened, it gives you time to put the windows up or finish a song or what ever. The interior lights should go off after the door is closed after a few minutes. There is a built in timer for those as well. If the vehicle is running and this is happening you have a short, except for the lights they should come on anytime a door is opened.

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  • James Young Dec 29, 2010

    My apologies for not getting back sooner. Ok, it is the interior lights that are at issue and you say they are only shutting down with the power saver. That tells me it is the light switch at fault. The dash dimmer switch is either turned all the way up, which will over ride the door switches by turning the interior lights on, or the switch itself is at fault. The power saver function works in either position unless the vehicle is running. If the vehicle is running the lights will remain on continuously.

  • James Young Dec 29, 2010

    Use an ohm meter and with the switch in hand disconnected you should have continuity between two pins, activate the switch and the continuity should change to the other two pins. The switch originally worked by grounding the circuit but they seem to have made several changes to accommodate door open warnings and timers withing the ECU.

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