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My dome light doesn't come on when I open the door. If I turn the little switch on near the dash it will come on but then it wont go off unless I turn the switch off. It's not working automatically like it usually does. What can I do? I bought this car used and it didn't come with a manual

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On the door or the door frame, there is a button. It opens a circuit to turn the light on. See if the button is stuck first. If its stuck in, gently pull it out and see if the light comes on. If it does, close the door and open it again. Make sure the button is working. you may have to replace it. Also check your fuses, sometimes it may be a blown fuse, controlling a few other things also. Just replace the fuse. You can get a Chilton's manual for you car at any auto parts store. It will help you in the long run. It will tell you what fuses are what and where things are, and how to fix things. Hope this helps

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