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My dome light in my 86 accord won't work and

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Check for blowen fuse in your fuse box.... it may be under hood, should be 20amp.

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Check your fuse box, it might be that simple. It should be located in the engine compartment (under the hood). When you find the fuse box, there should be a map of each fuse there and what each fuse powers. If one of the fuses is burned out, you should be able to replace it (make sure you use the same rated fuse -- a 20Amp for a 20Amp, or a 5Amp for a 5Amp -- usually they are color coded) and that should solve the problem. Japanese cars USUALLY have all of the fuses under the hood, but there is a chance that there might be a fuse box (or second fuse box) in the glove compartment, or under the dashboard.
If the fuse is not the problem, there might be a short circuit between the fuse box and the broken components. Bad wiring is much less likely, and much harder to fix, so if it is worth it for you to get it fixed, I recommend visiting a professional mechanic. If you don't want to invest that much money to repairing the issue, but need the Cig lighter to power a cell phone charger or GPS, you can run a bypass wire from the fuse box straight to the cig lighter. This will give you back your lighter, but will not solve the problem, which could indicate something more important, so it would be good to have a professional mechanic check it out when you have the time and money.

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  • mychevy19455 May 23, 2011

    I don't think it is a fuse I checked them all. I just didn't no if this was a commin problem with thes cars. If it is one where do I start tracking wires

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    Dave May 24, 2011

    That's a tough one ... you're probably going to need to get a Haynes manual that covers your cvar ... it has all the wire diagrams and other info you will need for the fix. My recommendation is to put in a bypass switch for your cig lighter if you need it that bad. The dome light is an inconvenience, but not something that will keep you from doing what you need to do with your car, but not having a power supply for your GPS could end up tragic ... ha ha ha ...

    To install the bypass switch, follow these easy steps ...

    *** Before working on the electrical system of the car, take one of the battery cables off of the battery ... this will keep you from getting shocked while you are working ***

    1. Find an empty slot in your fuse box (with no fuse, but with power to it)
    2. Insert two wires into the fuse box, where the fuse should go (one positive, one negative) and hold them in place with a 20Amp fuse (plug the fuse in where the wires are, so one wire is coming out of each side of the fuse.
    3. Buy a 20amp switch from a hardware store or auto parts store (you will want the switch in the car to make sure your new circuitry does not create a slow drain on the battery)
    4. Find a place to put the switch on the dashboard and attach the switch to the dash so you can use it when you need it.
    5. Run your wires from the fuse box to the switch attached to the dashboard (you might have to run the the fire-barrier from the engine compartment to the car, but you should be able to find wires that make that trip already, and you can snake them through the same hole)
    6. Attach the wires to the switch
    7. Take off what you need to in order to get access to the back of your cig lighter in your car (it should be only a few minor screws holding the center console together)
    8. Attach wires from the switch to the cig lighter
    9. Hide your work as well as you can, and re-attach all the pieces you had to take off to get access to the back of the lighter adapter.
    10. IMPORTANT!! : Test your switch and cig lighter -- first with the lighter itself to make sure that the connections are strong ... then with an OLD piece of tech (an OLD cell phone, or something else that you are not going to miss if you hooked the positive and negative cables to the wrong sides -- I burned out a few old phone chargers this way, so make sure you protect the stuff you want to keep for a while) If the connections are all sound, the lighter should heat up without a problem, and the OLD cell charger should charge the old phone. If anything isn't working make sure your connections are all strong, and no wires are uncovered anywhere and try again. If it is still not working you can try to run the wires direct to the battery, but you should install a fuse somewhere in the line to be safe.

    You can use this process for any bypass switches you ever need to install ... great for installing car stereos (keeps the amps and such from draining the battery when your car is parked ... also great as a kill switch for loud bass speakers (police use them as an excuse to pull people over). I used this process for a radiator fan in a 1986 Dodge Lancer, and never had an overheating problem again.

    If you are really dead-set on getting everything working properly without the help of a switch, the Haynes manual should give you some help on tracking the wiring, but that is always a tough job, since some of the wires run through very difficult areas (like between the metal roof and the cloth ceiling of the car -- tough to get to without a LOT of work)



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