Dome Light Stuck On
January 25, 2011 7:58 AM Subscribe
My car's dome/interior light won't go off. Toyota Camry, I can't remember the year.
posted by DU to Travel & Transportation (7 answers total)
First, let's dispense with the obvious: It has a switch with 3 settings, ON, OFF and DOOR.
When I set it to either ON or OFF, it is on. When I set it to DOOR it is not only on, but the "door ajar" light on the dash comes on. No doors are ajar, although I will admit a door sensor (including the trunk) could be malfunctioning. However, I assume the light must be causing the false ajar reading and not vice versa because otherwise the ON and OFF settings would leave the light off.
The next most obvious problem could be the dash brightness control knob. On a previous car I had, that knob, if cranked all the way to one end, would override the dome light switch. The camry's switch doesn't work like that.
One person I described this to mentioned that her car left the light on for a while and then shut off. Mine doesn't do that. When I go out in the morning it's still on from 14 hours ago.
Nothing in particular happened to the car just before this that I know of.
I have a remote starter (Viper brand, no alarm system) installed that's been there almost a year. I changed the low batteries in the remote to see if it could be some kind of reverse-remote alert. I also went through the remote start manual to see if there was some function that might turn on the light and found nothing. I tried various random "auxiliary functions" to no avail.
It hasn't been particularly draining my battery (deep winter here and the problem has existed for a couple weeks) but it's kind of hard to see out the windows at night so I'd like to get it fixed for less than N*$100.