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Postby type49 » Sun 04.03.2018, 17:42

Good evening.
On my car the 2 little lights under the inside mirror always light on :shock:
Maybey, it's the contact switch that has a problem, but where is it ?
Thanks you for your help and sorry for my english :wink:
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Re: inside light

Postby lotusflasherman » Sun 04.03.2018, 17:47

One of the options for turning them on is to pull out the circular light switch selector ... are you sure yours isn't pulled out?
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Re: inside light

Postby CalElan » Tue 06.03.2018, 00:52

:agree:
had me scratching my head for a while this one!
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Re: inside light

Postby rip » Tue 06.03.2018, 11:14

Its a GM thing. I believe the switch is from a Mk2 Astra.
I had owned GM/Vauxhalls before my Elan so knew to look there.
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Re: inside light

Postby Rambo » Tue 06.03.2018, 15:32

In case you're unsure whuch switch they are talking about, It's this one

Ensure it's pushed all the way in and the inside light should go out.

If it doesn't, investigate further
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Re: inside light

Postby type49 » Tue 06.03.2018, 19:33

thank you for your answers. Ididn't know about this function on the light switch.
I'm nearly sure this switch isn't pulled out but i'll check that this week-end (not at home this week)

For the moment to turn this light off, i turn off the battery master switch :mrgreen:
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Re: inside light

Postby lotusflasherman » Tue 06.03.2018, 20:10

type49 wrote:thank you for your answers. Ididn't know about this function on the light switch.
I'm nearly sure this switch isn't pulled out but i'll check that this week-end (not at home this week)

For the moment to turn this light off, i turn off the battery master switch :mrgreen:

IN to OUT is a very small movement so might not be obvious when it's OUT. Other than that, the mirror bulb gets a permanent live feed and all the switches (on the mirror, circular light switch & door switches) provide an earth return path. A wire coming off and going to earth would put them on but unlikely on grp body & it would probably not always be in contact when driving either.
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Re: inside light

Postby Rambo » Tue 06.03.2018, 20:57

lotusflasherman wrote:
type49 wrote:thank you for your answers. Ididn't know about this function on the light switch.
I'm nearly sure this switch isn't pulled out but i'll check that this week-end (not at home this week)

For the moment to turn this light off, i turn off the battery master switch :mrgreen:

IN to OUT is a very small movement so might not be obvious when it's OUT


I've heard that about you Phil. That babe on the RHS of your avatar told me :lol: :twisted:

But, being serious, there is only about a 1-2mm difference between being in or out so Phil is totally correct :bowdown: When I got mg first M100 about 15 years ago the same thing happened to me in the infamous Rambo but I hadn't, as then, joined LEC and benefitted from the experience and wisdom of some of our learned members so there was much head scratching on my behalf :smt017
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Re: inside light

Postby Fredjohn » Tue 06.03.2018, 21:57

I just read the WSM when I got the car... simples...
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Re: inside light

Postby Steve A » Tue 06.03.2018, 22:22

:bananasex: Well bugger me I've had my car over 10 years and didn't know the switch did that :lol: can't wait to give it a go
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Re: inside light

Postby lotusflasherman » Wed 07.03.2018, 00:28

Steve A wrote::bananasex: Well bugger me I've had my car over 10 years and didn't know the switch did that :lol: can't wait to give it a go

:lol: Always a good idea to read the Handbook Steve.... Page 13. :lol: Far easier to put interior lights on by that switch and I avoid touching my mirror as it''s stuck back on the glass with Superglue.
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Re: inside light

Postby John_W » Thu 08.03.2018, 18:37

Does your remote-control door locking work OK? Do the door lock buttons stay down? If not then the problem might be the microswitch in the doors (or the connections to it) which controls both the door lock and the lights in the mirror.
See this thread.
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Re: inside light

Postby lotusflasherman » Thu 08.03.2018, 22:22

John_W wrote:Does your remote-control door locking work OK? Do the door lock buttons stay down? If not then the problem might be the microswitch in the doors (or the connections to it) which controls both the door lock and the lights in the mirror.
See this thread.


it's a little bit more complicated than that - it would be, it's a Lotus. I remember seeing "a right load of coloured spaghetti" when I had my door cards off.

The Central Locking diagram (Sheet 20) shows a 'Door Ajar' switch that is part of the latch, using Red/Slate wires, and if the door is ajar those contacts are closed to cause the Central Locking to 'bounce out' after a second or two... but being ajar doesn't put the lights in the mirror on... the door has to open more than that (I've just tried it). Looking at the Interior Light diagram (Sheet 10) there is another set of contacts within the latch that use Purple/White wire. Just wait till I next see John Mountain ... :chair: :lol:
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Re: inside light

Postby Saltire » Thu 08.03.2018, 23:39

And they obviously weren’t satisfied, because they changed it again for the S2. All the wiring is there, but the separate door ajar switch is missing. (And no, it’s “intentionally blank”; I checked both sides.)
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Re: inside light

Postby type49 » Sun 11.03.2018, 17:38

lotusflasherman wrote:One of the options for turning them on is to pull out the circular light switch selector ... are you sure yours isn't pulled out?


Thank you for your idea, it was "the good one" :wink:
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Re: inside light

Postby lotusflasherman » Sun 11.03.2018, 18:47

type49 wrote:
lotusflasherman wrote:One of the options for turning them on is to pull out the circular light switch selector ... are you sure yours isn't pulled out?


Thank you for your idea, it was "the good one" :wink:


Great, glad it's sorted... another success for the "arrogant bastard" , as somebody called me a few weeks ago... :lol:
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Re: inside light

Postby Rambo » Sun 11.03.2018, 19:40

If you play your cards right El Geoffos will add that to your profile. He changes mine every week :twisted:
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