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Old 10-07-2010, 08:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Interior light problems

Embarassingly while at work twice this week I've been told my interior lights are on in my car. Seems that sometimes when I close my doors the lights just don't turn off after 30 seconds like they are supposed to. Is there any way I can disable this delay so when I close the door the lights just turn off immediately, that way if it didn't turn off I know right away?

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Embarassingly while at work twice this week I've been told my interior lights are on in my car. Seems that sometimes when I close my doors the lights just don't turn off after 30 seconds like they are supposed to. Is there any way I can disable this delay so when I close the door the lights just turn off immediately, that way if it didn't turn off I know right away?
I know on my '91 Caprice I had a wondeful feature called "twilight sentinel" that would sometimes get bumped and would make the inetriors stay on.

I'm sure some of the other guys will chime in, did the Twilight Sentinel go away with the Impala?

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Do they eventually turn off? Are you sure your dimmer switch isn't flipped up all the way?

You could just disable all the door plungers.

Right now I only have the drivers side back door hooked up for my kid, when I pull him out the carseat. The rest are all disabled. So when I open all the other doors, no lights come on.

The plungers for the back doors are behind the B-pillar plastic. You can clearly see the connector once you disconnect the seatbelt and pull off the trim on the B-pillar. It's a white wire.

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Normally they turn off, but sometimes they'll just stay on and drain the battery... I mean, I'd like them to turn on when I open the door, but shut off immediately when the door is closed, instead of 30 seconds..

And no, the switch isn't up all the way, cause when this happens, just opening and closing the door fixes it..

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Can you verify if your model has the twilight sentinal? And procedure for disabling or changing the delay time?

Mine doesn't have that and the lights turn off as soon as the plunger is engaged.

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How do I find this module? I couldn't find it on all-data...

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I have no idea. But I have factory service manual for 94 b-body. I'll search through it for the twilight sentinal feature after work tonight.

Have you tried searching the other forum? ISSF

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I have no idea. But I have factory service manual for 94 b-body. I'll search through it for the twilight sentinal feature after work tonight.

Have you tried searching the other forum? ISSF
Yea I tried searching but got nowhere, unless my search terms just suck, I can't seem to get good results with Google anymore..

I'm going to work in a few minutes and get off at midnight, so I got time..

I also have jumper cables just in case.

EDIT: The only thing I could find was this:
Install 1994-1995 wiring harness in a 1994-1995 caprice 9c1 - Impala SS Forum

But I do not have that T/S slider..

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So T/S is out of the question.

You may have an open circuit somewhere. One of your door plungers could be grounding itself out somewhere and intermittenly touching metal. You will probabaly have to test each one. Then the dome light itself. Any fuses blown?

I once had a short in my cigarette lighter that killed my dome light and other electrical on my 88 chevy. I tried to charge a cell phone and pop everything went out. Changed the fuse and it popped right away. After I disconnected the cigarette lighter wiring in the dash, the dome light worked again. It wasn't a big deal, since I don't smoke. So I left it disconnected.

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So T/S is out of the question.

You may have an open circuit somewhere. One of your door plungers could be grounding itself out somewhere and intermittenly touching metal. You will probabaly have to test each one. Then the dome light itself. Any fuses blown?

I once had a short in my cigarette lighter that killed my dome light and other electrical on my 88 chevy. I tried to charge a cell phone and pop everything went out. Changed the fuse and it popped right away. After I disconnected the cigarette lighter wiring in the dash, the dome light worked again. It wasn't a big deal, since I don't smoke. So I left it disconnected.
I doubt there is a short, a short would blow a fuse and the interiors wouldn't work at all then. There's probaby a bad pin switch (plunger) somewhere.

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