Hi everyone. My first post.
A few days ago, my 4 year old son was playing with some buttons on my
old Caravan. He got scared when the emergency blinkers started blinking.
Now, I'm not sure this is not justa coincidence, but ever since that
incident (and I don't know what all else he was pressing or how he was
pressing) I've had a strange problem with my lighting system.
When I put the headlights on, and slide the dimmer slider just a tad to
the right, the interior lights come on and stay on. If I press the
switch for the interior lights, whilst the headlights are on, the
headlinghts will shut off, but the interior lights will stay on.
If I turn the headlights on, and push the dimmer to the extreme left, I
can only get a faint glow from my gauges, but the interior lights remain
off. In other words, the interior lights always want to be on when the
headlights are on. The hazard lights work normally, it seems.
It is very frustrating. I think my only option is to take out the light
bulbs in the dome lights for night driving.
Am I being somewhat clear with my description? Can anyone adivse?
I don't mean to be a smart ass, but have you read the owner's manual?
I think you have a very mis-leading typo in your 3rd paragraph because you
state the the interior lights remain off ( I think you meant "on") but also
say that the interior lights always want to remain "on" when the headlights
are on; a contradiction if took me a few re-readings to figure out. Anyway,
if reading the manual doesn't provide the answer, I would look for a
selector switch on the interior or "dome" light.
Ed, I bought the car used. It doesn't have a manual. I truly don't see
how the manual would help even if I had one, though. It's not a matter
of me pressing the wrong switches. I did make a typo, indeed, but I
don't think you understand the gist of this problem in any case. I'll
try to elaborate. The problem is that the switches are not working as
one would anticipate them to be. The lights all worked fine until a few
days ago I point out, once again.
Do you ever drive at night? If you do, normally, you'd turn on your
headlights, and have no interior lights on (unless you intentionally
turned them on). In my case, that is no longer possible. I can only
drive with the interior lights OFF (to be clear) if I slide the dimmer
switch to the extreme left or if I would take out the light bulbs. In
order to see my gauges lit for night driving, I would need to slide the
dimmer switch to the right, but if I do that, the interior lights come on.
Is that clearer? It may not be, but it's a strange little problem. I
just thought that maybe this was a common or semi-common glitch with
this sort of auto.
I've checked the doors to see if the light switches are all making
contact with the doors, and they are.
Ed H. wrote:
Mike, I know that. Jeez. The point being there is no way to shut them
off. I was trying to show that the only way to see my gauges at night is
to slide the dimmer up to the right (not even to the extreme right until
it "clicks") but that then the interior lights come on. I was simply
illustrating the conundrum, but only astute readers would have
Ah yes, "astute reader", now I see...... sorry that I am not able to
decipher your cryptic missive.. the one other thing you might check is that
the dome lamp in the cargo compartment has been switched on inadvertently.
Well, from a fellow warm seat I am impressed. My suggestion of a adjustment
with a bfh would probably accomplish the same as your advice. Although your
suggestion is not as much fun to watch as mine.<G>.
Gee, I don't think I could have articulated any more clearer.
Such a sensitive lot. Yeah, I'm sure I'll be missing out on loads of
other helpful information like "How to put mittens on without getting
your thumbs stuck" and "Advanced topics in opening and closing Velcro
I doubt this ass will every read this news group again, but, boy does he
have a chip on his shoulder! I wonder if he acts this way when dealing with
people in a face to face encounter or if the anonymity of the internet gives
him the freedom to act like this.
Just trying to help, no need for your sarcasm. If you don't have a manual
how do you know it won't help? You originally stated that it started after
your son was playing with switches. I doubt he broke anything or you would
probably see it. He probably changed a switch.
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