When I put my headlights on,all of my interior light come on also? on 2009 Dodge Journey

I don't know whether I've hit a setting/button which has caused this,or I have an electrical fault. Can I advise?

by in Tacoma, WA on March 11, 2014
2 answers 7 comments
ANSWER by on March 11, 2014
Is there a knob or wheel on the headlight switch that is used to dim the dash lights and if you turn it all the way maybe it will turn the interior light on. Possible adjustment or headlight switch could be shorted.
COMMENT by on March 11, 2014
I tried dimming the Dash lights,using the control on the lever,it dims the interior lights but doesn't switch them off.
COMMENT by on March 11, 2014
can you turn it the other direction and turn on the interior lights.
COMMENT by on March 11, 2014
Yes,if I turn it fully forward (towards the dash)it turns all interior lights on. I've tried turning it all the way back when the headlights are on,but it only dims them...it won't turn them off completely?
COMMENT by on March 11, 2014
I would suspect the switch is bad.
COMMENT by on March 11, 2014
Think I'm gonna have to take it to Auto-electrician to get it sorted. It's very distracting to drive at night with int lights on. And probably illegal.
COMMENT by on March 11, 2014
It sure would be. Good luck
ANSWER by on March 11, 2014
It may have an override button/switch that will turn the lights off until it's repaired, or remove fuse/bulbs if it's going to be awhile before shop can fix it. Can use manual map lamps for lighting, if equipped. Suspect shorted combo or dash dimmer switch.! Dash lamp dimmer should NOT dim the 'dome' light(s)!!
COMMENT by on March 12, 2014
Got it sorted.....corroded wires from car to tailgate. Internal lights came on with Headlights Rear window defroster stopped working Reverse lights came on with Headlights Rear wiper only worked intermittently Interior tailgate light didn't work. All because of wear and tear on the wiring which is housed inside the rubber sleeve in the top left hand side of the tailgate. Auto spark sorted it for £50.