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

 

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Steven white 66, Tacoma, WA, March 11, 2014, 05:56
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I don't know whether I've hit a setting/button which has caused this,or I have an electrical fault. Can I advise?

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    ProfessorG March 11, 2014, 06:07
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    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.

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    Steven white 66, March 11, 2014, 06:11
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    I tried dimming the Dash lights,using the control on the lever,it dims the interior lights but doesn't switch them off.

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    ProfessorG, March 11, 2014, 06:22
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    can you turn it the other direction and turn on the interior lights.

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    Steven white 66, March 11, 2014, 06:27
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    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?

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    ProfessorG, March 11, 2014, 06:29
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    I would suspect the switch is bad.

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    Steven white 66, March 11, 2014, 06:32
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    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.

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    ProfessorG, March 11, 2014, 07:01
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    It sure would be. Good luck

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    pushrod March 11, 2014, 07:28
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    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)!!

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    Steven white 66, March 12, 2014, 17:30
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    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.

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