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Old 09-21-2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default Interior light won't turn off

The two overhead dome lights in the bottom of the rear view mirror won't turn off. I can't find anything in the manual about it. The car is off right now with the lights still on. I'm concerned it's gonna drain the battery. Any ideas?

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Old 09-21-2008, 10:42 PM   #2
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You probably hit the dimming switch to the right of the steering wheel.
It also turns on the two rear view mirror lights
I sometimes do the same thing when cleaning the interior.
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:45 PM   #3
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Sorry, meant to say left side of the steering wheel.
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:51 PM   #4
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As indicated above, you've pressed the dash dimmer switch.

2005 owner's manual, page 3-18.

Quote:
Courtesy Lamps
When any door or the hatch/trunk lid is opened, the
interior lamps will go on unless it is bright outside.
You can also turn the courtesy lamps on and off
by pressing the instrument panel brightness ****.
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:54 PM   #5
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Seems like this question gets asked as often as, "What's that little red light on my passenger side visor bracket?"
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I tried messing with that **** but it made no difference. They're staying on no matter what. Is there a specific fuse I can pull?
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Get inside... close both door (completely) and the rear hatch... press the **** one time and check lights by holding you hand under the mirror... if you pressed the **** with a door open the light will of course stay on...
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Battery Run-Down Protection

This vehicle has a feature to help prevent the battery from being drained in case any of the following lamps are left on; the underhood lamp, if your vehicle has this feature, vanity mirror lamps, cargo lamps, reading lamps, console or glove box lamps. If any of these lamps are left on, they will automatically time-out after about 10 minutes. To reset it, all of the above lamps must be turned off or the ignition key on.
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I tried messing with that **** but it made no difference. They're staying on no matter what. Is there a specific fuse I can pull?
Check this thread and do what I put in post #4....should take care of it...and explain why also...
http://forums.corvetteforum.com/show....php?t=2007835
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Thanks alot guys, they're finally off, I was about to pull the damn lights out with needlenose pliers

Thanks again
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Just for info: The on/off buttons on the mirror work backwards (to me); pushed in is off, popped out is on.
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Thanks alot guys, they're finally off, I was about to pull the damn lights out with needlenose pliers

Thanks again
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every new owner ask this question welcome to the club
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This has got to be the stupidest design for a switch that I've ever seen. Other than testing the interior lights after they should be off, there's no way of knowing if the switch is engaged or not.

With all the little improvements and refinements that have been made to the car since 2005, I would have thought this one annoying little button would have been history by now. For 2009, it's exactly the same.

I think if someone offered an aftermarket replacement for the dimmer/interior light switch they'd sell out overnight.
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As indicated above, you've pressed the dash dimmer switch.

2005 owner's manual, page 3-18.
When I bought mine and drove 4 1/2 hrs. back from Atlanta, I didn't notice mine were on untill the next day. Also couldn't figure it out until I too got forum help. Thankfully, it must take more than that to run down the battery.
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every new owner ask this question welcome to the club
Yup, I had to ask the same question here the first week I had my car.
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This has got to be the stupidest design for a switch that I've ever seen. Other than testing the interior lights after they should be off, there's no way of knowing if the switch is engaged or not.

With all the little improvements and refinements that have been made to the car since 2005, I would have thought this one annoying little button would have been history by now. For 2009, it's exactly the same.

I think if someone offered an aftermarket replacement for the dimmer/interior light switch they'd sell out overnight.
year after year the same complaint, would it really cost that much to change the design or location?
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At least the '09's has a much more solid click when you push it in so you know you're doing SOMETHING!
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Thanks alot guys, they're finally off, I was about to pull the damn lights out with needlenose pliers
You are obviously a Master Mechanic. Couldn't find a hammer??

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When I bought mine and drove 4 1/2 hrs. back from Atlanta, I didn't notice mine were on untill the next day. Also couldn't figure it out until I too got forum help. Thankfully, it must take more than that to run down the battery.
See post #8.
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Default Dimmer Switch

This happened on my 05. Push the dimmer switch to turn them off, push it again to turn them on. There is no LED feedback on the dimmer switch, so if the lights stay on, it got pushed. Of course, you need to be in the car with the doors closed.
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