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Dome Light in Saturn SL/1 Not Working

The dome light in my Saturn SL/1 has a three position switch, on, off and door. When the switch is in Door position, the dome light should come on and off with the door opening and closing. When I put the switch to the door position, the light comes on and stays on regardless of whether or not the door is opened.

I see that there is a plunger mechanism on each side of the dash board. I'm assuming that this plunger mechanism controls that light. When I manually push the plunger in, the light still does not go off. I put some WD/40 on the plunger, but still no effect on the light. Neither the driver side or the passenger side plunger seem to work.

Is there something I can do to fix this problem or do I have to take the car into a dealer? Thanks for your help.

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  • hifijames Mar 25, 2009

    I have the same problem with a '99 SL2. Switches are low on the post, but same issue.

  • MovedtoTX Apr 10, 2009

    I have the same problem. The pin on the driver side door frame is broken off. It's located in a bad spot along the bottom fram rail and I assume someone stepped on it or kicked in when getting in or out of the car. Does anyone know how to replace the pin or where to get the part?

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    After getting my 2008 saturn vue, i noted that the passenger sun visor was a bit droopy so i asked the dealer to order a new one. After the dealership installed the new visor i noticed that the light would not go off in the inside of the sun visor, so i took the car back and asked them to fix the problem. My guess is that they let the car sit there all night and early into the morning with the sun visor light still on because when i got the car back for them the part of the sun visor were the light is was melted and not only did they no replace the visor but now my interior lights will only come on if the doors are open. I checked all the fuses there do not seem to be any blown, but the lights still will not work this includes the above head lights, the reading lights, glovebox light, and the driver side sun visor light "because there is not a sun visor in the passenger side anyone". I can't figure out the problem, how do the lights work when the doors open and close, but if i push the button for the light to come on with the doors closed nothing happens?? I need help this has been going on for over a year and no dealers can figure out the problem. I just want my lights to come on when i push the button

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Turn the key on then push in on the plungers, also twist and turn them. with the key off the light is on a timer and will not go off right away. if the key is on the light should go on and off with plunger movment.

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Chart 1
The dome lamp is inoperative in the ON position, but OK in the door position. The map lamps operate normally.
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Chart 2
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