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 Post subject: URGENT - dome light, car not starting
Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:05 pm 
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i wonder if someone can help me please.

i installed a new dome light in my ef Gli (the one with the map reading lights) and all was going well until the spontaneously switched off. I heard a click from somewhere in my car, sounded like the sound that happens when the interior light turns off after the door is closed.

I tried to start my car and it doesnt start now. It turns over but fails to start (sounds like a machine gun), are these two things related?!

The button on the keychain no longer works either (yes the batteries work).

Please help!
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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:08 pm 
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no interior light = no car starting, yes they are related from what I have seen and been told.

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:12 pm 
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check your interior light fuse, if it's f**k, it disables the engine.....

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:12 pm 
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You probably managed to short out the wires when you were installing the interior light. Check your fuse panel to find and replace the blown fuse. There is a fuse which powers both your interior lights AND the BEM. Without the BEM, the car wont start!

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:17 pm 
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thanks.

after i posted i found another thread that is similar:

Getting back to the light:
The mid series light is basically the base light with the two reading/map lights tacked on the front - there are two green/yellow wires supplying power for each (dome light/reading lights) - simply join them together and attach to the car's green/yellow wire . There is only one black/blue wire - join this to the car's black/blue wire, this controls the dome light and goes through the BEM to allow fading (mid and high series BEM's). The reading lights are controlled by their respective on/off switch, which earths power through the light assy frame.

that is what i did. so do i need a bigger fuse or some other type of connection arrangment
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 Post subject: Re: URGENT - dome light, car not starting
Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:19 pm 
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ShriG wrote:
i wonder if someone can help me please.

i installed a new dome light in my ef Gli (the one with the map reading lights) and all was going well until the spontaneously switched off. I heard a click from somewhere in my car, sounded like the sound that happens when the interior light turns off after the door is closed.

I tried to start my car and it doesnt start now. It turns over but fails to start (sounds like a machine gun), are these two things related?!

The button on the keychain no longer works either (yes the batteries work).

Please help!

Sounds like the old favourite: Blown CRT LP fuse -
Smartlock light not flashing ???
1. Check this first - it's 10Amp rated (red), and does make a clicking noise when it blows.
2. It's blown for a reason, you've probably wired the light up incorrectly - the light will have 2 yellow/green wires, which need to be connected to the vehicle wire of the same colour. Might be wise to disconnect this temporarily, replace the fuse, and see if everything is normal again.
3. The light will also have a black/blue wire, and again connected to the corresponding vehicle wire.

Try these things out - see how you go . . . . .

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that is what i did. so do i need a bigger fuse or some other type of connection arrangment
Nope - std setup is fine - check out the light assy, there must be a short through the bulb holders or whatever.

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 4:47 pm 
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thanks guys everything is working now. Had to run (!) 3km round trip to get a fuse as I was late for an appointment! lol

After wiping away the sweat and heaving precious oxygen into my lungs i replaced the fuse and sped to my appointment.

Later I reinstalled the dome light (with map lights) as per instructions and it worked. I think the first time i must have touched the back of the light clip to the roof of the car and shorted the circuit.

Thanks for all your help. Fordmods rocks![/b]
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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 5:11 pm 
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You could've just 'borrowed' a fuse from something else. I'm sure you couldve done without your radio, or wipers for the drive up to the auto store! :D

 

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bwhahahahhahah ahhahahahahhaha
now that made my day at work a bit better. :P

 

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Waggin wrote:
You could've just 'borrowed' a fuse from something else. I'm sure you couldve done without your radio, or wipers for the drive up to the auto store! :D
Also there's no harm using a higher rating fuse temporarily, e.g. 30A in a 20A circuit, particularly in this case where you've found the problem. Another good idea while you're at the auto parts store is to get a mixed fuse pack and tape a 10A, 20A & 30A fuse inside the fuse box cover for emergencies - it will certainly save you a jog, and also save remembering where you put your fuse pack last . . . . . . :idea:

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 4:29 pm 
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borrow a fuse. hmmm - now there's a good idea. Got caught up in the emotion i guess, that or my brain doesn't work!! The good news was that I got exercise, the bad news was that it was raining.

I love the taping spare fuses to the fuse panel idea! That is my next 'mod' no question!
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 Post subject: Re: URGENT - dome light, car not starting
Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:00 am 
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I had the same problem after installing a few additional interior lights. The click you heard was the interior illumination relay turning off. It also clicks when it turns on, as you will notice if you sit in the car and open the door to switch the interior light on.

You will notice that if you replace the 10amp, red fuse, labelled "Interior Illumination" or "Int Ilum" or something to that effect, that your car will start just fine.

From my experience, I have found that the interior illumination fuse controls SmartLock, the Stereo and he interior lighting. This means that if you remove the interior illumination fuse or blow the fuse, your car is immobilized, the stereo will not turn on and will lose all of your preset radio stations and CD tracks and your interior lights will not come on.

Also, if your car is overheating and the thermo fans are not kicking in, you may find that your "AUTO TX" fuse is blown. This is the number 1 fuse, at the top left of the fuse panel and controls your automatic transmission as well as your thermo fan relay. This is a very important fuse if you live in the city.

I hope this might have helped some people. Sorry to hijack this thread by the way! But I just wanted to put my experience out there. :)

 

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 Post subject: Re: URGENT - dome light, car not starting
Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:45 am 
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