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Interior Light

Post by Mrbaboon1985 » Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:26 pm

Any idea where to start where the interior light isn't coming on when the door opens.

It works manually but has stopped turning on when the door opens.

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Re: Interior Light

Post by stevemarl » Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:32 pm

Simples, it`ll be the door switches, one screw and they pull out from the door pillar. Try touching the wire to the body, if light comes on the switch is faulty (may be worth trying switch cleaner/WD before seeing Martin about new ones?)

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Re: Interior Light

Post by pbar » Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:54 pm

I did read that the Ford KA uses the same switch, if so you should be able to buy them new still too.

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Re: Interior Light

Post by stevemarl » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:33 am

It does look to be the same, but I doubt you`d find it cheaper than this anyway? (Expected it to be more for a Capri ;) )
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lucas-SPB402 ... Swq2NeJYPm

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Re: Interior Light

Post by D366Y » Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:48 am

I had a similar problem - mine was the connection on the light itself that had oxidised so took it out, cleaned up the contacts on the inside of the light holder and the bulb and worked again.

Could be that when being used manually and you flip the switch over that side works OK but the 'automatic' side of the light that comes on when the door opens is corroded/oxidised slightly?
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Re: Interior Light

Post by Mrbaboon1985 » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:03 pm

Thanks all I'll take a look this afternoon πŸ‘πŸ»

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Re: Interior Light

Post by stevemarl » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:05 pm

D366Y wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:48 am
Could be that when being used manually and you flip the switch over that side works OK but the 'automatic' side of the light that comes on when the door opens is corroded/oxidised slightly?
That`s also a very good point to check. Thankfully all these switches etc are really simple and respond well to a bit of sandpaper/switch cleaner. No canbus here!!!

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Re: Interior Light

Post by Mrbaboon1985 » Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:02 pm

Problem found its the door switches themselves. Passenger side doesn't pop out when door open and drivers side doesn't seem to trigger it but all the other checks it comes on. Thanks all

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Re: Interior Light

Post by D366Y » Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:15 pm

Mrbaboon1985 wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:02 pm
Problem found its the door switches themselves. Passenger side doesn't pop out when door open and drivers side doesn't seem to trigger it but all the other checks it comes on. Thanks all
WD40 on the switch to make it pop out - or the spring inside may need changing if it is too old/shagged.
If the driver's side doesn't work may be an electrical/connection issue on the pop-out bit itself?
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Re: Interior Light

Post by Mrbaboon1985 » Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:32 pm

I tried the WD40 it didn't do much. I ordered 2 new ones for about 6 quid so hopefully that will solve the problem then 😊

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Re: Interior Light

Post by Bug » Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:37 am

Mrbaboon1985 wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:32 pm
I tried the WD40 it didn't do much. I ordered 2 new ones for about 6 quid so hopefully that will solve the problem then 😊
You used to be able to get a little inline resistor gadget that you simply connected between one of the door switches and the loom, which would give you a delay. So when you shut the door the light gradually faded out over a few seconds. Only needed it on one switch, irrespective of which door opened it still worked. Not sure if you can still get them though?

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Re: Interior Light

Post by stevemarl » Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:00 am

I got one of them decades ago, still working in the Fiat. Pretty sure I remember getting it from `Charlie Browns` if anyone remembers them? A big chain like a B&Q for cars. All Kwik Fits now. No-one buys accessories for their PCH Fiesta I guess, it`s all fitted. Sad though. I remember my brother spending a morning fitting a clock in his first car, a J reg pre-facelift. Happy days!
Edit: just had a look on ebay and can`t see anything similar , just standard relay types.

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Re: Interior Light

Post by pbar » Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:32 pm

stevemarl wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:33 am
It does look to be the same
Yes, and isn't that great. Makes you wonder if other Capri parts may be still current and lingering in modern Ford vehicles.

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Re: Interior Light

Post by Mc Tool » Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:00 am

More than likely ford are still buying door switches off the same supplier.......spark plugs havnt changed much either πŸ˜€
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Re: Interior Light

Post by stevemarl » Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:31 am

Some things are just such simple yet brilliant designs they can`t really be improved on. The incandescant light bulb, although new sales are now banned by the EU for domestic use, is still the standard in cars and in principal goes right back to the 1880s! That`s some achievment.
Come to think of it, his other invention, the phongram, recording sound in a groove, is even making a comeback. How can one person invent so many things????

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Re: Interior Light

Post by Paul Domoney » Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:49 pm

Any idea where I can obtain the interior courtesy light for my MK1 Capri. They have both disintegrated and do not seem to be available. Otherwise assuming that these were quite common to other cars of the era is it possible to get something to fit?

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Re: Interior Light

Post by D366Y » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:22 pm

Paul Domoney wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:49 pm
Any idea where I can obtain the interior courtesy light for my MK1 Capri. They have both disintegrated and do not seem to be available. Otherwise assuming that these were quite common to other cars of the era is it possible to get something to fit?
No idea if they are the same for Mk1 Capris....?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Capri-E ... 0036.m2109

These look like the same standard thing though?
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Re: Interior Light

Post by stevemarl » Tue Feb 09, 2021 5:24 pm

It`s the actual light I think, not the switch? If so, try Martin at Caprigear.

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