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Old 05-05-2011, 02:35 AM
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Default Dome light won't go off.

Last year, my left click on light beside the info center broke and I couldn't turn it off. I taped over it and it eventually burned out. Now my right light has broken and the dome light is staying on with it. I have managed to get the bulb out of the right light, but not the dome. How do I either get the dome light out or what fuse do I need to pull to deactivate it. If I pull said fuse, will it cut something else off also? How expensive and/or difficult is it to fix the lights next to the info center?
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when i broke one of the map lights in my 97 i had to replace the entire assembly. i bought it used and replaced it myself it was about 30 on eBay but that is a much older truck. how did you break it? mine just cracked. another thing is your dimmer switch in the furthest position because that would turn these lights on.
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Your instrument cluster is pouched.
You will continue to have all kinds of issues show up, until it quits all together, so you may want to consider finding a replacement.

Dome Light Fuse - #17 (15amp)
Also powers - Stop light at back of cab, Overhead reading lamps and glove box light, Fuel pump module, Compass/mini trip computer, Driver door module (power windows/locks).

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Pouched? Meaning it's an all in one thing and part of it can't be replaced? It's just the doggone springs on those push lights on it that are torn up. I definitely don't want to pull that fuse with all the things you listed running through it. I guess I can put black electrical tape over the dome light until it burns out.
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That's pretty accurate description.
It is a relatively common problem....from a service department point of view. Doesn't mean all of them end up with that problem, but is a common part to replace.
The springs for the bulb contact is not the issue for the lights that stay on, that's the lamp driver for that lamp in the instrument cluster.
Rather than black taping the light, why not just remove the bulb?
Either way, eventually you will likely have to replace the cluster. Check the auto wrecker places for a used one. There have been a few members that have been successful with that. Not sure if a trip to the dealer is required to flash it for your truck....maybe someone that has done this will chime in and advise.

BTW - Have you done a full power reset....take the battery cable off for half an hour or longer? This can sometimes help....sometimes not.
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I can't figure out how to remove the bulb. Any instructions out there?
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Never mind on the instructions. Got it open, but didn't take it out. Waiting to see if the hard reset works.
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