Corvette Action Center - The ultimate online hub of Corvette news and information! Click here to go to the Corvette Forums!


Supporting Vendors / Dealers - Supporting Membership - Advertising Information - Corvette Amazon Shop
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16
  1. #1
    1HotVette
    Guest

    Default Interior Lights stay on

    Hello Folks,

    I just bought a 93 Black on Black Coupe. It has a couple of small problems. One of them being the interior lights stay on most of the time. Sometime they act correctly and go off with turning the ignition and other times they don't. Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Gary

  2. #2
    Daryllawman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Clarksville, Tennessee
    Posts
    1,739
    Corvette(s)
    1979 Bright Red L-82

    Default

    Hello and Welcome to the Corvette Action Center.....Someone will be along soon to answer your question......Enjoy!!

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    187
    Corvette(s)
    '96 Torch Red LT4

    Default

    I would start by checking the interior light switch and the two door switches. Sounds like the contacts on one of these are closed (lights on) when they should be open (lights off). You'll need a meter or continuity light. If those are OK, someone on this forum will be able to suggest other steps to isolate the problem.
    Hope this helps.

  4. #4
    kenwa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Springfield, MO
    Posts
    188
    Corvette(s)
    1996 LT1 automatic, Polo Green

    Default

    Welcome to CAC!

    I don't suppose you're accidently pushing the instrument panel dimmer lever all the way up on the light switch? It's easy to do when you grab the switch and twist.

    Ken
    LS1 Engine Accessory Drive Brackets at www.kwikperf.com

  5. #5
    GeorgeT
    Guest

    Default

    It's not uncommon for the door switches to go bad causing this problem. However, if the door switches are okay, it is probably the Timer Module.

  6. #6
    Member larry bud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Rochester, MI
    Posts
    235
    Corvette(s)
    1986 "Speed Yellow" Coupe

    Default

    Besided the other ideas, check the hatch switch. I've had mine become unaligned.

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Tifton, Georgia
    Posts
    59
    Corvette(s)
    1990 Black L98 Coupe

    Default light timer maybe?

    My 90 model started doing that, it turned out to be the timer. My mechanic said that the interior light timer in C4's is prone to overheating if you leave the door open for 10 or more minutes.

  8. #8
    berky2500's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Slippery Rock, PA
    Posts
    319
    Corvette(s)
    96 GS #145, Blk Int; 85 Red Coupe

    Default

    Two big Welcomes to 1HotVette and wilezcoyote. Hope you find your experiences here enjoyable, the CAC is the best forum (especially vettes) on the net.

  9. #9
    corvetterider84's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Rhode Island
    Posts
    147
    Corvette(s)
    1984 Black Coupe (sold) 1992 White Convertible

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeT
    It's not uncommon for the door switches to go bad causing this problem. However, if the door switches are okay, it is probably the Timer Module.
    Does anyone know where to purchase one of these timers. I have a similar problem with my 84 where the lights just won't come on when I open the doors but they do when I turn them on manually. The lights in the hatch come on when the hatch is open, but that is all.

  10. #10
    1HotVette
    Guest

    Default

    I have noticed some things on the interior lights, such as when I roll the passenger window down, the lights come on. I have not had the time to pull the panel off yet and investigate, but I will soon and let you know.

    Gary

  11. #11
    danny/'87
    Guest

    Default

    the delay went bad in my '87 and the chevy garage said they are discontinued. i am taking it to a friend and will see if he can replace the resistor that makes it work. if it is a success or not i will post the results

  12. #12
    Bugger84
    Guest

    Default

    Hey Corvetterider84,

    None of the catalog houses that I know of were able to supply this module. After a dozen calls to salvage yards around the country I finally found one at Dino's Corvette Salvage for $75. After replacing the module my courtesy lights work fine now.

    http://www.corvettesalvage.com/

    Hope this helps,

  13. #13
    Bugger84
    Guest

    Default

    Hey Corvetterider84,

    A few more thoughts. In the 84, probably most C4's, the Delay timer controls the courtesy lights and the door mounted hatch release switches. The "Timer" function keeps the courtesy lights on and allows you to use the door mounted hatch release switches while the door(s) is open, and for 30 seconds after the door is closed.

    If you are unable to find the timer module, and/or don't care about the 30 second delay, you can jumper around the timer module. This will defeat the 30 second delay, but otherwise restore normal courtesy light and door mounted hatch release switch operation.

    To do this, find the timer module. I did this by removing the passenger-side black plastic footwell cover. While laying on your back look straight up under the dash and you should see the "L" shaped black plastic timer module taped to the main harness. The module has white, black, pink/blk, and pink/wht wires in its connector.

    Identify the black and white wires going to the module, and splice them together.

    I was close to doing exactly this when I found a used module at Dino's. If it fails again this is the route I'll go.

    Hope this helps.

  14. #14
    corvetterider84's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Rhode Island
    Posts
    147
    Corvette(s)
    1984 Black Coupe (sold) 1992 White Convertible

    Default

    Identify the black and white wires going to the module, and splice them together.

    I was close to doing exactly this when I found a used module at Dino's. If it fails again this is the route I'll go.

    Hope this helps.[/QUOTE]
    Thanks for the advice. I think I'm gonna give that a try rather than buying the new module. I don't really care about the delay and would just like to have the lights come on when the doors are open. I'll let you know how it works out. Thanks again.

  15. #15
    Timppa
    Guest

    Default

    I found this old thread when searching answers to interior light problems.

    The forum has been already very helpful , I found the delay timer module from under the dash (spent all day dismantling dashboard to get access to timer) and bypassed the module as Bugger84 explained, but, still no light at rear cargo compartment. Also spare tire light does not work. Interior lights at door panels and under the dash do work when turned on from the headlight switch.

    My next guess would be that the diode module in the courtesy light circuit has failed? But how does the diode module work? When I check the cargo compartment lamp (and spare tire lamp) wires with test light, there is current in both orange and white wires?

    And is the module still available from parts vendors?

    I do have the shop manual with wiring diagrams but I am still a bit confused what to check next

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. 1987 won't stay running
    By 2Suns in forum C4 Technical and Performance
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-09-04, 01:03 PM
  2. Stay away from Town Fair Tire!!
    By SLICKMAN in forum C5 Technical and Performance
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 08-19-03, 07:45 AM
  3. Trunk lid liner won't stay on
    By magredc5 in forum C5 Technical and Performance
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-27-03, 07:14 AM
  4. Interior lights stay on
    By Z51 Coupe in forum C4 Technical and Performance
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-04-03, 12:51 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© CORVETTE is a registered trademark of the General Motors Corporation & Chevrolet Motor Division.  Neither Chevrolet Motor Division nor any subsidiaries of GM© shall bear any responsibility for CorvetteActionCenter.com content, comments, or advertising. CorvetteActionCenter.com is independent from GM© and is not affiliated with, sponsored or supported by GM©.  Copyright/trademark/sales mark infringements are not intended, or implied.  All Rights Reserved