1988 Chrysler Le Baron interior courtesy lights

Tiny
BARON88
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  • 1988 CHRYSLER LE BARON
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 74,500 MILES
I own an '88 Chrysler LeBaron convertible which has the illuminated entry (interior lights come on by lifting up on the outside handle). After opening the drivers side door from the inside the interior lights only stay on for a few seconds and won't come back on untill the car has been driven again. Is this a design flaw or an electrical problem? I've drained the battery a couple times because i've turned on the interior lights manually to be able to see to get out of a dark car and forget to turn them off once out of the car. I'd appreciate any help on this matter. Thanks, Trent


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Friday, June 27th, 2008 AT 1:12 AM

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Tiny
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Check the contacts on the door pins; however, if both doors have the same effect then most likely there is a short in the system. When the lights last worked would they slowly dim once you shut the door or did they just completely turn off? If so then the capacitor in the circuit might be needing replacement.
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Friday, June 27th, 2008 AT 1:37 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for replying! This only happens with the drivers side door. The lights go out instantly. First there's a click (such as from a silonoid) and less than a second later the lights go out.
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Friday, June 27th, 2008 AT 2:07 AM
Tiny
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Do you think it may need the capacitor replaced, or a short in the circuit?
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Friday, June 27th, 2008 AT 2:35 AM
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Would anyone else be able to answer my questions? I've been working on minor repairs this week in preparation for a road trip and i'd like to get this one little aggravating problem fixed. Any help would be much appreciated!
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Friday, June 27th, 2008 AT 3:08 AM
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Check the contact device on the door jam. It should be a spring loaded switch that should close the contacts when the door is open and open the contacts when the door is closed. Sometimes the contacts can become corroded or just dirty (usually from oxidation of the metal) Once you have removed and cleaned the contact terminals with a wire brush for the switch check and see if you still experience problems. If you do then it is most likely a short in the wire from the fuse box to that door (or possibly a bad ground, you will just need to follow one of those wires to see where it grounds on the body or you can just check with a voltmeter to see which one it is). You can easily differentiate between bad contacts at the door or a wiring issue if you short the switch wires to on and see if it stays on. If it stays on then it is the contact switch on the door jam; if not then it is the wire to the door.
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Friday, June 27th, 2008 AT 10:51 PM

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