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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 2:43 pm    Post subject: Rear hatch dome light button Reply with quote

I have an '89 GL that my parents bought new. There is a button in the area next to the striker plate for the rear hatch that looks like a trigger for the dome lights. Since the car was new in the summer of 1989, it has never done anything. I looked at the wiring diagram and found that that button isn't pictured. Today I was poking around with a volt meter and found that the wire was connected to the dome light on the passenger rear but it was connected to the wrong terminal. On the ground side of the light there are 2 sets of terminals. One set is for the grounded all the time wires. The other set is for the grounded when the door opens wires. The wire from the hatch trigger was on the grounded all the time side so it did nothing. I moved the wire to the other terminal and now the button works like it should. Looks like it was installed wrongly in Hanover!

Now, If only I hadn't broken the light in half reinstalling it.

Anybody else have a similar button that does nothing?
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why yes, I do. I always wondered about that. Thanks for the legwork. Mine has never worked either. But I never got around to investigating that much, because I first had gone around and fixed/replaced the switches on the other three doors, and gave up when I got to that one, mostly because the switch was good and the wires were attached.

Great job, great discovery.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I discovered that that switch isn't depicted in the wiring diagram, too. I penciled it in on my copy. Luckily it's a simple circuit so there's not a lot to have to figure out; it works like any of the other door switches. But funny that it was connected wrong at the other dome light. I wonder how many were wired incorrectly that way.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear hatch dome light button Reply with quote

have the same switch
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but its not connected to anything and i dont find the terminal anywhere!
im desperate! hahahah
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:21 am    Post subject: Re: Rear hatch dome light button Reply with quote

Check to see if there is a rogue wire in the engine bay behind the license plate. Itís been a while since I fixed mine, but I recall the connector broken and wire tangled up in there somewhere.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:52 am    Post subject: Re: Rear hatch dome light button Reply with quote

FWIW, there is not a plunger switch on my 1990 2WD Vanagon Westfalia...

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:35 am    Post subject: Re: Rear hatch dome light button Reply with quote

dougass wrote:
Check to see if there is a rogue wire in the engine bay behind the license plate. Itís been a while since I fixed mine, but I recall the connector broken and wire tangled up in there somewhere.


what colour is it?

there are wires there that go to the rear plate ilumination.. nothing else, so strange
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:35 am    Post subject: Re: Rear hatch dome light button Reply with quote

jimf909 wrote:
FWIW, there is not a plunger switch on my 1990 2WD Vanagon Westfalia...

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id prefer that situation, having the switch but not finding the wire sucks haha
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:06 am    Post subject: Re: Rear hatch dome light button Reply with quote

dougass wrote:
Check to see if there is a rogue wire in the engine bay behind the license plate. Itís been a while since I fixed mine, but I recall the connector broken and wire tangled up in there somewhere.


I tried this yesterday. You can not feel or see a wire for the dome thru the license plate.
Today I'll look in the engine bay for routing and get pics if I can.

Years ago I thought that I wanted to add this switch to my Westy and Allister provided great pics of it location.
Its hard to tell which way that wire routes left or right? Here is one of his pics.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:20 am    Post subject: Re: Rear hatch dome light button Reply with quote

Timwhy wrote:
dougass wrote:
Check to see if there is a rogue wire in the engine bay behind the license plate. Itís been a while since I fixed mine, but I recall the connector broken and wire tangled up in there somewhere.


I tried this yesterday. You can not feel or see a wire for the dome thru the license plate.
Today I'll look in the engine bay for routing and get pics if I can.

Years ago I thought that I wanted to add this switch to my Westy and Allister provided great pics of it location.
Its hard to tell which way that wire routes left or right? Here is one of his pics.

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its brown? I think I know which one it is hahah
Its the only one I found that was connected no where, without the terminal ... who knows how it ended that way, I'll try connecting it to the switch and crossfingers!

thanks for the pic!
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