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Dome light door switch

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:36 pm
by Mark
My dome light on my 08 stopped working. Light comes on with the switch in the On position, but doesn't work when set to "Door". Any idea where to look for the switch for that? Or where to look period? I know it has worked before.

Re: Dome light door switch

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:59 am
by joatmon
There are switches in the door jambs for each of the four doors, about four inches below the silver loop that the doors latch onto. There's also a switch for the hatch, I think that one might be hidden, part of the latch itself. Did you try all of the doors or just the drivers door?

Re: Dome light door switch

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:04 pm
by Mark
I realized this morning that the rear light is working, not sure how I missed that yesterday, other than looking at it in the daylight.

So that rules out the door switch. Playing with it some this morning I found I could push up on the lamp switch and get it to come on. So something loose or broken in there. Any idea how to get that apart without breaking things? Looks like I have to get the end of the switch off first, then the lens. Not sure how they come apart.

Re: Dome light door switch

Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:51 pm
by Mark
Stupid light wasn't working this morning, so when I got home from work today I decided to try to work on it. Of course it was working fine. I popped the lens off and poked around some, nothing seemed loose or anything. I think it's just screwing with me.

Re: Dome light door switch

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:00 am
by DanJo
Don't mean to resurrect a thread from the dead, but this is the most relevant one I could find. I just picked up an '06 and my rear dome works fine. Passenger dome light however, does not. I've taken it apart and found that the selector switch (for choosing between off/door/on) is missing (broke off) the pieces on one side that hold it in contact with the circuit. All I need is an intact switch, but am having a tough time even figuring out what to call that to narrow searches down. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Re: Dome light door switch

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:32 am
by andrewclaus
You'll probably need the whole light assembly. I'd use https://parts.toyota.com/a/Toyota_2006_Matrix-CE-SEDAN-18L-AT/63355191__6724688/INTERIOR-LAMP/155450-8121.html#81260A or something similar (use your VIN to search) to get a part number for the whole light assembly, then shop on eBay for a used one.

Mine barely works. Selector switch contacts need cleaning. I was going to dig into that soon.

Re: Dome light door switch

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:32 pm
by DanJo
Alright. I was thinking I’d end up having to buy the whole assembly. Surprisingly, all the junk yards around me allear to be Vibe/Corolla/Matrix free. Thanks for the quick reply!

Re: Dome light door switch

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:56 pm
by joatmon
the site adrewclaus posted seems to say its toyota part number 81240 (or 81240B/D/E) and it looks like Toyota used those lights in lots of vehicles. check ebay, such as https://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-81240-0 ... kG&vxp=mtr

my 03 doesn't have a switch on the dome lights, so I don't know what it looks like

Re: Dome light door switch

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:06 pm
by DanJo
Actually I went to the closest junk yard today (found one I didn’t know about) and they have 7 first gens on site! Got the part I needed, plus a spare, cross bars, better center console, and some other good stuff. All for less than a new dome light assembly!

Re: Dome light door switch

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:58 am
by joatmon
Sweet. Image I love a good junkyard score, closest i'll ever get to winning the lottery

Re: Dome light door switch

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:58 pm
by DanJo
Much fun was had. Planning on going back soon to harvest some more!