98 Civic LX sedan - dome light problem

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Exeter, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. Exeter

    Exeter Guest

    I just picked up a 98 Civic LX sedan. I noticed that the dome light does
    not come on when the doors are opened. The dome light has a 3 position
    switch: (1)Off, (2) on when doors open, (3) on all the time. I can turn
    the dome light on all the time (position 2), but in the center position
    (position 2), it doesn't work when either the drivers door or passenger
    door is opened. I tried manually manipulating the door switches but
    still can't get the dome light to come on with the doors open. Any ideas
    what this may be?
    Exeter, Jan 18, 2004
  2. Exeter

    Exeter Guest

    I meant to say that the dome light will work in position 3 (all the
    time) but not position 2 (doors are open). I didn't get a chance to
    check the fuse box closely because it's night time but I will check it
    in the morning.
    Exeter, Jan 18, 2004
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    Check to see if it's the original Honda stereo in the dash. If it's a
    Sony, a Pioneer, a kenwood..,. that may be your problem. Something about
    the alarm (even if you don't have alarm) runs thru the OEM stereo, and
    gets it's signal from the door switch. That's what I thought I heard,


    'Curly Q. Links', Jan 18, 2004
  4. Exeter

    Randolph Guest

    Check to see if it's the original Honda stereo in the dash. If it's a
    You heard right Cutly. The dome light wires run though the factory
    stereo. The keyless entry receiver is also built into the stereo.
    Exeter, Does your keyless entry work?

    There is a simple tweak you can do to make the domelight work even with
    after market head units. See http://ccs.exl.info/civic_radio.html.

    For info on how to get the stereo out so that you can get access to the
    wiring, go to http://www.installdr.com/InstallDocs/Honda/Civic.html and
    select "1996 - 1998"
    Randolph, Jan 18, 2004
  5. Exeter

    Exeter Guest

    No, it's not the original factory stereo. I bought the car at a Honda
    dealer and they told me that they had to install a stereo because there
    wasn't one in it when the previous owner traded it in. Also, I don't
    have a keyless entry sytem on this.
    Thanks, I'll check it out....either that or take it back to the dealer
    to have them fix it.
    Exeter, Jan 18, 2004
  6. Exeter

    Exeter Guest

    Unfortunately, the instructions given in the above link do not match any
    of the pin assignments given in the link below.
    I did find an adapter plug at this site but if I use the adapter plug,
    will the radio no longer be connected? Or is it a separate plug that
    needs modified? My Honda does not have the keyless entry.
    Exeter, Jan 18, 2004
  7. Exeter

    Randolph Guest

    The document at http://www.installdr.com/InstallDocs/Honda/Civic.html
    lists only two alternate pinouts for the main stereo connector (gray). I
    included that link only because it details how to remove the stereo.

    In addition to the main stereo connector, the factory stereo had two
    smaller connectors (green) for the keyless entry / security system. The
    instructions at http://ccs.exl.info/civic_radio.html refer to one of
    these green connectors.
    Randolph, Jan 18, 2004
  8. Exeter

    Exeter Guest

    I'll have to give it a closer look. You know, I thought my car didn't
    have the keyless entry only because they didn't tell me it did and I
    didn't get any remote with it. The car was traded in without a radio and
    Honda put a 3rd party radio/CD player in it. You would think that they
    know about the dome light issue and would've fixed it when they
    installed the radio. I'll have to check with them I guess.
    Exeter, Jan 18, 2004
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