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2002 Thunderbird convertible. The map lights won't shut off.

Customer Question

2002 Thunderbird convertible. The map lights won't shut off. it killed the battery.
JA: Just to clarify, what are the exact lights you're talking about?
Customer: There are 2 map lamps on the bottom of the rear view mirror. Each has it's own push button off /on switch. cannot turn off either lamp
JA: Are you fixing your Thunderbird yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: tried reading the manual. (It said "for bulb replacement see a dealer"). Tried turning off when running, to no avail. tried all light switches.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: not really
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Mike S. replied 9 months ago.

Hi, I am Mike, welcome. I'm reviewing your question.

Expert:  Mike S. replied 9 months ago.

here is the wiring diagram, the map lights are fed from a fuse that is hot all the time, so it's the map light on/off buttons that are most likely the problem.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
We tried the following:
Turned the dashboard dimmer all the way down and we were able to turn the map lights off and on.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I guess we have to do that everytime we shut off the car.
Expert:  Mike S. replied 9 months ago.

I cannot help, cause I must have the wrong diagram.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
i can't read a wiring diagram
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
ok goodbye