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Old 17 Aug 2005, 10:49 pm
Craig Monroe
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Default 98 Civic domelight doesn't work

After installing Alpine CD/tuner, the dome light does not operate when
opening doors. I have since learned that this feature is linked to the stock
radio. Is there away around this? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks


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Old 18 Aug 2005, 06:21 am
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Craig Monroe wrote:
> After installing Alpine CD/tuner, the dome light does not operate when
> opening doors. I have since learned that this feature is linked to the stock
> radio. Is there away around this? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks


I think the stock radio has a feature that sets up the time delay on
the dome light.

When I had a CD tuner installed, the installer put in connecter that
essently shorted the dome wires. The dome light now goes on/off
immediately when the door is shut (ie: no delay) but otherwise works
normally. I was told that it was done but never saw the process so
sorry I can't be more specific.

-MVL

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Old 18 Aug 2005, 11:31 am
'Curly Q. Links'
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Default Re: 98 Civic domelight doesn't work

Craig Monroe wrote:
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> After installing Alpine CD/tuner, the dome light does not operate when
> opening doors. I have since learned that this feature is linked to the stock
> radio. Is there away around this? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks


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You can find the answer thru google.com, or somebody may provide the
link. The dome light was 'looped' thru the old stereo, for the sake of
the alarm.

'Curly'
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Old 21 Aug 2005, 12:56 am
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Craig Monroe wrote:
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> After installing Alpine CD/tuner, the dome light does not operate when
> opening doors. I have since learned that this feature is linked to the stock
> radio. Is there away around this? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks



The dome light is indeed routed through the factory radio in '96 - '98
Civics. This is because on models with a security system, the control
unit is inside the stereo, and the security system is using the dome
light wire to monitor if any doors are opened.

The problem gets worse if you have remote keyless entry, as the factory
receiver for this is also inside the factory stereo.

Since you only are missing the dome light, the solution is easy. Get
part number Part Number HA03B from http://www.scosche.com/ and plug it
into the now unconnected alarm / keyless entry plug behind the stereo.

If you feel adventurous, you can do without the Scosche adapter. Just
locate the connector inside the dash and short together the LT GRN/RED
wire (from door switches) and the LT GRN/BLK wire (to dome light)


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Old 21 Aug 2005, 08:17 am
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Default Re: 98 Civic domelight doesn't work

We put an after market stereo in my son's 97 Civic and his dome lights
don't work. I only remember unplugging two things though. The main
plug has the reverse harness in it and I thought the other was for the
CD player. Is there another plug back there? I just don't remember a
third plug in on the back. Thanks for any info!
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Old 21 Aug 2005, 11:49 am
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MinnesotaMike wrote:
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> We put an after market stereo in my son's 97 Civic and his dome lights
> don't work. I only remember unplugging two things though. The main
> plug has the reverse harness in it and I thought the other was for the
> CD player. Is there another plug back there? I just don't remember a
> third plug in on the back. Thanks for any info!


There shouldn't be a factory harness for a CD player. There should be
the 16-pin rectangular connector that you plugged the reverse harness
into and another 16 pin rectangular connector for the dome light,
keyless entry, alarm etc. according to trim level.

At the back of the factory stereo, there should be an additional,
circular DIN receptacle used with the optional cassette player or with a
CD player. Unless you have either of these two installed, there will not
be a cable for it behind the stereo.

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Old 21 Aug 2005, 01:58 pm
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Default Re: 98 Civic domelight doesn't work

Thanks. You're right. The CD player did have a round plug. If I plug
the dome light, etc. harness back into the original stereo, will that
solve my dome light problem? Or do I still need the other plug from
Scosche?
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Old 21 Aug 2005, 02:58 pm
'Curly Q. Links'
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MinnesotaMike wrote:
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> Thanks. You're right. The CD player did have a round plug. If I plug
> the dome light, etc. harness back into the original stereo, will that
> solve my dome light problem? Or do I still need the other plug from
> Scosche?



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Yes, that works. Putting a jumper in there would do the same, like
RANDOLPH said. I'd meter the backside of the connector, then chop up the
old radio and take the green connector out and use it as the jumper,
making sure it couldn't short to ground.

'Curly'
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Old 21 Aug 2005, 10:15 pm
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Thanks.
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