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I fixed the dome light in the Jag and it was a massive pain

Illustration for article titled I fixed the dome light in the Jag and it was a massive pain
Photo: Akio

Like seriously. What the hell!?

A few months back I noticed the front dome light in the Jag went out. The map lights, puddle lights, foot well lights, and rear lights all still worked, so it was probably just the bulb.

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So I go to pry off the lens to get at the bulb and check it...

Nope. The lens doesn’t come out. You have to drop the overhead console to get at the bulb.

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Ugh. Ok. Fine.

Months later I give it a go. One screw and six clips are all that hold it in. I undo the screw and get my fingers under the housing to give it a- SON OF A BITCH THAT IS THE SHARPEST PLASTIC KNOWN TO MAN!

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Hard to tell, but I assure you the cuts are not pleasant. Like... double thick paper cuts.
Hard to tell, but I assure you the cuts are not pleasant. Like... double thick paper cuts.
Photo: Akio

After removing the blood from my hands and headliner, I succeed in pulling down the console using trim pry bars.

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Bulb is fine.

Crap.

So now it is either a problem with the car wiring or the overhead console.

After playing with it for a few days I decided today to go head and head to the junk yard and grab a new one.

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When I get home I plug it in and TADA! Works great.

But it is the wrong color.

So I go about taking the old one apart.

Stupid weird plastic rivet-like things.
Stupid weird plastic rivet-like things.
Photo: Akio
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Unfortunately the old one is assembled using some weird plastic rivet things. Oh well, no time to be gentle! The drill made short work of them and quickly revealed the problem!

One burnt trace!

Hella burnt and lifted trace and new helper wire. (I clipped the trace after this)
Hella burnt and lifted trace and new helper wire. (I clipped the trace after this)
Photo: Akio
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Ignoring for the moment WHY the trace is burnt, I go ahead and repair it and...

IT WORKS!

Ok. So now time to put everything back together. Obviously I don’t have plastic rivets, but I do have sheet metal screws!

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Illustration for article titled I fixed the dome light in the Jag and it was a massive pain
Photo: Akio

Test great!

Time to reinstall.

Wait whats that smell?

CRAP. Magic smoke.

Back out!

The speculation is either the bulb housing is faulty as all of the wiring is actually just metal incased in the structure of the bulb housing, which is very... breaky, OR there was a fault with the PCB itself because it only freaked out when I inserted the housing in a certain way.

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Ok... new plan! Time to swap over the new PCB. I drilled out the plastic rivets on the new one and quickly had them swapped over.

Then tested it and they’re OK.

Ok... install!

Wait the left map light isn’t working.

Ok new bulb now it is working.

Ugh but the new bulb is brighter than the old bulb.

New bulb for the driver’s side too!

Long story short I removed that thing about 20 times today, cut the tips of four fingers, rained headliner dust all over everything, and generally regret life right now.

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But I have a dome light.

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