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My interior lights will not turn on when I open the door.  The lights do work as after I get in I can manually turn them on and off.

 

There must be something I am missing. I looked through the owner's manual and also did not see anything in there

 

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Where would I find the door switch? 

 

Thanks for your help

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Ford hasn't used pin switches in the door jamb for a long time.  The switch is in the door latch mechanism

 

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Is this something I should be able to see? Would it be something that is broke or just switched back on

 

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No.  It's inside the door.  There's no switch.  There's an example here.  However, before tearing the door apart, there can be other causes for this, such as wiring.  You indicated that the lights don't go on when "the door" is opened.  Do you mean just the driver's door or all of them?  Does the "Door Ajar" warning come on when you open a door?  Have you checked all pertinent fuses?

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The lights do not come on for any of the doors but the door ajar comes on for all of them. I thought maybe there was dimmer switch that was off or something

 

thanks for helping

hjski

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2 hours ago, hjski said:

The lights do not come on for any of the doors but the door ajar comes on for all of them. I thought maybe there was dimmer switch that was off or something

 

thanks for helping

hjski

 

Hi hjski. Since it does not seem to be a door switch issue, just thinking out loud here: Do the interior light switches located on the roof console/sunglasses holder have an "Off" or "Dark" position on your 2011 Hybrid?

 

And I assume the interior dimmer located next to the headlight switch is not turned off (although I don' think that would disable the interior lights)?

 

Keep us updated and good luck.

Edited by bbf2530

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The map light near the sunglasses holder, they are what I would think should be coming on. There is just an on and off switch. Two up front and 2 in the back seat.

 

Now down at the bottom left there are 4 buttons, one to pop the trunk, one to change the ambient light color, another is a dimmer for dash lights and the forth I am not really sure what it is, maybe that one is adjusting the darkest of the ambient lights .


thanks for helping me think this through

hjski

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On 10/26/2020 at 8:30 PM, hjski said:

My interior lights will not turn on when I open the door.  The lights do work as after I get in I can manually turn them on and off.

 

There must be something I am missing. I looked through the owner's manual and also did not see anything in there

 

hjski       

 

 

 

14 hours ago, hjski said:

The lights do not come on for any of the doors but the door ajar comes on for all of them. I thought maybe there was dimmer switch that was off or something

 

thanks for helping

hjski

I had to read and re-read to understand the issue but I am a little confused.
There were vehicles I owned in the past the have 3 switch positions for the interior lights. Does your switch happen to have "ON", "OFF" and "DOOR" position with the latter being in the middle position?

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 I am not seeing any switches like that. I also thought there would be something like that but I am not seeing it. I includes some pictures of the map lights and at the dimmer controls. Those light go on when I hit those buttons but not when I open the door

 

hjski

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Hi hjski. Still don't have a solution to your original interior light issue. However, your Owners Manual states that the switches below the trunk release are for the Ambient Lighting (as you guessed previously). The switch to the right turns them on/off. The one to the left controls intensity/brightness.

 

 

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3 hours ago, kramf411 said:

 

I had to read and re-read to understand the issue but I am a little confused.
There were vehicles I owned in the past the have 3 switch positions for the interior lights. Does your switch happen to have "ON", "OFF" and "DOOR" position with the latter being in the middle position?

No. That generation of MKZ did not have that option. I had a 2010 and 2012, so I didn't raise that possibility. The 2nd-gen cars have a "darkness" switch for the interior lights.  Handy if you're on a nighttime stakeout.😜

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I would think you have already scoured the vehicle configuration/settings on the instrument panel, am I right?

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Yes, I have looked at that and also the owners manual but I have not seen anything. Now there maybe something I missed. Just to recap all of the map lights do work by the on off switches and the door ajar sensors are working 

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I saw something similar in a ford edge posting where they were saying there is a factory

setup of police mode where the interior light do not go on. I would not think this type of car a Lincoln hybrid would ever be a police car but I thought i would post it.

 

hjski

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11 hours ago, hjski said:

I saw something similar in a ford edge posting where they were saying there is a factory

setup of police mode where the interior light do not go on. I would not think this type of car a Lincoln hybrid would ever be a police car but I thought i would post it.

 

hjski

That's what I had in mind with the tongue-in-cheek remark about nighttime stakeouts.  I would think that even police cars have a switch to turn the overhead light(s) on when needed.

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