355 Courtesy Light

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by FUNRARI, Sep 2, 2009.


    FUNRARI Formula Junior

    Nov 5, 2008
    Washington D.C.
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    I know everyone is going to find this issue thrilling :). Over the last couple of years I have gone through my car with a fine tooth comb to make sure everything is working/functioning as intended and the car is 99.9% so I have nothing to complain about. Here's the .1%, ('96 F355 Spider), the dome light stays on in the "auto" position instead of turning off after 10-15 seconds of the doors closing... has anyone had this problem, can anyone tell me where the relay that controls this is located?
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  3. mwhitesell

    mwhitesell Formula 3

    Sep 17, 2006
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    Did you know this switch is a rocker switch where the whole light is the switch? It took me a couple years and a night with the switch on all night to realize that. :)

    FUNRARI Formula Junior

    Nov 5, 2008
    Washington D.C.
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    Yes, thanks - I read that it's a 3 position rocker switch in the owners manual, it works as intended except in the auto off position where it will just stay on....
  5. Tom_C

    Tom_C Karting

    Feb 20, 2008
    Raleigh area, NC
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    Tom C
    door or hood switch bad, showing open and not closed???
  6. Marco Bussadori

    Marco Bussadori Formula Junior

    Aug 6, 2007
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    Marco Bussadori
    It is a specialist relay that times and dims the light after 40 or so seconds of the door switch opening (closed door) from a closed (open door) position.

    It costs some $300 from Ferrari... I made my own using a radioshack project, the size of a deck of cards and hidden under the dash. It turns the light off after 40 seconds with no dimming effect, but then again cost me a mere $15...

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  8. Ricambi America

    Ricambi America F1 World Champ
    Sponsor Owner

    Don't confuse your Mondial with a F355. Quite different.
  9. GCalo

    GCalo F1 Veteran

    Sep 15, 2004
    Northern California
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    Greg Calo
    I thought Marco was just making light of the situation!!!!

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