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Rav4.2 Front Interior Courtesy Light Diy


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So those of you with a 4.2 will have noticed that your front interior lamp does not come on when you open the doors. Adiing a wire can solve this.

The one downside being that switching on the front map light switch also switches on the rear; which is no biggie for me. If fact I would call it an upside - it's like a remote for the rear lamp.

First disconnect the vehicle Battery and remove with a flat headed screwdriver both front and rear lamp covers. Remove the fixing screws.

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Two screws in the rear lamp.

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Three screws in the front lamp.

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Next working from the windscreen end of the front lamp release the clips and lower the front lamp cluster. These are the clips.

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Don't worry if you bend the ones closest to the seat, the three screws hold it in firmly.

Next fix a red/white wire to this point on the lamp. The solder won't take on the brass. Secure the wire with a dab of superglue for strain relief. Be carefull the connector you use cannot short to the brass fork top left of the photo.

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In the car, swap the wires over in the plug. Use a jewellers screwdriver to remove the plastic cover and lever at the parts behind to release the wires.

Before

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During

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After

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Add the wire to the conduit.

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With both lamps removed the headlining can be lowered and the arm can be inserted up to the forearm. Shove all your cable up there as far as you can.

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Grab it from the other side.

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Make sure you leave enough slack for the existing cables to go back into the roof area toward the seatbelts when the lamp is refitted. I left more than this image shows in the headling area.

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Solder onto the red/white wire

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And you are done.

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Great little convenience mod. Needs to be pinned.

Have you had Veterinary training by any chance :lol:

Heh! I did feel a bit silly when the neighbour spotted me elbow deep in her. :donatello:
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