[DML] Ring illumination questions
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[DML] Ring illumination questions

Ok.  I went to test/fix some things.  I broke more
things ;).

Ok, so I found an LED light that fits the
headlight/hazzard switch and the cigarette lighter.  I
try to gently pull the lighter out, being extra
careful to the "ears" that hold the illum ring in. 
SNAP.  *sigh*

So than I get the LED light in its place in the
illumination ring.  Put key in - turn.  Nothing.  No
light in the illumination ring at all.  Now, this is
where my question kind of "spreads" into multiple

1.  Does this light only come on with the headlight
switch on?  Problem with me testing that...my switch
went bad tonight.  Until I get a new one in, I can't
know for sure if the ring only comes on with the
headlights/dashlights on, or if it's supposed to come
on with the key in position two in the ignition..

2.  If the illum ring should come on with only the
turning of the key, than why in the world is mine not
lighting up?  I checked fuse #8 - it is good, and
every single other thing that fuse #8 controls works
just fine.

Could it have something to do with the ear on the ring
being broken that it isn't making a good enough
connection to the cigarette lighter - since I assume
the cigarette lighter is grounded (2 wires going to
it, I assume one positive and one ground)..?

3.  The illum ring only has 1 wire - and that is the
little housing where the light goes.. why isn't it
like the auto trans shifter light that has a ground,
or the sidemarker lights - they are both similar in
design by both having ground wires that are soldered
to the bulb housing.  Why doesn't the illum ring wire
have one too?  Is it because the lighter itself has a
ground, and when the illum ring and lighter are both
held in place tightly by the "little clips" - the
illum ring utilizes the ground provided by the

4.  If I'm completely offbase, and the wire fed to the
illum ring is getting no power, could I splice another
wire (say..the auto tranny shifter light) for power,
and utilize a ground wire, run it under the center
console, and attach it to the steering column
(grounded to the frame) to get light back in the ring?

Lots of questions there - I know, but this got awfully
frustrating at 1:15am.  If anyone could provide me
with a solution to get the ring lit up again, that
would be great.  As said earlier, it's all the little
things working that make the car great.


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