Originally Posted by Sonicbluz
Hi, first time poster here. Sonic blue focus s born may 2, recieved may 17th. Love the ride and handling, and no real problems so far, but the Dome lights operation are still a baffling mystery to me. "The dome lamp will turn on when: any door is opened" mine only turns on if the car is on, is this normal? "The remote entry controls are pressed and the ignition is off" This NEVER happens, normal or a glitch? the dash lights do come on, but not the dome lamp. When I use the remote key after car is off a short time the dome lamp sometimes comes on when I open the door but when its been off a while it doesn't. I own a very basic model focus, no light sensors that I know of. I tried to show my dealer what was happening, but since the car was just off a couple minutes, of course the dome lamp came on and they just looked at me like I was crazy. Every night when I use the remote key and enter, dash lights come on but no dome lamp. Is this uhhhh normal?? or a glitch?
I don't know if it applies to the S model, but on my wife's SE there is a little trick to the dome lights that's not covered in the manual. We actually found it out from one of the dealer techs when we were taking delivery and the dome lights didn't work when the doors were opened. He had it fixed in about 60 seconds:
To toggle the dome lights operation on/off (when doors are opened) - with the driver's door open, press and hold the dome light switch on the overhead until the light flashes.
Apparently this sets a software toggle in the Body Control Module, or makes the magic genies happy, or whatever.
Again, I don't know if it applies to S models, or to "Job 2" builds (which yours is, and that's a good thing) but it's worth a try.
Best of luck and congratulations on your new Focus.