Dome light orange delay box=how do I bypass it?

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HAFROD

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Guys, my 82 El Camino has the orange plastic dome/courtesy delay box under the dash and it is stuck on. I put in new dome bulbs cause previous owner had them removed. The dome light stayed on with doors closed for at least 20 minutes before I removed my new bulbs. The jamb switches are working cause I removed them, cleaned, and tested them on the bench with my multi meter. There are 5 wires in the plug for the orange box=orange which is constant 12 volts, pink, black, and two whites. How can I by pass this or loop it to get it to work like a normal dome light should?
 
pontiacgp

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by you wire description it sounds like you have the delay courtesy lights and sounds like that is your problem



if you want to bypass the delay you could wire it like the set up without the delay. You could tap into the wire to the lighter

 
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OP: not trying to hijack the thread, just asking a question to try to help.

potiacGp: how did the factory implement the non-delay cars? Surely both optioned cars shared the same harness? I'm thinking that the cars without the delay option had some type of jumper in place?
 
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OP: not trying to hijack the thread, just asking a question to try to help.

potiacGp: how did the factory implement the non-delay cars? Surely both optioned cars shared the same harness? I'm thinking that the cars without the delay option had some type of jumper in place?
it looks like they did use the same wiring and added wires to go to the delay box. Looking at the diagrams again it looks like all that has to be done to bypass the delay box is to cut the power to it, remove the pink/black wire.
 
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the pink wire is the ignition off signal to the delay timer feature telling it to keep the lights on for 30 seconds but the timer is shorted causing the lights to stay on. the pink wire only has power with the key in "run" or start position. the orange wire is constant power, and the white wire is the ground that turns on the lights. you could disconnect the white wires at the timer and hook them together allowing lights to work with the door jam switches. but i would also disconnect the orange wire, since the timer is shorted, the orange wire will be a draw on the battery, causing battery to drain and not start the car.
 
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oldsmobile joe

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oh, and thank you pontiacgp for the excellent wiring diagrams.
 
drogg1

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I agree with Joe. Looks like just disconnect all five wires from the delay box and connect the white wires together.
 
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So instead of cutting up my wiring, I could unplug the delay box and make a spaded jumper wire for the two whites?
yes, drogg is correct with connecting the 2 white wires. If you look at the wiring for the none delay you'll see terminal 156 is attached to the white wire loop but with delay module terminal 156 goes to the delay module interrupting the ground feed.so you need to remove those 2 white wires and connect them to close the loop.
 
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Robert I've got some modules here if you want to try and get the delay functioning again.
 
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