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Interior Lights and the dimmer switch

I was reading in the manual for my 2002 Ranger and came across an interesting part. It says that if I move my dimmer switch all the way down that there will be a "detent" that will make my interior lights not come on when the door is open. The thing is there is no "detent" and even moving it all the way down doesn't work. My dad's 2003 F-250 says the same thing in the manual and the "detent" doesn't exist on his dimmer switch. Is this just a Ford misprint?
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My 03 Ranger owner's manual does not say that there is an "Off" position on the dimmer. The 2002 Ranger factory wiring manual does not show it either. I have owned 3 Rangers and I don't remember any off them having the "Off" feature on the dimmer control.

I would say that is a misprint in your O/M.
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http://www.motorcraftservice.com/OGP...2/02ranog4.pdf follow this link and on page 81 under the panel dimmer control section "Move the control to the full down position, past detent, to prevent the interior lights from illuminating when the doors are opened." I don't understand, if motorcraft has the 4th edition of the manual and it's still incorrect then whats the deal?
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Apparently, either no one caught the mistake or they did see it and didn't report it. I recently sent in a correction for an error that has been published in every Ranger wiring manual for at least the last 5 years. Ford was glad to hear about it and promised to fix it in all future editions of prior year manuals and in the new 2006 version. If no one notices or reports an error, it is likely that it will be carried over until the publication becomes obsolete.

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Well how would I go about reporting an error if I find another one?
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Well how would I go about reporting an error if I find another one?
For service publication errors, the address is:

Technical Service Publications
P.O. Box 2728
Dearborn, MI 48123-9905

I don't know if this group is also responsible for owners' manuals.
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Now that address, is that just for Ford Products or is that for all cars in general?
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Now that address, is that just for Ford Products or is that for all cars in general?
I believe it is for Ford Service Publications only.
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there is a detent all the way up that makes the lights turn on and if you leave it on long enough then the overhead will shut off. i dont know if after the lights shut off that they wont turn on when the door opens.

i say someone try it. go turn that light on until your overhead cuts off and then open the door.
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there is a detent all the way up that makes the lights turn on and if you leave it on long enough then the overhead will shut off. i dont know if after the lights shut off that they wont turn on when the door opens.

i say someone try it. go turn that light on until your overhead cuts off and then open the door.
The battery saver feature is reset when the door is opened - the light will come back on.

His owner's manual incorrectly says that there are two detent positions, top and bottom of travel, one for continuously on (untill the battery saver times out), the other for always off.
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