When I need to work on the car for a long period of time and leave the lid open over nite, I do not want that trunk light on, so here's what I did. I drilled a 1/32" hole thru the housing wall and that small lever (with the lever pushed in the housing) and then use a paper clip to hold the lever in. That keeps the light out for as long as you want. You can even close the trunk lid with the paper clip in. You don't need to go all the way thru with the drill. Just keep it somewhere in the middle of the lever. To close to the edge will force the drill to wonder to the edge of the housing. Just use judgement. I kept it 1/8" from the edge. Good luck.
Posts: 2414 From: Beckwith Township, ON, Canada Registered: Jan 2003
Pull the courtsy lamp fuse, that will kill the trunk lamp, trunk release, interior lighting, power locks and power mirrors. You can then work inside the passenger compartment and the engine compartment without draining the battery and still have power to remaining systems.
Posts: 2177 From: Temecula, CA Registered: Oct 2003
What I did was installed a rocker type switch in the line of the light. (no pictures) I pulled the material back out of the rubber molding, engine side, theres a area where the wires run for the truck light.... Just insert a switch in the line, and "wella" on and off any time you want! cost $2-$3 and about 10 mins of work!
Good Luck, -Michael
p.s. the pin in the hole, sounds like a good idea also!!