Electrical short


Asked by Broncobuilder78 May 30, 2017 at 06:47 PM about the 1997 Dodge RAM 1500 ST Club Cab 4WD

Question type: General

1997 dodge ram 1500 5.9l radio cuts out
when doors open switch dome light on
from headlight switch and when I plug the
underhood light in. I'm lost and I've tried to
find diagrams and I've checked both door
harnesses. Please help

12 Answers


You are on the right track with wires in your door. The ram is notorious for these wires breaking. Remove the accordion boot that runs from the pillar to the door. Check and see if the wires are ok.

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Also, pull the speaker and check the magnet. My 2005 Dakota had magnets break off! Speaker frame is plastic and weight of magnet combined with junk plastic speaker frame will not hold up to repeated door slamming. Magnet may be loose from cracked mounting causing cutting out eventually breaking completely off

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Yea I pulled both boots on the door checked the wires and connectors. All was good there. I'm thinking it might have something to do with the dome light circuit bc I unplugged the door harness completely then by hand push the button and the radio would cut on. And with both doors closed I can take the dimmer/headlight switch to where it turns the dome light on and it cuts the radio off. Do u think there might be a short in the headlight switch

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I would agree w your logic. It seems there is a short somewhere in the overhead lights and map courtesy light. With the help of one of your friends disconnect the overhead courtesy lights and map courtesy lights and everything will be working. I believe that the wiring circuits in some of these systems are made to deteriorate after about 10 to 15 years. I hope that this isn't the case, but read this


The radio is seeking a ground through the lamp circuit. when you open the door. you are loosing the ground. try a seperate ground wire from the radio chasis to a good ground. I have fixed many radios with this condition.

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I'm having similar issues. when I turn on the radio the dome and map lights are lit very dim. as soon as i open the door or turn on the dome light the radio cuts off completely. I tried running a seperate ground and that didnt change anything. i have found that i have continuity between the right rear speaker wire and the dome light. i am continuing to dig into the wiring to see what is shorted. i have unhooked the door wiring harness and had no luck with that changing it either.


Anybody please have a picture of the power window switch connector the one with 8 pins

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