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Old 03-11-2006, 11:38 AM
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96 Explorer door ajar dash light coming from tailgate.

Since yesterday the door ajar light stays on and interior lights stay on a bit after engine is started. The lights even stay on a while after leaving vehicle and locking the doors. I do know that this is coming from the tailgate or window because the rear wiper won't work.

Now I do know there are no old style button light switches on these. I know it's some kind of sensor that does the job. The problem is that I do not know exactly where this is located or what exactly to look for (my Haynes manual isn't helping). Also, once I locate it, what should I look for as the cause and what I should do to fix it. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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The problem ended about 2 hours ago and all is fine for now. I still would like to get at the sensor and check it out.
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Another one of Fords "better ideas" was to put the door switches in the door latch. Try spraying all of them with WD-40 & see what that does.
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Another one of Fords "better ideas" was to put the door switches in the door latch. Try spraying all of them with WD-40 & see what that does.
In the latch? What a stupid thing to do. Must have been a former Chrysler engineer to concoct that "brilliant" idea.

I just wish all car manufacturers would have just stuck with the old reliable button switches in the door jamb. Never had a problem with those except for the switch for the tailgate on my '89 B2.
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