Tip & How-To about 1996 Ford Ranger SuperCab

Dome light issues

There are two jam switches located on the latch assymbly. One on top and one at the bottom. They can become dirty and not function properly causing the dome light to stay on until it "times" out. They can be removed and cleaned so they don't stick. Once I found them, it took me about an hour to completely remove the door panel, latch assymbly, and to reinstall everything back.

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my boot wont close fully


  • Press down on your trunk, and have somebody release your trunk's release mechanism from inside your car simultaneously. These systems can become jammed but can sometimes be released if a gentle downward pressure is applied to your trunk while the mechanism is being activated. If this is the problem, apply some lubricant.
  • Clean the latch and the area where it connects to the chassis. If dirt or debris has become lodged here, it can stop the latch from connecting properly. It's a good idea to vacuum the area to ensure no small bits of gravel have become trapped and stopped the mechanism from securing properly.
  • Examine the latch and the area where it connects to the body of the car. Either of these might have become bent out of shape or damaged in some other way if the trunk has been shut with an obstruction in the way. If this is the case, contact your vehicle's manufacturer or a local garage to find a replacement if the elements cannot be repaired.
Check the latch mechanism, it may have accidentally already be in the closed or lock position. If it is, you will have to pry down on the latch tangs with a screw driver while pulling latch handle to the open position.
Latch could also be seized, in that case , use a thin oil liberally on latch mechanism, and work the mechanism open and shut closing and opening with screw driver and boot handle.

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why trunk lock not closing complete ?


It possibly it ran off balance. Try opening it, and locate a small toggle switch located near the latch of the trunk door (top door) and play with it for a little while. The bottom part of the latch will rise and fall. Do this until the bottom latch reaches it's peak and close the trunk. Should be as good as new.

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Interior light won't turn off with ignition off keys out and all doors shut. Causes?


The door switch is gone bad or got dirty.In some cases cleaning helps,other wise it needs replacement. first try cleaning:--The door ajar and dome light switch is made in the door latch,get a wd-40 spray bottle. Open your door and spray into the door latch liberally and close and open the door about 6-7 times do this three or four times both doors if that doesn't work have it replaced either switch or switch and latch assembly


------------- you need a new door jam switch for it ,its the one that shuts the light off when the door is always shut on it,they go bad like this.---------- This will help. thanks.Helpmech.

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even after making sure all doors are properly closed, put van into drive , doors will not lock automatically and door ajar chime stays on continuosly.


Most likely, the auto-locks aren't working because it thinks one or more doors are open.
The door ajar switch is located inside the rear door face along with the latch. They can tend to get dirty and sticky over time. Using your favorite petroleum based lubricating spray, shoot it directly into the door latch area, being very liberal. Open and close your doors several times to make sure the switch is working freely. You should do this one door at a time so you can diagnose which door is causing the issue in case it resurfaces. Should be good to go.

Good luck.

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