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I have a 2000 and the side door has four prongs sticking out of it, they are spring loaded. when mine messed up it was for the speakers. I took mine apart and fixed it, A spring had popped out some how. They are a simple setup.
this is caused by the door ajar switch sticking. easiest and cheapest way to fix this is to spray a generous amount of wd-40/enforcer/pb blaster or like spray chemical into all the door latches. this will free up the sticking switch. spray it into all your door latches since we dont know which switch is sticking and spray a lot of wd-40 onto them
The switches are FAMOUS for sticking. The easiest thing to do is spray (I mean HOSE) the latch in the door with penetrating oil and repeatedly close and open the door, like 20 times, this may get the switch working again. It will be hard to tell which switch is indeed stuck, unlless you really pay attention, and note which door you are working on when the light does go out.
The door ajar switches are located inside the door they are attached to the door latch assembly, they twist in, you will need to remove the rear window glass run channel to access them, this is your problem, the switches stick and cause this problem. There is a TSBconcerning this problem as well.
I had this problem on my 2003 explorer and took WD40 and gave the lock mechanism a good dose where it meets the clasp on the door jam. Then open and close the doors a couple of times to get them working. They get gummed up and sometimes have a tendency to stick.
Hey,try this. Get some WD40 or equivalent and spray it inside the door latch.Then open and close the door a few times. Do this on every door. Note which door the you sprayed when the door ajar light turns off because that will be the door latch you will have to replace. What happens is that the door ajar switch sticks.