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DOOR AJAR LIGHT (bad sensor?)

The power locks , power mirrors not working. int. dome light has to be manually turned off.I think the door ajar sensor in the drivers door needs replacing.where is the location and any tips on replasing it?

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  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2008

    my drivers door is open too, I dont know how to get my lights off! my car barly starts now casue the lights are on all night!!!

  • Calirock11 Dec 08, 2008

    I have the exact same problem.  Hint first:  If your dome lights do not go off all night use the dimmer and turn all the way down until it clicks.  That will keep your battery from dying.  Back to my issue.  Same as other person and I am convinced that it is the sensor.  You do not, however, need to purchase the entire lock mechanism.  I finally after four hours go to it.  To replace see:  http://sparkysanswers.blogspot.com/2008/...


    Notice that it is a bear.  Also order the part ahead of time.  It is called a door sensor switch.  I had my door completely apart and then called the autoshop and takes two days to get it.  So now I am in the same situation I was in this morning.  Some people report spraying WD40 into the latch assembly and it fixed the issue.  So I tried that and still no luck.  Must wait for next weekend.  May buy the part and take it to a mechanic.


    Also for the life of me, I cannot understand the reason for the auto locks and mirrors not working.  Any insights?



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I'm pretty sure that they are integral to the door lock assembly on that model, would need to replace the whole door lock if that is the case. Best to get the Ford dealer to plug in their computer and check the signals from the door locks to see which one is at fault. Check central locking and power mirror fuses first, if no power to door locks then the door ajar sensors will have no power as well.

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