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Door open indicator stays on, drains battery

When door closed, open door indicator continues to show door open, how to disconnect that indicator

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Well thats easy , huh?
but the switch is closed , door closed.
so just short the door switch wire.

now you will exit veh, with keys in car, and sad days ,get worse.
same with head lamps left one. oops, no more warning.

Posted on Oct 05, 2013


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