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Door ajar and dome lghts

Door ajar light stays on and dome light. lights flicker after a few seconds as if to go out could this be a bad relay and if so where is it located on a 1998 ford winstar

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  • pleighly Mar 14, 2009

    I have this same problem, but can't FIND the switches on the front doors which is where the problem is....found the sliding door stuff and the rear but I can't seem to find the switches on the front doors to do anything with them, or even check them...???

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Probably a door switch, check them first. Go to each door with a can of penatrating oil, find the switch in the jam, give it a shot and work the button manually until they're all freed up. Watch the light while you do this to eliminate which one's causing the problem. Please post your results.

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