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Door ajar light and dome light stay on. 2002 F-350 crew cab

The door ajar dash light stays on all the time. The dome light goes out after traveling forward a bit. Is there a web site to look at the inside door linkage? So I don't have to pull off my door panels.

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  • frgarvin42 Feb 09, 2009

    there is no button on the frame. it is in the latch it self

  • Chris Mar 11, 2009

    Similar problem on my 01' F150, but stays on longer, even after I've left truck, if it's raining or roads are wet, short some where?

  • Craig300Magnum Sep 21, 2013

    Well after pulling my hair out, dead batteries, and spraying a ton of WD-40 and contact cleaner I decided it was tiome to go into the doors. I have noticed that for the past 3 years my dome light would not come on on the passenger front door on my F350. I took out the screws on the locking mechanism and removed the door panel. I found that at the very bottom of the assembly is a small round micro switch that has a little rod that travels up and down. As I was checking this the whole thing fell apart and fell into the door. I retrieved the parts and noticed the spring was balckened as if it had been shorted. I re-assembled the switch, re-crimped around the base to tighten it and re-installed it. I left all 4 doors opened but fully closed the lock to mimick all doors being shut. I then lifted the handle on the door I repaired and the light came on. I then closed the door and after 20 seconds the dome lights went off. I now can close all doors and they act the same and guess what! NO DOOR AJAR LIGHT! There is no longer evidence of a drain on the truck and all is well in my driveway.

  • Craig300Magnum Sep 22, 2013

    I forgot to add in my original post, that on this vehicle a 2003 Ford F350 the "Door Ajar Light" and the Dome lights run through the same switch. The little plunger I spoke of has 2 small 'O" rings that gum up very easily. After a good cleaning the rod showed great function. I can see how over time they gum up. My suggestion is every couple of months get in the habbit of spraying lube on the lock assembly. Much easier with the door panel off.



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Its the problem with door switch on the car ,you need to replace the switch
open the car door and you will find button shaped switch on the door frame ,you need to replace it ....

Good luck...

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  • Anand Kumar
    Anand Kumar Feb 09, 2009

    1. Remove the exterior mirror mounting hole cover.

    2. If equipped with manual windows:

      1. Remove the window regulator handle.

      2. Position the window regulator handle cover aside.

      3. Remove the window regulator handle screw and regulator handle.

    3. If equipped with power windows:

      1. Remove the window control switch plate.

      2. Disconnect the window control switch electrical connectors and if equipped, the memory set switch electrical connector.

    4. If equipped, remove the front door trim panel reflector or the courtesy lamp lens.

    5. Remove the screws.
      CAUTION Do not pull directly outward on front door trim panel, as damage will occur.
      NOTE Remove the front door trim panel by pulling it straight upward.

    6. Lift and remove the front door trim panel.

    7. If equipped, twist the courtesy lamp connector one half turn and remove it from the front door trim panel.

    8. Position the water shield aside.

    9. Remove the body plug.

    10. Remove the 2 exterior front door handle nuts.

    11. Remove the exterior front door handle.

    12. Disconnect the lock cylinder actuating rod from the handle.

    13. Disconnect the door handle actuating rod from the front door latch.

    14. Remove the exterior front door handle.

    15. Disconnect the push button rod from the front door latch.

    16. Release the front door latch actuating cable locators.

    17. Remove the 3 screws and position the front door latch aside.

    18. Disconnect the front door latch electrical connector(s).

    19. Remove the front door latch cable water seal.

    20. Release the cable conduit.

    21. Release the cable.

    22. Remove the front door latch.
      Remove the Door Ajar Switch

    23. Lift up on the locking tab.

    24. Rotate and remove the door ajar switch.
      Door Lock Actuator

    25. Release the tab.

    26. Slide the door lock actuator off the latch.

    27. Remove the door lock actuator.

    28. To install, reverse the removal procedure.

  • Anand Kumar
    Anand Kumar Feb 09, 2009

    Replace the door ajar switch and please re rate my solution ..

    Good luck...

  • Riding4me Jan 30, 2011

    There is quite likly an easier fix than replacing the door switch. I had the same trouble with my 2000 F350 crew cab, interior lights turning on and off randomly. I found several comments online about lubricating the door latches which would solve the problem. I was certianly sceptical about this being the issue, but after dealing with this for a year or more and just this last week a flat battery I thought I would give it a try. I used Tri Flow (WD40 would also work) and started at the drivers door latch. I used the little red pipe that attaches to the nozzle of the can to direct the flow into the latch. I really flooded it. I then opened and closed the door 10 times or so. I did this to the other 3 doors and on the last door which was the right rear door the light turned off immediately. Now the interior lights work well, the back doors turn the interior lights off instantly, the front doors turn the light of after 25 seconds.
    I read on some post that this problem happens more frequently in areas with a lot of rain, that certianly fits my area (Seattle, Washington).
    Good luck,



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