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The "Door Ajar " message won't turn off on my 2002 explorer.

The rear hatch has caused this problem in the past but I was able to sove it by closing the rear hatch hard.

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Check and adjust the sensor at the latch or in the lock

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SOURCE: door ajar light remains on

Ford Explorer since 1995 has been using an in-door switch for the door jamb. Older versions used a plunger that you could easily test with with your fingers. The common problem is that the switch is not closed, this will cause your dome lite to be on, door ajar light on, and will malfunction any aftermarket auto alarm. Replace the switch, this is a known Ford problem.

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SOURCE: 2003 Explorer door ajar light stay on when all doors are closed

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.

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SOURCE: electronic lock on rear hatch of 2002 ford escape will not open

the unlock or popper for the door needs to be replaced. the door should work with a key.

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