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Rav4 2003 door ajar indicator light goes off while taking left turn. also gate dome light turns on at the same time. what could be the cause and solution for this

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This same question I just answered somewhere here. Sounds like the switch on the gate is losing connection or needs adjusted. Try to tug on the gate while car is parked and running and see if you can get it to happen.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

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SOURCE: door ajar light stays on along with dome light

I know the problem. Mine does it too. The fix is easy. Open & close doors to find which one is causing the problem. Open that door panel and find the release latch at back of door. There are 2 wire harnesses attached to the latch. Unhook the wires and spray sockets of latch. There is a ballbearing that gets stuck in switch. Lubricate that ballbearing and work latch manually several times. This problem will reoccur occasionally especially when there has been a lot of rain. Good Luck

Posted on Jul 08, 2008

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SOURCE: Ford taurus door ajar light stays on

have you had the door panel apart before for anything, the switch is on your latch inside your door. I hope this helps you. I am just trying to be helpful, and will help you all the way through your repair if you like, My compensation is my rating. please be generous..lol

Posted on Dec 19, 2008

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SOURCE: door ajar indicator stays on

you may just need to adjust your door jams they may not be closing properly, the other thing you can try is opening one door at a time and putting your finger on the switch usually in the lower l/h corner of b piller and see if the light goes off if not this may be the problem and replace the switch

Posted on Dec 25, 2008

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SOURCE: 2001 Ford Escape, dome light will not go off when

The door switch provides a ground to the dome light... so there is no danger to you if you want to attempt a removal of the switch. A rusted or shorted wire in the door switch (of any door) will keep the dome light on.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009

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SOURCE: The dome light does not turn off and the door ajar

the problem is door ajar switch located on one of the door latches just inside the door. what usually works is spraying wd40 or an electronic lubricant prayed liberally into the door latch and then opening and closing the door several times. the stuck switch is usually on the door that is the least used door like the passenger side rear. let us know how you make out.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009

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