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Message center says driver door ajar but shut tight

2002 Linc Cont, message says driver door ajar but it is shut tight, because I have slammed all of them a few times

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  • snappybunny May 29, 2009

    thank you for your help

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Have you checked the door switch?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    what does a door switch plunger look like on a 2001 linc cont

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This problem is caused by a small switch inside the door that is attached to the door latch mechanism, it is called a door ajar/coutresy light switch, there are one of these for each door, the dealer can run a test that will id the bad switch very quickly, the output from these switches goes through a control called a lighting control module (LCM), it has the ability to test itself.

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