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There is a dinging noise when i open my door after removing the key

After i remove the key and open my door there is a dinging noise that wont stop and my headlights are not on or anything

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The key chime in ignition cylinder is shorting out against the steering column. Turn key on, take a very thin long pin and at the underside of the steering column cover there's a small hole, push pin until you feel a metal tab pushing up,pull out the cylinder. You will see a little metal tab pushed up against the ignition cylinder wall.the plastic piece that keeps it in place is probably broken. You can put a piece of electrical tape on it and be done with it, but chime won't work at all, the down side of this....the only eay to replace that key chime id to buy the clockspring, around $250 plus labor, steering wheel has to be removed. ..

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SOURCE: Door chime wont stop

open door push switch by hand, if it does adjust switch

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SOURCE: door ajar light stays on after i close the door

I had the same problem in my 98 and 96 Sables. Ford dealer says it is a problem with a sensor, located behind the left rear quarter panel. It doesn't recognize when the doors are closed, therefore it leaves the dome light, etc. on--sometimes briefly, but possibly until the battery goes dead. Worse when the weather is damp. Their solution was to throw it on the diagnostic computer BUT ONLY WHILE THE PROBLEM IS ACTIVELY HAPPENING, then replace the sensor--they quoted me a minimum of $300. I leave the cover off the dome light, and pull the bulb when necessary.

Posted on Apr 08, 2009

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