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I have a 2006 Ford Explorer and the interior lights will not come on when the door are open, but when you use the switch they come on

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Most likely a bad micro switch in the door latch assembly.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014

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SOURCE: Interior lights won't turn on when door opens

Do you have electric locks in the vehicle? One test to do is turn on the car's headlights and open the door. You should hear a chime when you open the driver door. One other thing is to unlock the doors with the remote if you have a remote open the driver door, get in the car but don't put the key in the ignition. The doors might relock after 15-20 seconds. This proves that the door signal open is not being processed. Just tell me what model VW and what year and if you have electric locks and I'll help you.

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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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  1. Check that headlamp switch (11654) is in the off position.
  2. Lift hood (16612).
  3. Release latch and swing filler panel to left or right.
  4. Remove electrical connector from headlamp bulb by grasping wires firmly and snapping connector rearward.
  5. Remove headlamp bulb retainer (13N019) by rotating counterclockwise (when viewed from rear) about one-eighth turn and sliding ring off plastic base. Keep headlamp bulb retainer as it may be used again to retain new headlamp bulb.
  6. Carefully remove headlamp bulb from socket by gently pulling straight backward out of socket. Do not rotate headlamp bulb during removal. 7056091.gif
Headlamp Assembly, Explorer
Removal and Installation
  1. Disconnect battery negative cable.
  2. Remove blind rivets (2) attaching screws (4) and radiator upper sight shield.
  3. Remove turn/park lamp attaching screws (2) and pull assembly away from body. Remove bulb sockets from housing and remove lamp assembly. Repeat on opposite side of vehicle.
  4. With turn/park lamp assembly removed, screw attaching grille to front fender flange is accessible. Remove grille attaching screw. Repeat on opposite side of vehicle.
  5. Remove attaching screws (4) located across top of grille.
  6. Grip lower edge of grille and pull outward to disengage from retaining clips. Remove grille.
  7. Using needle-nose pliers, compress barbs on headlamp housing retainer. With barbs compressed, pull forward on housing just enough to disengage from retainer. Repeat on opposite side of headlamp housing.
  8. Turn headlamp housing as necessary and pull forward to disengage from headlamp aiming ball socket.
  9. Disconnect wiring from headlamp bulb socket.
  10. If replacing headlamp housing, remove retaining collar and bulb.
For installation, follow removal procedures in reverse order. Make sure to check headlamp aim. 568a220.gif

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