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What is the liftgate?

HELP MY DOOR AJAR LIGHT STAYS ON SOMETIMES AND THEN SOMETIMES IT DOES'NT IM GOING CRAZY WITH THIS PROBLEM please help me i HAVE A 98 WINDSTAR gl tHX IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME

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The liftgate switch needs to be adjusted
or the gate its self.
ps:lift gate is the rear part of your van

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