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Door ajar light won't go out until the timer shuts it off sometimes as long as 30 minutes. This includes the dome lights.

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Don't think you have a door ajar switch problem , more then like the lighting control module is the culprit . Does the door ajar light on the instrument cluster stay lit ?
The interior lighting can be separated into two distinct modes of operation: the courtesy lighting and the demand lighting. The lighting control module (LCM) controls all of the interior lighting in the vehicle, as described in the following text.
The front dome lamps, rear reading lamps, and instrument panel courtesy lamps, can be illuminated either by opening any of the vehicle doors (courtesy lamp function) or by depressing the headlamp switch (demand lamp function).
When any door is open, the door ajar switch grounds an input to the LCM which then sends power to the courtesy lamps. The voltage sent to the courtesy lamps gradually increases from 0 volts to 12 volts within 500 ms (± 50 ms), to achieve the theater lighting effect. When the door(s) are closed the door ajar switch(es) break(s) the ground to the LCM input which then gradually reduces the power from 12 volts to 0 volts within 5 seconds. (± .5 second).
When the headlamp switch is depressed it grounds an input to the LCM which in turn sends 12 volts to the front dome lamps, rear reading lamps, and instrument panel courtesy lamps. When the headlamp switch is depressed a second time, it breaks the ground to the LCM input which then ceases to send power to the front dome lamps, rear reading lamps, and instrument panel courtesy lamps.

The battery saver will disrupt power to the courtesy lamps after 10 minutes, the demand lamps after 30 minutes, and the headlamps after 10 minutes. Turning the ignition switch to the RUN or ACC position will terminate the battery saver feature by disabling the interrupt timers and reinstate power to the lamps.
Do you know what DTC'S are ? diagnostic trouble codes !
LCM Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Index DTC Description Source Action B1322 Driver Door Ajar Circuit Short to Ground LCM Go To Pinpoint Test F . B1442 Door Handle Switch Circuit Failure LCM Go To Pinpoint Test G . B1445 Door Handle Switch Circuit Short to Ground LCM Go To Pinpoint Test G . B1563 Door Ajar Circuit Failure LCM Go To Pinpoint Test C . B1566 Door Ajar Circuit Short to Ground LCM Go To Pinpoint Test H . B1685 Lamp Dome Input Circuit Failure LCM Go To Pinpoint Test I . B1687 Lamp Dome Input Circuit Short to Battery LCM Go To Pinpoint Test I . - All Other DTCs LCM REFER to Section 419-10 .

PINPOINT TEST C: THE COURTESY LAMPS STAY ON CONTINUOUSLY CONDITIONS DETAILS/RESULTS/ACTIONS C1 CHECK THE SYSTEM OPERATION Open and close each door, making sure that each door is completely closed.
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Yes GO to C2 .

No The system is operating correctly. C2 TEST DOME LAMP SWITCH Depress the dome lamp switch.
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Yes DEPRESS the dome lamp switch a second time. GO to C3 .

No The system is operating correctly. C3 CHECK THE LIGHTING CONTROL MODULE
LCM C2145a

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Yes REPAIR circuit 53 (BK/LB). REPEAT the self-test. CLEAR the DTCs.

No INSTALL a new LCM. REFER to Section 419-10 . REPEAT the self-test. CLEAR the DTCs.

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