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1995 Ford Explorer battery discharges overnight. I have a meter and find that I am pulling about .65 amps with lights off and keys out of car. I havenotiv

Noticed the door ajar light is on but all doors are closed tight. My son said he thinks the rear hatch door has to be closed a few times to get the door ajar light to go off. Also we have even pulled the interior lamps because they would not go off for some reason...a bad switch maybe. ?

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Certainly sounds like a bad switch. They are a very simple affair, a centre live contact which touches earth when the centre pin is extended. The spring may be broken. Look around the hatch for it. The normally just pull out.

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