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2001 PT cruiser dome light door ajar won't go off

I have a 2001 PT cruiser and I can't get the dome light to go off. The door ajar message pops up on the console and everytime I stop and take off it chimes to let me know a door isnt closed. I've taken all door switches out and tested them.
Saturday, I shook around the wires under the steering column and it went off. I opened the door and it came on again. I was able to get it to go off once more by shaking the bundle of wires. However, I wasnt able to get it to go back off again.
I'm guessing somewhere the system is seeing a ground? I taped the bundle of wires and tried to find a short but nothing. Any ideas? Where is the BCM located, maybe there's a short there. Thanks!

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