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With the hatch open remove any panel near the inside of lock so you can get to the horse shoe clip to remove. You must on some models remove on the outside of the trunk a logo style medal piece that is usually pop riveted on-this can be drilled at the pop rivets -but you must replace by using new rivets when finishing, that will be the last step-always examine the lock before removal so you know how to reinstall.

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  • It can very possibly be the door ajar switch. But it may not need to be replaced. Them switches get dirt and crud in them as well as rust. You can spray some WD-40 on the switch and open and close the door a few times. and see if this loosens it up some.
  • If you need to replace it then this is an easy task. The switch is just a few inches below the door latch on the inside of the door frame.
  1. Remove the neg battery terminal.
  2. Remove the screw from inside the armrest.
  3. Remove the screw under the door handle.
  4. Take a torx wrench and remove the three bolts (on the side of the door) holding that hold the door latch in place.
  5. Pull the latch out and you will see the door ajar switch.
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