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On my 2006 honda pilot the rear left passenger door seems to be having issues with the door jamb switch or the door sensor. everytime i make a right turn, or the car goes over bumps...the "door open" sign lights up on the dashboard indicating that the rear left passenger door is open. to troubleshoot the problem and see if the switch itself is bad, i swapped the door jamb switches between the left and right rear passenger doors, but now the "door open" sign remains lit all the time for the rear left passenger door. so the problem did not move with the switch. next i just removed the door jamb switch altogether, from the rear left passenger door..and obviously the "door open" sign stops lighting up. i am out of ideas on how to fix this issue ?

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  • vishaljvora Nov 18, 2009

    would like more suggestions on how to fix the issue?

  • vishaljvora Nov 19, 2009

    need more suggestions..

  • vishaljvora Nov 20, 2009

    you r right on the point, that i bought the car used..and the door is moving ever so slightly to actuate the switch. i m not questioning your judgement. i respect that you r trying to help me here. i still dont understand, how i can adjust the striker ? because there are 3 different screws around the door , where the lock assembly is present. and those are super tight, i wasnt even able to turn them manually. i ll try to use a battery operated screwdriver and see if that works. or i ll put in a new switch and see if that helps.

  • vishaljvora Nov 24, 2009

    i m not exactly fixed up yet. :) ..you were right...i was trying to loosen the screws on the locking mechanism on the door...well i couldnt loosen them....anywys....

    but then i understood that you were asking me to move the "thing" in the door jamb...which is located just above the switch... those screws are jus way too tight... i am unable to move it yet.. i need to find a impact screwdriver as you suggested... for now ...i slightly hammered it towards the inside...not sure if it moved or not...but "the issue seems to be fixed temporarily"


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Hi there,

Excellent troubleshooting there.
Excellent description too.
Thank you.

When you pulled the switch on the switches, you actually narrowed the problem way down.

The problem, by the nature of the symptoms, must be in or around that specific door. If it's not the switch, what's left? The wire.

Check the wiring to the switch for breaks/shorts. Pull it through the mount hole as far as you can.

Plug the switch in and try to duplicate the problem manually.

Compare the mounting to the working right side.

Don't be frustrated, you did great. You are very close.

Comment back with any further observations.

Best regards,
Mike

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Adjust the door hing locking post by using a driver for the door lock move it to the inside by a 1/8 of an inch and it should fix your problem, if not tap the lock ring latch with a hammer to make it move in more so that when you shut the door it will close enought to stay off.

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These switches are self adjusting, what this means is when the new switch is installed and the door closed the switch automatically adjusts to the right length so the door turns the switch off when closed, my advice to u is stop frustrating yourself and replace the door ajar switch.

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    If the switch does correct the issue could you please credit me a FIXYA! for this problem as it is what I suggested to start with. Thanks and good luck!

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I think I can fix you up. First of all, when you manually, (with your finger), engage the switch does the light go off? If it does, a simple adjustment will do the trick. The reason that the light comes on when you turn right is the centrifigul force of the turn forces your door to the outside actuating the switch. The striker bar, (the metal piece inside the jamb), that your door latches to when shut has an adjustment...but it doesn't look like it does. To adjust, loosen the screws slightly, (you do not want to loosen to the point that the striker bar moves), then gently tap it toward the inside of the car and re-tighten. You want to adjust in very small increments, perhaps between 1/16" and 1/8", then test to see if it has taken the play out of the door that is allowing the light to come on. You can do this by starting the car and then with the window down, pull on the door to see if the light comes on. Good Luck! I hope this is helpful.

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  • Hal Hallman Nov 19, 2009

    The door adjustment is not perfect as it is, otherwise, the door would not move enough to actuate the switch. Very simple, In its present condition, the door needs to be just a tiny bit tighter against the weatherstripping. When you turn right, the door is moving..ever so slightly allowing the switch to activate the light. My fix will not be significant enough to "disalign" body panels, but should be enough to solve your issue.

  • Hal Hallman Nov 20, 2009

    The only other thing U can adjust is the switch...OK, so if you want to shim the switch and leave play in your door, that will likely keep the light off, but it will not fix the problem that the light is warning you of...YOUR DOOR IS MOVING SLIGHTLY!!!!!! I have told you how to correct, this is what any dealer, body shop, mechanic worth his salt would do. Period. Look, I would not suggest anything that was not correct...If I don't know...I don't post! I worked at a factory authorized dealership for 14 years...this is not babble, this is not speculation, this is the fix. The only other alternative is to adjust the switch, and I'm not going to suggest something that might compromise safety, since I know, if your description is not flawed, that your left rear door is moving. I will not jeapardise my reputation, nor will I make fixya liable for an unsafe solution to this issue. If you wish to adjust in any way other than the correct method, I will not be held responsible. Good Luck!

  • Hal Hallman Nov 20, 2009

    That is your perogative. I hope you find what you seek. Honda fit and finsih is impecable. I'd be willing to be that #1, you bought the car used and do not know what door adj has been made prior to your owning it, or #2 you bought it new and it has had body work and was improperly adjusted at that time. Am I close?

  • Hal Hallman Nov 20, 2009

    You are right, those screws are always tight...in fact, sometimes I have to use an impact screwdriver to free them up. The screws have a threaded "keeper" on the back side, and the holes that they go in are slotted, it allows for adjustment, just a little mind you, but that striker will go up and down and in and out just a bit. You don't want to loosen the hinges, just the striker in the jamb. I doubt if a new switch will work, since it didn't work when you moved one from the other door. Either way, the play needs to come out of that door. Good Luck on your fix.

  • Hal Hallman Nov 20, 2009

    By the way, you weren't trying to move the latch mechanism on the door...I hope. The striker that I am speaking of is in the door jamb...not attached to the door until it is shut...just wanted to be clear on that.

  • Hal Hallman Nov 23, 2009

    Was checking over solutions and came back across yours, tell me are you fixed yet. If so, what exactly did the trick? If you had tried to move the striker and were unable to loosen, an impact driver will likely free the screws...if you are not familiar, it is a large screwdriver that has a mechanism that turns it slightly, as you apply turning pressure while striking with a hammer. Let me know where you are at on this issue. I want to help you get fixed!

  • Hal Hallman Nov 24, 2009

    Good deal, I'm glad you've gotten "some" results. It won't have to move far at all to fix your problem, I say this since just the centrifugal force from a turn triggers the light. Tip, you want that striker to be very tight, so once you do get adjusted, reverse the direction on the impact and tighten with the impact driver. Continued good luck. I hope this has been very helpful. Let me know any developments or any further help I can offer.

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It seems this swotch has become very sensitive hence the cause of this problem.When the door is closed it has to press against the switch in order to tell the indicator that the door is closed, same principle as a fridge dooor switch.Now try a spacer between the point of contact of the door and this switch, say u stick a little piece of something that would make the switch be pressed further inside and see.If this solves your problem then either try to replace the switch or if there is any way of adjusting the switch then do it.Hope this gives you an idea..Remember there is nothing wrong else apart this switch here.

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