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1999 Chevy Venture Battery Drain Problem!

Door ajar lights stay on when no doors are open and causing the battery to drain. What can this be caused by and how can it be fixed? I have a 1999 Chevy Venture minivan. Thank you for ANY help!!!

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You have to take out the door ajar switch its in the door it works your interior lights and door ajar switch which is in the door and is hitched to the door latch

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