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The warning bell and dome lights come on when I slow down as in stopping at a stop sign. The dome lights also stay on after I stop close doors and leave car. They remain on for up to an hour or so.

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This is almost alwys caused by defective door coutesy light/door ajar switch contacts is the sliding doors of the van,have done dozens at work for this problem.

Posted on Feb 02, 2010

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