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Dome light will not go off after the doors are opened and closed. It will eventually go off after about 15 minutes. Dash indicates that a door is still open although all doors are closed

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Shut it off maually by the switch on the roof.If it gets off by manual switch then,take the switch apart and clean it.But if that is not helping the, The easy fix for this is to take wd40 and spray it in the latching mechanism. With the door open, simply saturate the latch mechanism with WD-40 -- spray it directly into the latch jaws -- and then work the latch several times (by closing and opening the door) to work the spray into the latch. Do this to each door in turn -- don't just assume that the problem is confined to one particular door! If it does not then you will need to replace the switch in the door itself.The switch is located inside the latch mechanism. The only way to directly access it is to remove the door panels and latch. You can get wd -40 at local hardware store or at walmart stores or at home depot store Its easily available.Its a spray. Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this solution and show your appreciation

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  1. Make sure all doors and trunk close tightly. Lean hard against each door, starting with the driver's, because it is the most likely since it gets the most use. Watch the light. If it goes out, you're halfway there - you've located the problem door.
  2. Squirt some WD-40 into each door's switch. They may be located near the hinge, or near the latch. Press the button repeatedly and then wipe it off. That may fix the problem.
  3. Next, it could be the alignment of the door and strike plate on the jamb. Adjust the latter until the light goes out.
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  2. You didn't say whether the dome light stayed on. If so, or if you have any other information, please post it and I'll try to help you determine the next steps.
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