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280zx rear hatch light switch

On my 1983 280zx, my dome light does not go out with the rear hatch
being closed. I had the rear hatch seal off and the dome light went off,
then I reinstalled the hatch seal and the dome light won't go off with the
hatch being closed. I assume it's either a bad hatch switch or out of
adjustment. My question is, where is it? The is no switches or wires
anywhere I can see. Please help me find it.

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Check behind both the latch and the lock sounds like out of adjustment a door adjustment may even fix it

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