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Can't get the inside lights to turn off, i have to take the fuse out so it won't draine my battery. Do you think it might be some other fuse?

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This is a common problem for Lincoln/Ford products. The most common cause is a bad or stuck door switch. The hard part is determining which switch is causing the problem. If it's a stuck switch, liberally spray lubricant (WD-40 or something similar) on the door switches. After spraying the switches, work them in and out by hand 10-20x to get the lubricant to work itself into the switch. If after performing this procedure the lights stay on (door ajar) then you've got a bad switch and need to replace it.

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