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The light on the floor of the car does not go off and the battary drains and the car will not start.

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Acg80249, Sounds like you have door switch problem. These are hard to check as Ford has put the switches in the door latch and the door panel has to be removed and the switch is hard to get at. What you can do in the meantime is to pull the bulb out of the socket until you can have the switch checked as this will stop the drain for now. Good luck with this.

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