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mvendl
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From: Lowell, IN, USA
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posted 02-25-2002 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvendl   Click Here to Email mvendl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So I'm drivin down the road and my dome light comes on and wont go off... Strange. I pulled the fuse and never got back to it. Not too long afterwards, here I am drivin down the road and the "door open with the ignition on" tone comes on. I'm havin a ****ty day so sorry for the lack of good descriptions. Any ideas? Its not killin me, but its a pain in the a$$. I personally think it is the contact switch on the door, but I cannot find it for the life of me... could it be in the hinge?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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MLariviere
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posted 02-25-2002 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The switch should be by the hinges. It should be covered up with some sort of rubber boot. It sounds like it's grounding to the chassis.

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mvendl
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posted 02-26-2002 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvendl   Click Here to Email mvendl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmm, Ill check it out. Another strange thing that may or may not go along with this is that sometimes while driving, my wipers will come on sporadically for no reason.
They will just pop on at full blast or will start spraying the windshield... very strange.

Thanks for the tip though, i'll check it out.

--mark
'66 Mustang Coupe
'97 Ranger XLT extend cab
'96 GMC Jimmy 4x4 4dr.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-26-2002 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, we've had this question pop up before. The switch is hidden in the weatherstripping, I believe.

Sounds like you have a bad wiper switch, too.

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MLariviere
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posted 02-26-2002 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those turn signal/wiper switches are a POS in my opinion. On mine,I have to flick it back and forth a few times or it to work. I wonder how bad a project that is to change. My luck,i would deploy the airbag. $$$$$$$

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rellik74
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From: Trinidad , Colorado, USA
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posted 02-27-2002 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rellik74   Click Here to Email rellik74     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The switch you are looking for is inside the latch, Spray it with ( a good long blast) WD-40 IT fixed my 98, and I fixed the Explorer at work too. It seems to be a comon Ford Problem.

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70boss302
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From: Jeffersonville, NY USA
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posted 03-09-2002 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70boss302   Click Here to Email 70boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I routinely spray all my latches now at every oil change and this problem as never returned. WD-40 really works. Maybe it is a moisture problem grounding out the terminals inside, JMHO. Bill

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Mike65
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posted 04-18-2002 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike65   Click Here to Email Mike65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Mark,
From experierence on my 96 Ranger (RIP) the interior light switchs are located inside the door on the latch.

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