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Old 08-01-2011, 10:52 PM
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Default Dome light won't shut off.

Hi all, well I ran into a problem today with my dome light in that I can not get it to shut off for the life of me. I made sure all of the doors were shut completely, made sure that it wasn't actually turned on. and even when it's off and I lock it with the key fob it still stays on.

Also on a side note when I bought it last week I noticed that the door ajar light stays on all of the time even when to doors are closed completely, this may be related to the dome light issue but I'm not entirely sure.

Any help in regards to where I should begin with trying to fix this would be much appreciated!
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:19 AM
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Default Re: Dome light won't shut off.

Ok lets eliminate something elementary. You say you just bought it so there is a possibility that you don't know all the controls.

First thing to do is to check the dimmer switch. The round dial next to the headlight switch. Make sure its not rolled all the way up. The fully up position (there is a click to get it up this far) turns on your courtesy lights aka your dome light. See if you can bring it down past this click.

From your manual:
Locking the doors with the lock button on your fob.
Press this control to lock all doors.
To confirm all doors are closed and
locked, press the control a second
time within five seconds. The doors
will lock again, the horn will chirp
and the lamps will flash.
If any of the doors are ajar, the horn
will make two quick chirps,
reminding you to properly close all
doors.

So if your doors are ajar listen for the two chirps instead of one. That will let you know if you are having a problem with the door switch.

Post your results. Also add a signature with your current vehicle including year, engine, trans and 2wd or 4wd for future help. look at mine for example.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:34 PM
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Default Re: Dome light won't shut off.

I have checked both the switch on the dash and the one on the dome light itself, both of which are off. I found that there is a tiny electrical switch for the door ajar switch that can have gunk accumulate on it. So I sprayed some Silicone Lubricant on all of the door latches and hinges and really gave everything a good soaking. Both the door ajar light in the instrument cluster and the dome light remain on.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:50 PM
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Heres what I would do:

Take your door panel off and unbolt the latch. Three Torx Bolts (make sure you use the right size bit because they can strip pretty easy, they have loc tite on them). Find the door ajar switch. Its just a 2 pin connector (not the one on the lock actuator). And twist it out (you have to unbolt the latch to twist it out, otherwise the connect hits the door shell) and test for a complete circuit when the button is pushed.

Here is what they look like:
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:13 PM
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Default Re: Dome light won't shut off.

aaI have a 2000 ranger reg cab,3.0 v6,2wd,with the same problem,im in the process of tearing my sterring cloumn apart for the multi function switch,any better ideas?and my winshield wipers don't work or part of my dash lights
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:18 PM
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Default Re: Dome light won't shut off.

its definitely the door ajar switch. i have to make sure my doors are shut good because they tend to stick.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:09 AM
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Default Re: Dome light won't shut off.

Thanks for the tip about the dimmer switch guys! I feel like an idiot now, but I've ha my dome light fuse out for months because I couldn't get it to turn off, turns out the dimmer switch was up all the way, never thought that would turn on the dome light...

Thanks!
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:33 PM
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I have a 1997 Ranger. Found a replacement dome light fixture. Installed it but it won't shut off. I saw the comments re: WD40 and the door latch.
I will remove the door panel if necessary, but what am I looking for?
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:33 PM
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Had the same problem last year. Spray WD-40 on the latches on your doors and open and close them several times to let the grease work itself into the mechanism.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:36 PM
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I just added a 15 amp switch on the positive line. Now all I have to do is flip the switch. Its a plus for me cause it seperates the cargo light and dome light. So I don't turn on both.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:30 PM
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Had the same problem last year. Spray WD-40 on the latches on your doors and open and close them several times to let the grease work itself into the mechanism.
Use white lithium (grease) in a spray can. All WD40 does is loosen up rust and crud.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:38 PM
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I have checked both the switch on the dash and the one on the dome light itself, both of which are off. I found that there is a tiny electrical switch for the door ajar switch that can have gunk accumulate on it. So I sprayed some Silicone Lubricant on all of the door latches and hinges and really gave everything a good soaking. Both the door ajar light in the instrument cluster and the dome light remain on.
Maybe your door is not pushing the button in far enough. Possible if your door light ajar is on. My dome light was staying on too so I saw where the button was meeting the door, drilled a small hole and put a sheet metal screw in there. Been working for 3 years with no problems.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:40 PM
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Use white lithium (grease) in a spray can. All WD40 does is loosen up rust and crud.
Brilliant suggestion. Dome light was intermittent and would not turn off after being out in the rain. Eventually, it stayed on all the time. Went and bought a switch ($28 at the Dealer), called around some dealers and mechanics ($100 to $180 labor), then read this and bought some WD-40 ($5) and it fixed it ! ! ! ! MEGA THANKS ! ! ! !
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:16 AM
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Default Re: Dome light won't shut off.

ok gentlemen!! how do you R&I the door switch button? i have a 1992 ford ranger xlt! my button is broken any help would be greatly appreciated!!
thanks
Dan
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:18 AM
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ok gentlemen!! how do you R&I the door switch button? i have a 1992 ford ranger xlt! my button is broken any help would be greatly appreciated!!
thanks
Dan
Unscrew it, unhook the wire, hook wire to new one, screw it in
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