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Old 12-08-2009, 02:55 PM
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Default Door Chime / Dome Light / Door Ajar Problem

Hello Everyone, I am in need of your Ranger expertise.

For the last year or so, my door chime stays on all the time. You can lock the doors and everything, walk away, come back in 15 minute and still hear the chime from outside of the car. This has never killed my battery or anything, so I've been letting the problem go.

For the last week or so, the problem has gotten much worse. Now, my door chime is constantly on (hours at a time). My door ajar light is on by my gauges when the key is in the ignition, no matter how many times I close the door. My dome light inside is always on too, even if you try to turn it off manually. Today, I went into work, my chime, dome light, and door ajar lights were all on. I come out of work 4 hours later, and my battery is dead. As soon as I jumped it, all of the lights came on again, and are stuck on.

For a quick fix, I took the light bulb out of the dome light so it won't pull as much power. My chime is still going off, and my door ajar light is on anytime the key is in the ignition.

This electrical gremlin is driving me crazy. Anyone know how to fix this? or is this best left to a garage? If in the garage, any estimates on price

You guys are the best, thanks.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:11 PM
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Try messing around the door latch. The other day at work I found that one of the Rangers constantly had the "door ajar" indication on and dome light on even with the door seemingly closed.

Ended up taking a screw driver to the door latches and just pushing the latch back (simulating the motion it would make when it hits the metal pole it's supposed to latch onto). The force of the screwdriver was enough to cause the "door ajar" indication to go off so then I was able to confirm that the problem was with the door latch and I knew which door was causing the problem. After that I just SOAKED the latch in WD-40 and the problem was solved.

Quick and easy solution: Soak both door latches in WD-40. If that fixes it you know what the problem was.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:36 PM
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Good to hear. I'll try it out probably this weekend ( I have finals this week) and I'll let you know how it worked out. Thanks alot.
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Good to hear. I'll try it out probably this weekend ( I have finals this week) and I'll let you know how it worked out. Thanks alot.
So how did it work out?
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ya the WD40 works for the latches but what for the dome light?
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ya the WD40 works for the latches but what for the dome light?
So your dome light stays on, but your door ajar light is operational and turns off after closing your doors... yet your dome light still stays on? Doesn't seem right.
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ya the light stays on after i close the doors
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you could always disconnect the sensors.... when you open up the door panel and remove it, it's the plug that's the hardest to get to, so you will have to remove the 3 bolts in the side of the door and push the latch toward the inside of the door itself and remove it. The one that's easier to get to is for auto locks...

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Old 02-09-2010, 09:00 AM
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Have you checked the dome light switch? By this I mean the wheel on the dashbord. Have you turned it back and forth? Sometimes this is the problem, but anyway go over every door latch on your truck again with the WD40 cause if the chime stopped it means you fixed the drivers door, but the others still make the dome light on but not the chime.
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:51 AM
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Default Re: Door Chime / Dome Light / Door Ajar Problem

I had a 98 that had the same problem. Light would stay on, no chime , just the light. Spraye WD-40 into the latch and open and close the door a few times. Instead of having an old style plunger swith for the dome light, it is somehow built into the latch.
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:31 PM
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Most of the times this problem appears after a car wash or heavy rain. Moisture somehow short circuits the sensors and even though you closed the door, the sensor doesn't, know. What WD-40 does is displacing the moisture and restablishing th proper working of the sensor. From my experience I can tell you that is better to spray it from the side where the lock is.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:02 PM
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Default Re: Door Chime / Dome Light / Door Ajar Problem

I was just going to ask this very same question. My 2000 is doing the exact same thing and it is driving me nuts....off to use up some WD40. Thanks guys!!
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:56 AM
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Default Re: Door Chime / Dome Light / Door Ajar Problem

I have found, with the problem of the door chime, door ajar light issue, that the switch mounted at the door latch can get loose in the bracket. That causes the switch to not fully depress. I simply tightened the bracket so the switch would not move around.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:40 PM
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Default Re: Door Chime / Dome Light / Door Ajar Problem

My 95 that i just bought was having the same issue. I just took the door panel off and removed the wiring harness off the sensor. fixed my issue. I plan on replacing the sensor, as it is only like $12 at Oreillys. Just looks like its gonna be a pain in the butt to get to.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:20 AM
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Default Re: Door Chime / Dome Light / Door Ajar Problem

Talk about old thread revival.. lol I guess I'll pitch in my 2 cents on this. I had the same issue, and I used a lot of white lithium spray on my latches. White lithium is good for colder temp areas.
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