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Old 04-21-2011, 11:44 AM
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Default 98 ranger dome light problems!

Hey everyone, im new to this, just joined...i have a question, my dome light will not turn off when i put a bulb in it...i did some reading and found that if you spray the latches with wd-40 or some kind of lubricant, it should fix the door ajar problem...i tried that and it didnt work!, it still dings when i put the key in and close the door, and the light will not turn off, checked all the fuses, and nothing, any help would be greatly appreciated!, thanks...btw its a 98 ranger :P
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:47 AM
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Default Re: 98 ranger dome light problems!

Do you have a 4door? I had this same problem on mine. you can pop the door pannel off and pull the latch out, clean it up with some wd 40 pb blaster and work the mechanism, regrease, and re install. the door ajar sensor is on the lower latch. If it doesn't work you can short out the leads going in (or cut them not sure of the nature of the switch either way no harm done) or get a replacement latch
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:52 AM
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Default Re: 98 ranger dome light problems!

its a single cab..so what you want me to do is take the panels off and take the swithches out and regrease them and all that jazz?, sorry i dont really know rangers, i was into civic for the past 2 or 3 years, just bought a ranger this past fall!
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:55 AM
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Default Re: 98 ranger dome light problems!

your door latch is still probably similar just obviously on a different door. Unless theres a push switch in the door jam. Do your doors close and latch easily or do you have to use some good force to get them closed?
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:57 AM
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Default Re: 98 ranger dome light problems!

fairly easy to close..the passenger is a little iffy sometimes..ya have to give it a bit of a throw to close the door, i think it might be the passenger door causing the problem...i can tell by the way it opens and closes
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:04 PM
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Default Re: 98 ranger dome light problems!

I would start there. I would guess that the latch could just use a good hit with wd-40 to free it up some more.

Spray the hell out of it and use a screw driver to act as the door pin and just keep working it until it seems smooth. You may be able to get away with out pulling the door apart
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:16 PM
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Default Re: 98 ranger dome light problems!

Get some type of Spray cleaned not just Spray oil.. I used break clean on mine might not be the best but works.. Spray the latch down good i mean use the lil straw and get it in to everything on the door latch Then spray it down with a good spray lube and open and close the door a bunch of times.

That fixed it on mine and i also have a 98.


If that dont work just let me know and i can tell you how to disconnect it but you wont have any dome lights.
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Old 04-21-2011, 03:41 PM
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Default Re: 98 ranger dome light problems!

so the pin that tells the door is closed is in the latch itself?...just gotta fiddle with it some??
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Old 04-21-2011, 04:27 PM
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Default Re: 98 ranger dome light problems!

Yes! The mechanism is in the door jam latch itself
The part that the door itself has to connect to the bolt
Usually a liberal amount of wD-40 will work
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