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Door ajar stays lit can it be fixed?

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2007-02-23 00:11:25
2007-02-23 00:11:25

I sprayed WD-40 wherever I could to get rid of my door ajar light staying on. It also worked for the interior light staying on after the door was shut. When you spray the wd-40 make sure you spray up as the sensor is on the top, also check by pulling on both the tops and bottoms of your rear cab doors. My back passanger cab door latch on the bottom broke and gave me the same problem.

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