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There is no switch in the door jam itself, so there is not something that can be called a door jam switch. The door ajar switch is located on the backside of the latch mechanism inside the door. You will have to remove the door panel and latch assembly to access it.

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I just replaced the door jam switch on my 2000 Expedition, front driver's side. And yes, it is called a door jam switch even though it's not attached directly to the door jam. I bought the new switch for less than $6 plus postage on the internet from rockauto on the internet. The switch is attached to the bottom of the latch assembly -- the part on the inside of the door jam. Here's how to replace it, step by step.

Remove the light cover on the bottom part of the door panel. You push the bottom tab in and up to do that. Then remove the screw holding the recessed light holder. Twist the light holder a quarter turn and push it inside. Now pry up the plastic piece around the latch handle. Remove the door handle by removing the bolt that holds it to the metal linkage part that is bolted inside the door. Also remove another bolt that you can now see inside, which bolt holds on the door panel. Next pry up (toward the sky) the front triangular plastic panel piece near the hinge. Then remove the bolt that you can now see. Pry up the plastic window switch assembly. Unplug the plugs you can now see. Be careful as they break easily. Be patient and slowly pull them apart after pressing down on the little tabs that hold the switch parts together. Lift up the door panel by the handle. Be careful because it is still attached by a wire to the mirror controller (if you're working on the driver's side door). Naturally, disconnect the mirror controller plug. Now pry back the rear half of the protective lining that is between the door panel and the metal door. Now disconnect the window rail by removing the bottom bolt and washer. Tie the window rail up as high as you can. Reach down under the door latch and unplug the door jam switch. You press the upper part of the black plastic part down and then pull the wired end of the plug toward the front of the vehicle. Now twist the door jam switch one quarter turn toward the outside of the door. Now it will come out. Replace the jam switch and follow all these steps in reverse order.

Sadly, the door jam switch I replaced was not the problem. My problem was causing my dome light fuse to burn out, and it turned out to be a screw through a wire holding the bottom light in the door panel. When the Expedition was originally assembled in the Ford plant, the door installer had run a screw right through one of the wires leading to that little light. That little interior light had burned out, and I should have got a clue from that. So I have a new door jam switch, and my old one, which is perfectly good, will be put on trusave.com.

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Q: Where is the door jamb switch on a 1999 Ford Expedition?
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